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Firefighters battle huge blazes across the West

Hundreds more firefighters were ordered to fight the biggest wildfire in a decade in Colorado, as federal agencies scrambled to help tackle blazes in several western US states. More than 500 firefighters were attacking the blaze and plans were to have as many as 700 to 800 by Wednesday, said…

Soda wars fizz in New York after proposed ban

A soda war fizzed in New York on Tuesday as the city health department began to consider a proposal by health-conscious Mayor Michael Bloomberg to ban super-sized soft drinks. Bloomberg’s proposal on May 31 triggered a wave of reactions from the media, shop keepers, anti-obesity campaigners and New Yorkers who…

George Zimmerman’s wife arrested on perjury charge over bond hearing

Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of the man accused of murdering the Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, was arrested on a perjury charge on Tuesday. Sheriff’s deputies escorted the 25-year-old into the Seminole County jail in Sanford, Florida, at about 3.30pm. She was freed an hour later after posting $1,000 bail. The…

Zetas leader among 14 indicted in U.S. for money laundering

A top leader of Mexico’s feared Zetas drug gang was among 14 cartel members indicted in the United States for money laundering after a raid Tuesday which nabbed his brother, officials said. The 25-page indictment alleges that Miguel Angel Trevino Morales — who is believed to be in Mexico operating…

Georgia denies KKK’s request to ‘Adopt-A-Highway’

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it would not allow the Ku Klux Klan to participate in the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program. “The impact of erecting a sign naming an organization which has a long rooted history of civil disturbance would cause a significant public concern,” the department wrote…

Johnson & Johnson cuts ties with American Legislative Exchange Council

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday became the 19th company to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council following a campaign launched by liberal and progressive groups. “We have been in dialogue with ALEC for some time, and while we acknowledge ALEC’s recent decision to focus only on…

Senators introduce bill to end trade curbs on Russia

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of US senators introduced legislation Tuesday that would scrap a decades-old law imposing trade restrictions on Moscow, saying it’s necessary as Russia joins the WTO. Washington’s former Cold War adversary has been given the green light to join the World Trade Organization, which means the…

Quebec protest law challenged in court

MONTREAL — Lawyers for students, community groups and trade unions in Canada’s Quebec province asked a court Tuesday to suspend an emergency law regulating protests after months of rallies over tuition hikes. Felix-Antoine Michaud, a lawyer for the petitioners, argued in Quebec Superior Court that the law effectively outlaws spontaneous…

Male doctors earn more than women: U.S. study

WASHINGTON — Men who are doctors earn about $12,000 more per year than women doctors, according to a US study published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The differences persisted even after adjusting for factors like specialty, academic rank and work hours, said researchers at the…

Rand Paul proposes bill to prevent warrantless drone surveillance

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced legislation on Tuesday that would prohibit law enforcement agencies from using unmanned aerial vehicles to conduct surveillance without a warrant. “I’m not against technology per se,” he explained on CNN. “What I am for are the constitutional processes that protect our civil liberties. So, you…

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