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US soldier upset by comrade’s injury before rampage

The US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers was upset by a serious injury sustained by an army comrade the day before the massacre, but held no animosity toward Muslims, his lawyer has said. The 38-year-old army sergeant, being held in Kuwait, was also unhappy about being sent to…

Sen. Inhofe tells Maddow: Environmentalists have more money than the energy industry

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) said Thursday night that environmentalists spent far more money lobbying than the energy industry. While he was debating his latest book, The Greatest Hoax, with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, she confronted him about the fact that the energy companies were his top campaign donors. Inhofe replied…

‘Barefoot bandit’ lawyer to represent Afghanistan shooter

LOS ANGELES — A lawyer best known for defending the audacious “Barefoot Bandit” said Thursday he is set to defend the US soldier accused of killing 16 villagers in southern Afghanistan. Attorney John Henry Browne said he spoke with the soldier by phone, and hopes to meet him soon soon,…

Maine lawmakers send same sex marriage question to voters

Maine voters will have the opportunity to allow same sex couples to legally marry this November, according to the Associated Press. The Maine Senate on Wednesday passed up a chance to vote on the citizen initiative, sending it to the voters instead. The House did the same on Tuesday. “Democrats…

Santorum: Winning Puerto Rico primary would be an ‘act of God’

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Rick Santorum said Wednesday that it winning the Puerto Rico primary on Sunday, where 20 delegates are at stake, would be an act of divine intervention. At a church in San Juan, the devout Catholic encouraged his supporters to “continue to pray, not just for me, not…

U.S. denies sending warning to Iran via Russia

WASHINGTON — The United States on Thursday denied a report that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told her Russian counterpart that upcoming talks on Iran’s nuclear program were a “last chance” to resolve the long-running standoff. “The secretary did not send a warning to the Iranians through Foreign Minister (Sergei)…

New graphic anti-smoking campaign unveiled in U.S.

WASHINGTON — US health authorities unveiled a new anti-smoking campaign Thursday with testimony of ex-smokers and graphic images depicting the reality of tobacco-related diseases, in the latest effort to stamp out the habit. The campaign to convince smokers to kick the habit, and warn younger people of the dangers from…

U.S. says Bradley Manning helped al Qaeda with leaks

FORT MEADE, Maryland — US soldier Bradley Manning aided Al-Qaeda by leaking troves of classified information to the secret-spilling website Wikileaks, military prosecutors said Thursday. Manning, who served as a low-ranking intelligence analyst in Iraq, has previously been charged with 22 counts, including aiding the enemy. During a pre-trial hearing,…

Walmart backs anti-environmental lawmakers while pushing ‘sustainable’ image

Although Walmart has heavily promoted its sustainability initiatives, the company has given millions to lawmakers who oppose stricter environmental regulations. “Walmart talks big about sustainability, but doesn’t put its campaign money anywhere near where its mouth is,” states a report (PDF) by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. “Whatever the company…

Southern Miss. band chants ‘green card’ at Latino player

Southern Mississippi University lived up to the racist reputation of the deep South on Friday when members of the school band chanted an offensive question at a Latino player on the opposing team. As he prepared to shoot his free throws, Kansas State point guard Angel Rodriguez was forced to…

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