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WikiLeaks suspect ‘abused’ trust: U.S. Army prosecutors

FORT MEADE, Maryland — US Army prosecutors said Thursday that Private Bradley Manning “abused our trust” and should face a court-martial for one of the most serious intelligence breaches in US history. Defense attorneys argued meanwhile at the conclusion of a seven-day hearing that the charges against the 24-year-old soldier…

U.S. approves new nuclear plant design

WASHINGTON — The US approved a new nuclear plant design Thursday, paving the way for the country’s first new nuclear power facilities since 1996 to be built. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave the green light to Westinghouse’s 1,100 megawatt AP1000 pressurized water reactor design, which is slated for use in…

Perry has ‘no problem’ drug-testing welfare recipients

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that he was not opposed to requiring welfare recipient to undergo mandatory drug tests, according to CBS News. “I don’t have a problem with before you get any dollars from the federal government that you’re drug tested,” Perry said at a meet-and-greet in Iowa.…

House Republicans agree to two-month payroll tax extension

House Republicans have agreed to pass a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday for 160 million U.S. workers, congressional sources told Talking Points Memo and the National Journal. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate struck a short-term compromise on the payroll tax cut and employment insurance. But House Speaker…

Man misses mouse and shoots roommate, revealing child rapist

A Utah man who was trying to kill a mouse ended up shooting one roommate and getting another arrested for child rape, while a fourth roommate slept through the whole thing. Taylorsville Police Sgt. Tracy Wyant told Deseret News that the first roommate, 27, had been trying to kill a…

George H.W. Bush: ‘Romney is the best choice’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is getting an informal boost from the 41st president of the United States less than two weeks before the Iowa caucuses. Former President George H.W. Bush told the Houston Chronicle earlier this week that Romney was his man, citing the candidate’s “stability, experience, principles.” “I…

Attorney for Bradley Manning seeks reduced charges

US Army prosecutors said Thursday that Private Bradley Manning”abused our trust” and should face a court-martial for one of the most serious intelligence breaches in US history. Defense attorneys for the WikiLeaks suspect argued meanwhile at the conclusion of a seven-day hearing on this military base outside Washington that the charges against the…

Catholic cardinal warns Gay Pride Parade could ‘morph into Ku Klux Klan’

A Catholic cardinal in Chicago on Wednesday compared the gay liberation movement to the Ku Klux Klan. Appearing on Fox’s Chicago station, Cardinal Francis George complained that this year’s Gay Pride Parade route would mean that Our Lady of Mount Carmel might have to cancel Sunday mass for the first…

Nevada judge blocks ‘excessively broad’ personhood petition

A Nevada judge ruled Wednesday that an anti-abortion petition is so vague that backers may not even circulate it among voters. In granting an injunction against Personhood Nevada, District Judge James Wilson said that the attempt to define the meaning of a “person” in the state’s Constitution was “excessively broad.”…

Another presumed John Wayne Gacy victim turns up alive

When Ted Szal disappeared in Chicago 35 years ago, his family assumed that he had fallen victim to serial killer John Wayne Gacy. But Szal’s family got an early Christmas gift this year when they learned that he had been alive all this time and living in a suburb of…

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