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‘Sesame Street’ composer pleads not guilty to child porn charges

A Grammy-winning musician who’s composed for the likes of Walt Disney and the childrens’ television show “Sesame Street” pleaded not guilty on Monday to child pornography charges he’s facing in South Carolina. Fernando Rivas, 59, who’s previously worked with the likes of Gloria Estefan and Hootie and the Blowfish, was…

Bachmann aide frets over people marrying the Eiffel Tower

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s new Iowa campaign co-chair recently claimed that marriage equality would lead to people marrying objects like the Eiffel Tower. In a statement on the campaign’s website last week, Bachmann’s Iowa Campaign Manager Eric Woolson said that he was “proud” to welcome Tamara Scott as the…

Nebraska man wins right to pot-themed license plate

The State of Nebraska will issue a custom license plate with the numbers 420 on it, after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) spoke up for a marijuana activist whose unusual request was denied. All it took was a lawsuit. Thanks to the ACLU of Nebraska, Frank Shoemaker, a resident…

Florida school official calls police on kissing 12-year-olds

Some people just aren’t cut out to work around kids. Take, for example, the recent experience of a hapless administrator at Orange River Elementary School in Fort Myers, Florida. This individual recently witnessed two 12-year-old kids kissing on the playground — a girl kissing a boy, specifically. Instead of simply…

Pregnant Seattle protester miscarries after being kicked, pepper sprayed

A woman who was pepper sprayed during during a raid on Occupy Seattle last week is blaming police after she miscarried Sunday. Jennifer Fox, 19, told The Stranger that she had been with the Occupy protests since they started in Westlake Park. She said she was homeless and three months…

MF Global trustee says $1.2 billion missing from company

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The shortfall of commodity customer funds at MF Global Holdings Ltd may be around $1.2 billion, about double initial estimates from regulators, the trustee liquidating the company said on Monday. The news was a blow to customers still hoping to get more of their cash out of frozen broker accounts…

U.S. presidential hopeful Gingrich leads Republicans

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich has pulled ahead of rival Mitt Romney in a nationwide poll released Tuesday of Republicans, weeks ahead of their first primaries to decide a candidate for the 2012 US presidential election. Gingrich, an ex-congressman from Georgia, leads the pack ofRepublican hopefuls with 26 percent support, compared to 22 percent for…

Police arrest 15 at Massachusetts foreclosure protest

AMHERST, Mass (Reuters) – Fifteen people were arrested at a sit-in against home foreclosures at a Bank of America branch in Massachusetts on Monday, while Tea Party supporters demonstrated across the street, organizers and police said. Roughly 350 supporters of New England tenants and former homeowners complaining about foreclosures by…

UC Davis chancellor sorry for pepper-spray incident

DAVIS, Calif (Reuters) – A University of California chancellor apologized to jeering students on Monday for police use of pepper spray against campus protesters in a standoff captured by video and widely replayed on television and the Internet. The pepper-spraying last week led to suspensions of the campus police chief…

December court date set for Bradley Manning in WikiLeaks case

WASHINGTON — Bradley Manning, the US soldier alleged to have passed a trove of military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks, will have a first hearing before a military court next month, the Pentagon said. Manning, who has spent the past year-and-a-half in prison, is to appear before a December 16…

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