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Defense releases Zimmerman police interview and statement

“Ever hear of Murphys’ Law?,” a police investigator asked George Zimmerman, according to The Orlando Sentinel. Zimmerman’s defense team released his written and video statements to police following his fatal encounter with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, as well as Zimmerman’s interview with Sanford Police lead investigator Chris Serino, who was skeptical…

Biden: This election is ‘about who the hell we are’

Vice President Joe Biden painted a bleak picture of a Mitt Romney presidency Wednesday at a gathering of black media professionals, the Huffington Post reports. “Imagine what the Supreme Court will look like after three years of a Romney presidency,” Biden said in a speech at the National Association of…

Sanford police chief fired after criticism for releasing Zimmerman without charge

The police chief who sparked outrage by releasing accused murderer George Zimmerman without charge on the night he shot and killed the unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin has been sacked. Bill Lee, head of the Sanford police department in central Florida, had lost the confidence of the community and was relieved…

Mississippi overtakes Texas, executes sixth inmate this year

Mississippi executed its sixth death row inmate this year, overtaking Texas as the US state that has put the most inmates to death so far in 2012, authorities said. Gary Carl Simmons, 49, was put to death by lethal injection at 6:16 pm (2316 GMT), prison officials said. Simmons was…

Title IX at 40: what it’s done for gender equity – and the road still ahead

Title IX at 40: what it’s done for gender equity – and the road still ahead (via The Christian Science Monitor) Title IX is having a birthday bash this week, with many Americans – including top White House officials and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle –…

U.S. opens new areas of Gulf of Mexico to drilling

The US government offered up new areas of the central Gulf of Mexico for drilling for the first time since the 2010 BP oil spill and received $1.7 billion in winning bids, officials said Wednesday. Environmental groups tried to block the long-awaited sale by filing a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that…

U.S. military sacks instructor over anti-Islamic class

WASHINGTON — The US military said Wednesday “poor judgement” allowed an instructor to present inflammatory anti-Islamic material in a course for senior officers. The instructor has been removed from his teaching job at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, and the elective course will be redesigned, officials said,…

Mich. lawmaker on silencing female colleague: It’s like giving a kid a timeout

Michigan state Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) recently compared prohibiting two Democratic women legislators from speaking to punishing a child. “It’s like giving a kid a timeout for a day,” he told Lansing radio host Patrick Shiels. “You know, hey, timeout, you wanna comment too far, you spoke your piece. We’re…

By the numbers: The U.S.’s growing for-profit detention industry

The growth of the private detention industry has long been a subject of scrutiny. A recent eight-part series in the New Orleans Times-Picayune chronicled how more than half of Louisiana’s 40,000 inmates are housed in prisons run by sheriffs or private companies as part of a broader financial incentive scheme.…

Gloomy Fed pulls trigger on more economic stimulus

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve unleashed a fresh wave of economic stimulus Wednesday as it predicted subpar US growth would be even worse this year than thought. After a two-day meeting the Fed doubled down on a program to lower long-term borrowing costs, as it sharply revised down 2012 growth…

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