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Four killed as U.S. drone strikes resume in Pakistan

The deadly US drone campaign in Pakistan’s tribal zone resumed with a missile strike that killed four militants, two months after aNATO raid that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. The CIA campaign had reportedly been suspended to avoid worsening relations between the United States and Pakistan after the deadly November 26 incident, which eroded even more…

Buying up crime souvenirs, a growing U.S. market

The calculator used by the Virginia Tech student killer is up for sale on the Internet along with a lock of hair snipped from notorious assassin Charles Manson and letters from several serial killers. The market for buying grisly souvenirs linked to infamous crimes is growing in the United States, with a half-dozen websites sharing…

LA votes to force porn actors to wear condoms

Los Angeles city lawmakers voted to require porn actors to wear condoms on set, the latest move in a battle between AIDS activistsand the California-based US adult film industry. In a vote which must be confirmed next week, the City Councilapproved by 11 to 1 an ordinance to enforce the condom requirement and…

Swearing and nudity: Supreme Court eyes indecency

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court questioned whether battling indecency made sense in these times, in a case involving blurted broadcasting of curse words, and TV series’ bare buttocks shots. Justices reviewing the case were vocally divided. Some insisted on keeping regulation in place while others stressed that the vast…

73-year-old woman forced to enter bank with an ankle bomb

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan 10 (Reuters) – Authorities searched on Tuesday for a man who made a 73-year-old grandmother enter a bank wearing an ankle bomb in an attempt rob it. On Monday, Betty Davis entered an Arvest Bank branch in Fayetteville, Ark., about 140 miles from Little Rock. She…

Ohio man kills son, two others, then himself in argument over food

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – An Ohio man who was caring for his sick wife killed her two sisters and his adult son before taking his own life, police said Tuesday. Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North identified the shooter as Paul Gilkey, 63, who lived near Logan, Ohio, southeast of Columbus.…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters allowed back into Zuccotti Park

Two months after the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters were evicted from New York City’s Zuccotti Park, police on Tuesday removed the metal barricades surrounding the park and allowed the public back in. The barricades were removed only a day after the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Constitutional…

Court: Oklahoma can’t enforce Sharia law ban

DENVER (Reuters) – A federal appeals court upheld an injunction against a voter-approved ban on Islamic law in Oklahoma on Tuesday, saying it likely violated the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against religion. A three-member panel of the Denver-based U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the rights of…

Senor Romney? Candidate’s Mexican roots revealed

NEW YORK — Could Mitt Romney become el presidente — or at least, America’s first president with a Mexican-born father? US news reports this week shed light on a little-known side to the leading Republican candidate to take on President Barack Obama: his surprisingly strong Mexican roots. The wealthy former…

U.S. again calls on Iran to cease enrichment work

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday there was “no plausible justification” for Iran’s production of enriched uranium at a new site, again calling on Tehran to cease all such work. In a toughening of tone from Washington, Clinton said confirmation from the UN atomic watchdog that…

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