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Reprieved Oregon death row prisoner granted right to be executed

Convicted murderer Gary Haugen has rejected clemency of Oregon governor John Kitzhaber, and says he wants to die America’s emotional debate over the role of the death penalty has taken a strange new twist after a convicted killer has been granted the legal right to insist on his right to…

Report: Jared Loughner to plead guilty in Tucson shooting massacre

Accused killer Jared Lee Loughner is prepared to plead guilty on Tuesday for the 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that left six people dead and critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, according to the Los Angeles Times. According to the paper, two sources familiar with the trial’s proceedings said mental…

Houston restaurant lampoons Chick-fil-A with ‘chick-on-chick’ sandwich

Chick-fil-A has been joined in the realm of restaurants espousing their opinions about same-sex marriage. In Houston, a local eatery called Beaver’s has added a tongue-in-cheek offering to its menu in support of gay mariage in the form of a sandwich loaded with chicken and double entendre. The name of that meal:…

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s wife says he was ‘debilitated by depression’

The wife of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) opened up for the first time about the mysterious and sudden withdrawal of her husband from public life, saying that he suffered from severe depression but that he did not, as some speculated, attempt suicide. In an exclusive interview with the Chicago…

Phelps wins gold in last Olympic race of his career

US great Michael Phelps bowed out of Olympic competition in golden style Saturday as Britain’s Jessica Ennis provided theLondon Games’ signature moment with a dazzling heptathlon win. As Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake made their first appearance on the track, Phelps made sure of his 18th Olympic title — and 22nd medal overall — in the 4x100m medley relay,…

Larry Craig now claiming bathroom bust was ‘business trip’

Former Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) is attempting to have his infamous public bathroom arrest for soliciting sex from an undercover police officer reclassified as having occurred on an official Senate business trip. According to the Fox News website, the disgraced lawmaker is trying to avoid a fine from the Federal…

NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisks suffers marked drop

New York’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy of fighting crime, which many critics say involves racial profiling of black and Hispanic citizens, has been reduced markedly in recent months, it has been claimed. The New York police department’s tactic has become a major source of debate in the city as proponents say…

Truman’s grandson visits Hiroshima

The grandson of former US president Harry Truman, who authorised the atomic bombing of Japan during World War II, visited Hiroshima on Saturday before the 67th anniversary of its devastation. Clifton Truman Daniel, 55, toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and offered a silent prayer for victims of the 1945…

U.S. officials warn of swine flu outbreak at county fairs

US health officials on Friday warned the public to be careful around pigs after an outbreak of flu among visitors to county fairs. The virus does not appear to have evolved to the point where it spreads easily among humans, but it does contain a gene from the pandemic H1N1…

Young undocumented immigrants can apply for deportation relief

The US government said it would begin accepting applications later this month from young undocumented immigrants who hope to avoid deportation under a new policy. Starting August 15, “individuals will be able to submit a request for consideration of deferred action” to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS Director…

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