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Cain tells staff he’s reconsidering candidacy

On a conference call Tuesday morning, motivational speaker and former businessman Herman Cain told senior campaign staff that he is considering dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to published reports. During the call, he denied a claim that he carried on a 13-year affair with…

Prosecutor: Advocating jury nullification ‘not protected by the First Amendment’

Advocating for a controversial legal tactic known as jury nullification can get U.S. citizens prosecuted for jury tampering, according to one Manhattan prosecutor who’s pursuing that very charge against a 79-year-old former chemistry professor. Indicted last year, all Julian P. Heicklen says he was doing is handing out pamphlets from…

Tasers come out for ‘Occupy Olympia’ protesters

At least four of the thousands of protesters who were attempting to occupy the Washington state Capitol were arrested on Monday as lawmakers considered $2 billion in budget cuts. The State Patrol used tasers on three other protesters. About 3,000 people from Occupy Olympia, unions and social service groups gathered…

Cancer drug ‘scalpers’ corner U.S. market

Pssst. Wanna buy some chemo drugs? A new trend in pharmaceutical sales has raised concerns over ethics and patient safety, as companies buy up critical cancer drugs in short supply and attempt to resell them at huge markups. Rather than operate by the dark of night on street corners, these…

Sandusky charity tells donors: Give elsewhere

(Reuters) – The charity founded by the former Penn State football coach facing explosive child sex abuse charges asked donors on Monday to give money instead to a separate Pennsylvania charity. The Second Mile non-profit, which has been battered by child molestation charges against founder Jerry Sandusky, said it was…

DOJ officials investigate Alabama immigration law’s impact on rights

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) – Two Justice Department officials said they returned to Alabama on Monday as “boots on the ground” to sift through some of the more than 1,000 e-mails and calls received on a hotline fielding concerns about the state’s tough new immigration law. “The more we hear, the…

Judge blocks anti-abortion license plates in North Carolina

WILMINGTON, North Carolina (Reuters) – A judge on Monday blocked the state of North Carolina from issuing voluntary vehicle license plates with an anti-abortion slogan on them. U.S. District Judge James Fox granted a preliminary injunction sought by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. The ACLU argued in…

Mexican truck driver jailed in drug tunnel conspiracy

SAN DIEGO, California (Reuters) – A U.S. judge jailed a Mexican truck driver for 15 years and 8 months on Monday for his role in a conspiracy to smuggle drugs through a sophisticated tunnel to California from Mexico. U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns sentenced Daniel Navarro-Chavez, 45, to prison…

U.S. builds sea fence to stop Mexican immigrant wave

LOS ANGELES — The United States is building a barrier stretching 300 feet (90 meters) out into the Pacific to bar illegal immigrants from using a low-tide route to flood into southern California from Mexico. The $4.3 million project will replace a dilapidated border fence with an 18-foot (nearly six-meter)…

Police hold off on eviction of Los Angeles ‘Occupy’ camp

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Throngs of anti-Wall Street activists hunkered down in their Los Angeles camp for another night of uncertainty early on Tuesday as police stayed largely on the sidelines 24 hours after a deadline to vacate passed. But crowds that had swelled to more than 2,000 at their…

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