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U.S. boxer Mayweather to remain in jail

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Boxer Floyd Mayweather must serve the rest of his jail sentence, a judge ruled, denying an emergency motion seeking to put him under house arrest. Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa disagreed with Mayweather’s complaints that he didn’t have enough to drink or eat and couldn’t…

Rhode Island decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican turned Independent, on Wednesday signed into law a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. The Providence Journal reported that the law makes possessing an ounce or less of marijuana a civil violation with a $150 fine. However, three violations within 18 months…

Justice Dept. drops case against ex-politician John Edwards

WASHINGTON — The US Justice Department Wednesday said it would drop remaining charges against former Democratic star and presidential hopeful John Edwards who was charged with misusing campaign funds. The lawyer turned politician saw his stellar career collapse after he fathered a child with videographer Rielle Hunter in 2007 and…

New Obama ad mocks ‘out of touch’ Romney

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s campaign savagely mocked Mitt Romney as “out of touch” with ordinary Americans Wednesday with a web video featuring a highlight reel of the Republican’s gaffes. The move came as Romney, a multi-millionaire former venture capitalist, argues that it is Obama that has lost touch with…

Alligator bites hand off Florida boat captain

MIAMI — A Florida tour boat operator had his hand bitten off as he was feeding an alligator marshmallows to entertain passengers, officials said Wednesday. The boat was carrying about six tourists late Tuesday when the alligator leapt up and devoured the sweets along with the captain’s hand, according to…

Romney tells D.C.: business not the enemy

WASHINGTON — Preaching to the converted on lower taxes and less regulation, Republican Mitt Romney courted more than 100 of America’s top chief executives Wednesday demanding government be an ally of enterprise, “not the enemy.” The man challenging President Barack Obama for the White House in November made a rare…

Members of Congress call on Obama to justify drone strikes

Twenty-six members of Congress have called on President Barack Obama to provide a legal justification for so-called “signature” drone strikes against suspected terrorists. The Washington Post reported in April that the CIA and Joint Special Operations Command have been authorized to strike targets based solely on patterns of suspicious behavior…

Workers’ group releases shockingly short list of ethical restaurants

A group dedicated to the rights of food service workers called Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC) has released an annual list of national restaurants and how they treat employees.  A surprising number of U.S. restaurant chains fail to even meet the minimum requirements listed in the guide to be considered…

ACLU sues over North Carolina’s same sex adoption ban

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday announced that it had filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s second parent adoption ban, which effective prevents same sex partner’s from adopting children. The lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of six same sex couples claims that the law violates the…

Retail sales fall for second month in a row

US retail sales fell for a second consecutive month in May, the government reported Wednesday, a worrying sign that consumers are cutting back spending that fuels most of the economy. Retail sales fell 0.2 percent in May, following a revised 0.2 percent decline in April, the Commerce Department said. The…

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