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Boxing legend Joe Frazier loses fight with cancer

Joe Frazier, the former undisputed heavyweight champ famed for his epic fights against Muhammad Ali, died on Monday after a brief but brave battle with liver cancer. He was 67. The family issued a statement confirming Frazier’s death late Monday night. The boxing icon won an Olympic gold medal in a…

Iowa taking ‘Anonymous’ threat to shut down caucus ‘very seriously’

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) said Monday that state and federal authorities were taking threats by the hacktivist group “Anonymous” to occupy the Iowa caucuses “very seriously.” The loose-knit group rose to prominence after it launched retaliatory attacks on companies that ceased to do business with WikiLeaks. “This has never…

Bill Clinton wades into 2012 campaign with new book

WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton will thrust himself into the 2012 election campaign Tuesday with a book that is deeply critical of Republican dogma and, implicitly, of his ally President Barack Obama. In the opening pages of “Back to Work: Why we need smart government for a strong economy,” the 42nd…

Supreme Court to review life terms for child ‘killers’

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review the ability of states to impose life prison sentences without parole in murder cases committed by juveniles. The court, in the latest action on cases involving child criminal punishment, announced it would hear two cases involving homicides committed by…

Senate advances modest jobs measure

WASHINGTON — The polarized US Senate closed ranks Monday to advance a small item in President Barack Obama’s jobs plan that lawmakers also aimed to use to help armed forces veterans struggling to find work. By a lopsided 94-1 margin, Obama’s Democratic allies and Republicans voted to advance a bill…

NYCLU: ‘Occupy Rochester’ protesters arrested for breaking ‘unconstitutional ordinance’

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) called Monday on Rochester mayor Thomas Richards to immediately halt the enforcement of a city ordinance that is being used to restrict “Occupy Rochester” demonstrations in Washington Square Park. “The city’s crackdown on ‘Occupy Rochester’ demonstrations shows a disturbing disregard for the constitutionally…

Texas court stays execution as lawyers seek DNA test

CHICAGO — A Texas appeals court issued a last-minute stay of execution Monday for death row inmate Hank Skinner in order to determine if further DNA testing should be conducted on evidence from the crime scene. The stay comes just two days before Skinner was set to be executed for…

Obama presses Republicans on jobs for veterans

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama pressed Congress on Monday to ditch blocking tactics and take bold action to boost hiring, using the emotive plight of unemployed war heroes to push an aspect of his jobs plan. The US commander-in-chief, surrounded by veterans in the White House Rose Garden, called…

Half of U.S. students sexually harassed in last year: survey

WASHINGTON — Forty-eight percent of US middle and high school students suffered sexual harassment in the past school year, both in person and online, a national survey released Monday said. And 87 percent of those students said the experience had a negative impact on them, according to the survey of…

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