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West Hollywood endorses first fur ban in the U.S.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Putting animal rights over fashion and its own vibrant shopping scene, West Hollywood’s leaders voted to approve on Tuesday a first-in-the-nation ban on the sale of fur clothing within city limits. The five-member City Council of the tiny, tony municipality wedged between Beverly Hills and Hollywood…

Utah drops accomplice to rape case against polygamist Warren Jeffs

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – A Utah judge dismissed accomplice to rape charges against polygamist leader Warren Jeffs on Wednesday at the request of prosecutors, who said pursuing the case was unnecessary given his life prison term in Texas. A Utah jury had found Jeffs, leader of a breakaway Mormon…

Stephen King boosting winter heating aid in Maine

CONWAY, Mass (Reuters) – Suspense author Stephen King is scaring up money to help low-income residents in his home state of Maine after federal funding cuts for heating programs serving residents who are poor, disabled or elderly. The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation is working with the three Bangor, Maine,…

Florida debuts new prison dorms for U.S. veterans

ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) – Marvin Hurst, 59, makes his bunk with military precision, snaps to attention for the morning flag-raising ceremony and follows orders all day long. But home is no Army barracks. Hurst, who served in the U.S. Army from 1973-74, is one of 300 prisoners housed in the…

Mayor of St. Louis’s website hacked by ‘Occupy Wall St’ sympathizer

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – A hacker broke into the mayor of St. Louis’s website and posted a message in support of anti-Wall Street protesters who are facing eviction from a city park they occupied five weeks ago. “You can remove the movement from the city, but you cannot remove the…

Alabama county files biggest municipal bankruptcy

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – Alabama’s Jefferson County filed for bankruptcy court protection on Wednesday in the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Commissioners for the county, which is home to Birmingham, the state’s biggest city and economic powerhouse, voted 4-1 to declare bankruptcy after meeting behind closed doors for two…

Pro-Paterno rally turns violent

Police in riot gear responded when hundreds of Penn State students flooded the streets in support of the university’s ousted gridiron coach Joe Paterno. Crowds tipped over a television news van and kicked out its windows and at least one photographer was hit by a rock as a campus known…

Sheriff confirms ‘Occupy San Diego’ protesters forced to urinate, defecate in bus

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has acknowledged that “Occupy San Diego” protesters who were arrested in late October had no choice but to relieve themselves while detained in buses and vans. Police in riot gear arrested protesters at downtown encampments in Civic Center Plaza and Children’s Park on October…

Sex abuse scandal ends career of Penn State coaching legend Paterno

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In a country mad for college football, Joe Paterno — known simply as “JoePa” — represented almost a deity of the sport. But the sterling reputation he built during almost five decades as head coach at Penn State University has been sullied by allegations that a…

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