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BP discussing $14 billion settlement

BP and lawyers for individuals and companies claiming damages from the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are discussing a possible $14 billion settlement, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The newspaper said the settlement, which could be announced Tuesday, would be paid out from what remains of a $20 billion compensation fund set up…

Man arrested for ‘scamming nuns’: FBI

A US fugitive charged with swindling several nuns has been arrested in Las Vegas after more than three months on the run, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Adriano Sotomayor, 54, of New Jersey, has been charged with 13 counts of wire fraud and is accused of having scammed…

New PAC seeks to oust anti-choice legislators in Virginia

Former Virginia lawmakers announced on Monday the formation of the Women’s Strike Force, a new political action committee aimed at defeating state lawmakers who have pushed for legislation to prohibit or restriction a woman’s ability to terminate her pregnancy. “The steps that have been taken by lawmakers in Virginia and…

Tight Republican race exposes liabilities

LIVONIA, Michigan — A rich guy with a tin ear and a culture war extremist: Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have reinforced these unflattering narratives as the battle for the Republican nomination heats up in Michigan. Romney’s problems connecting to working class voters hit the national media again after he…

Rep. Wolf accuses Sudan of new ‘ethnic cleansing’

WASHINGTON — A US congressman pleaded Monday for action to bring food to thousands in Sudan’s South Kordofan state, accusing the Khartoum government of new “ethnic cleansing” after a visit to the region. Representative Frank Wolf said he went last week to the Yida refugee camp across the border in…

Coloradans to decide marijuana legalization in November

Residents of Colorado will have the opportunity this November to legalize marijuana possession and allow regulated sales of marijuana in their state. The Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler on Monday certified a ballot initiative for the state’s November general election after Denver-based activists gathered more than 170,000 signatures. If…

California bill would remove felony penalties for drug possession

Legislation recently introduced to the California Senate would change simple drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor under state law. State Sen. Mark Leno (D), who introduced the bill, touted the revision as a way to alleviate overcrowding in state prisons and county jails, and save millions of dollars…

Scott Walker allows recall challenge to move ahead in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) declined to challenge any signatures ahead of the Monday afternoon deadline to prevent a recall election against him, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Walker’s decision leaves only state election officials to determine whether the recall’s signatures are valid by March 19. Walker previously sought…

Pennsylvania poised to enact most restrictive abortion law of 2012

Even as the transvaginal ultrasound bill in Virginia was causing national outrage, Pennsylvania conservatives were quietly pushing a even more restrictive abortion bill. The legislation is designed with so many difficult and differing restrictions that long-time abortion policy analyst Elizabeth Nash at the Guttmacher Institute told Raw Story, “I’ve never…

Brownback: ‘Go work somewhere else’ if you want contraception

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has a simple solution for women who work for religious institutions that refuse to cover birth control: Find a new job. During a call-in show on C-SPAN Monday morning, a woman named Doris from Osawatomie, Kansas told Brownback that she was worried that he wanted…

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