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Abusive Texas judge claims child abuse victims are ‘fantasizers’

An Aransas County judge, who was caught on tape brutally beating his daughter, has been suspended by the Texas Supreme Court. Judge William Adams (R) agreed to a suspension without pay while the State Commission on Judicial Conduct investigates the allegations against him, according to The Associated Press. The clerk…

Wyden: Protect IP Act may pass if Americans don’t call Congress

The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (Protect IP) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) “are like two peas in a pod,” Sen. Ron Wyden, the bills’ most vocal opponent in the U.S. Senate, explained to Raw Story in an exclusive interview.…

Bachmann may have leaked classified information during GOP debate

Americans probably had no idea that six of Pakistan’s nuclear sites had come under jihadist attack. That is, until Republican presidential candidate spilled the beans on national television Tuesday. During the CNN-hosted Republican presidential debate on national security, Bachmann, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, revealed that 15 nuclear…

Occupy protesters squat on Oakland foreclosure property

OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) – Anti-Wall Street demonstrators in Oakland, evicted from three public spaces in recent weeks, have set up camp on a privately owned vacant lot as they look to regain momentum for their protests. The so-called Occupy Oakland activists, touting their latest move as a bid to rescue…

‘Occupy Los Angeles’ says city is offering incentives to move

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – City officials have offered Occupy L.A. protesters 10,000 square feet of indoor space and other incentives to vacate the City Hall lawn they have camped on for over seven weeks, a lawyer for the group said on Tuesday. The proposal emerged from two days of talks…

Jobless rate falls in 36 states

WASHINGTON — Unemployment fell in 36 states last month, the US Labor Department said Tuesday, with 2012 election battleground states South Carolina, Michigan and Minnesota seeing significant drops in joblessness. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Michigan and Minnesota — key targets for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign —…

Oregon becomes latest state to halt executions

LOS ANGELES — The governor of Oregon announced a halt to executions in the northwestern US state, the latest to drop capital punishment as a penal option. Governor John Kitzhaber issued a temporary reprieve for a prisoner due to die next month, and said he would allow no more executions…

At GOP debate, Santorum claims Africa is a ‘country’

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum became the latest Republican presidential candidate to misspeak about Africa Tuesday. During CNN’s debate on foreign policy, Santorum said that “Africa was a country,” instead of a continent. Former Bush Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, who now serves as a scholar for the American Enterprise Institute,…

Santorum: ‘Absolutely’ Muslims should be profiled

At least two Republican presidential candidates at Tuesday night’s foreign policy debate agreed that the Transportation Security Administration could do a better job if they began profiling Muslims. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer noted that former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum had advocated profiling in the past. “Just to be precise, is it…

Merck fined $950 mn over painkiller marketing

WASHINGTON — Pharmaceutical giant Merck will pay nearly $1 billion to resolve criminal and civil charges for wrongfully marketing its former hit painkiller Vioxx, the US Department of Justice said. Merck agreed to plead guilty to breaking the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act after it promoted Vioxx for rheumatoid arthritis…

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