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North Carolina prisoners remain behind bars on bogus gun possession charges

At least 40 prisoners, and potentially many more, are sitting in federal prison for gun possession in North Carolina, even though the federal law that put them there has since changed, according to an explosive report Thursday from USA Today. Take Travis Bowman, who was pulled over for speeding in…

Number of U.S. cancer survivors set to reach 18 million in a decade

The number of people in the United States who have survived cancer is set to reach nearly 18 million in the next decade, up from 13.7 million currently, said a US study out Thursday. The number of survivors is growing because of better treatments and an ageing and expanding population,…

Anti-LGBT leader: Same sex adoption is ‘a form of sexual abuse’

The director of issues of the anti-LGBT rights group American Family Association (AFA) on Wednesday claimed that kids were facing “a form of sexual abuse” when they were adopted by same sex couples. During his Wednesday radio program Focal Point, Bryan Fischer pointed to a debunked study that suggested children…

Meghan McCain says she doesn’t use marijuana… frequently

The daughter of former Republican presidential nominee John McCain says she supports the legalization of marijuana, but doesn’t use the drug — at least not “frequently.” Meghan McCain on Tuesday explained to NBC host Jay Leno why she made the decision to support marijuana legalization in her latest book, America,…

Man awarded $25 million for workplace racial harassment

NEW YORK — A US jury has awarded $25 million in damages to an employee of ArcelorMittal, a Luxembourg-based steel company, who for years endured racial harassment at his workplace, his lawyer said. Elijah Turley, an African-American, had testified in a three-week trial that racial slurs and other incidents from…

U.S. boxer Mayweather to remain in jail

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Boxer Floyd Mayweather must serve the rest of his jail sentence, a judge ruled, denying an emergency motion seeking to put him under house arrest. Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa disagreed with Mayweather’s complaints that he didn’t have enough to drink or eat and couldn’t…

Rhode Island decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican turned Independent, on Wednesday signed into law a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. The Providence Journal reported that the law makes possessing an ounce or less of marijuana a civil violation with a $150 fine. However, three violations within 18 months…

Justice Dept. drops case against ex-politician John Edwards

WASHINGTON — The US Justice Department Wednesday said it would drop remaining charges against former Democratic star and presidential hopeful John Edwards who was charged with misusing campaign funds. The lawyer turned politician saw his stellar career collapse after he fathered a child with videographer Rielle Hunter in 2007 and…

New Obama ad mocks ‘out of touch’ Romney

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s campaign savagely mocked Mitt Romney as “out of touch” with ordinary Americans Wednesday with a web video featuring a highlight reel of the Republican’s gaffes. The move came as Romney, a multi-millionaire former venture capitalist, argues that it is Obama that has lost touch with…

Alligator bites hand off Florida boat captain

MIAMI — A Florida tour boat operator had his hand bitten off as he was feeding an alligator marshmallows to entertain passengers, officials said Wednesday. The boat was carrying about six tourists late Tuesday when the alligator leapt up and devoured the sweets along with the captain’s hand, according to…

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