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U.S. tries to limit damage from grisly Afghan photos

The United States has swiftly condemned photos of soldiers posing with the mangled corpses of insurgents in Afghanistan, seeking to limit the fallout from the latest scandal involving US troops. The photographs, which date back to 2010 but were published by the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, add to a…

Ohio resumes lethal injections despite exonerations and botched procedures

The state of Ohio is set to reclaim its position as one of the most avid practitioners of the death sentence in America after it carried out its first execution in six months following the lifting of a court-imposed moratorium. In recent years Ohio has had the dubious distinction of…

Three Secret Service agents to leave over scandal

WASHINGTON — Three Secret Service employees are to leave the agency over the sex scandal in Colombia which has tarnished the elite presidential protection agency’s image, an official statement said Wednesday. One “supervisory” employee will retire over the allegations that agents consorted with prostitutes, another has been told he will…

McCain: U.S. military role after 2014 key to Afghan success

WASHINGTON — Ensuring a long-term US military presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014 will be a key to success or failure in the war against Taliban insurgents, Republican Senator John McCain said Wednesday. McCain, an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama’s planned withdrawal of most US troops from Afghanistan by the…

Janet Jackson ‘wardrobe malfunction’ appealed to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — A case involving a fine over a “wardrobe malfunction” which exposed pop superstar Janet Jackson’s breast during the 2004 Super Bowl broadcast was appealed to the US Supreme Court Wednesday. Court documents showed the Federal Communications asked the top US court to reimpose the fine on CBS television…

Boehner to Catholic bishops: Take ‘bigger look’ at Republican budget

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Wednesday dismissed criticism brought against the Republican budget plan by Catholic bishops. Referencing Matthew 25, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called on Congress to put the poor first in budget priorities and rethink cuts to programs that benefited the least among us. But…

Rep. Jared Polis fails to kill House GOP’s ‘zombie earmarks’

During debate over legislation to extend federal highway funding, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) accused House Republicans of bringing wasteful earmarks back from the dead. “Usually when something is killed, it stays dead,” he said. “But just like a zombie movie some earmarks refuse to die and return to life as…

Science ‘lacking’ on whether death penalty deters murder

WASHINGTON — Scientific research to date provides no useful conclusion on whether the death penalty reduces or boosts the murder rate, said a report by the US National Academy of Sciences on Wednesday. A committee of scientists reviewed research done over the past 35 years and found it was “not…

New York law would identify buildings with smokers

NEW YORK — New York apartment buildings that permit smoking would be identified under a new law proposed Wednesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Landlords of buildings with three or more units would have to inform prospective tenants and purchasers whether smoking was allowed in apartments and on balconies, as well…

Obama critiques Romney on taxes in Ohio

ELYRIA, Ohio — US President Barack Obama on Wednesday fired the opening shot in a battle with his Republican foe Mitt Romney, for the critical general election swing-state of Ohio. Obama traveled to the suburbs of Cleveland on the shores of Lake Erie to lambast Republican economic policies, which he…

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