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U.S. media want access to USS Cole testimony

FORT MEADE, Maryland — US news organizations made an unprecedented request Wednesday for a Guantanamo military court to make public testimony from the accused mastermind of the USS Cole bombing. But the judge in the case, Colonel James Pohl, averted a fight over freedom of the press by issuing a…

Police close probe into Whitney Houston death

LOS ANGELES — Police in Beverly Hills have closed the investigation into the death of Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston, concluding there was no sign of foul play. “Based on the findings of our investigation and our review of the coroner’s report, we have determined that this is not a criminal…

California lawmaker pushes to end warrantless cell phone tracking

California state Sen. Mark Leno (D) introduced legislation on Tuesday that would prohibit law enforcement agencies in the state from using a person’s cell phone to track their movement, unless they first got a warrant. “Our modern day smart phones and gadgets make it easy to get directions to just…

Mitt Romney enjoys some security as vice-presidential contenders shy away

While a decision on a running-mate could be months away, Republicans are lining up to publicly count themselves out Florida senator Marco Rubio and Virginia governor Bob McDonnell have participated in the long-established ritual of ruling themselves out as running-mates for Mitt Romney, who on Wednesday enjoyed his first full…

New York mayor Bloomberg accuses NRA of backing ‘license to murder’

Michael Bloomberg launches nationwide campaign on gun reform and says ‘shoot first’ laws have harmed public safety New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has accused the National Rifle Association of promoting a gun culture at the expense of public safety by backing the so-called “stand-your-ground” laws at the heart of…

Trayvon Martin’s father to Zimmerman: Was it really worth it?

In an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday, the parents of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin explained what they would say if they had a chance to talk to his killer, George Zimmerman. “I would probably give him the opportunity to apologize,” said Sybrina Fulton, Travyon Martin’s mother. I…

George Zimmerman faces second-degree murder charges for death of Trayvon Martin

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — Prosecutors Wednesday charged a neighborhood watch guard with second-degree murder in the killing of an unarmed US black teenager that sparked nationwide anger amid suspicions it was racially motivated. “Today, we filed an information charging George Zimmerman with murder in the second degree,” Florida state attorney general…

ALEC blasts ‘intimidation campaign’ against its corporate members

The influential American Legislative Exchange Council on Wednesday blasted a public-shaming campaign started by liberal and progressive groups, which has led major members to cut ties with the organization. “ALEC is an organization that supports pro-growth, pro-jobs policies and the vigorous exchange of ideas between the public and private sector…

Rising fuel costs cloud U.S. economic outlook: Fed

WASHINGTON — Higher gasoline prices are muddying what is an otherwise improving outlook for the US economy, the Federal Reserve said in a keenly watched report, published Wednesday. In its Beige Book survey — which frames its policy meeting later this month — the Fed held its cautious optimism about…

Serial killer Charles Manson refused parole, again

LOS ANGELES — Infamous US mass murderer Charles Manson was refused parole Wednesday, officials said, in what could be his last review for release after more than 40 years behind bars. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said the 77-year-old Manson did not attend his parole review meeting, and…

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