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Military options in Syria ‘challenging’: U.S. general

WASHINGTON — Possible military intervention against the regime in Syria would be “extremely challenging” given the country’s advanced air defenses and the presence of Al-Qaeda extremists, a top US general said Tuesday. Syria has Russian-made missiles and radars that would complicate any outside effort to use air power to protect…

New York protesters line up against unemployment

NEW YORK — An estimated 5,000 demonstrators formed a three-mile (five-kilometer) line in downtown New York Tuesday to protest unemployment in the United States, an event aimed at drawing notice during the “Super Tuesday” primaries. The marchers carried pink slips, the traditional symbol of job layoffs, as they formed a…

FBI offers $1 million for ex-agent kidnapped in Iran

WASHINGTON — Five years after a retired FBI agent disappeared while on a trip to Iran, the head of the US law enforcement agency offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the safe return of Bob Levinson. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Iran to help with the…

Minnesota school district reaches $297,000 bullying settlement

Several civil rights groups announced an insurance settlement of $297,000 between six students and a Minnesota school district represented by Rep. Michele Bachmann for the district’s failure to punish bullying. The coalition of civil rights advocates said it resolved complaints against the Anoka-Hennepin School District after years of sexual and…

Obama: ‘Decent folks’ don’t call women sluts

President Barack Obama on Tuesday said that conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh’s remarks about a Georgetown University law student “don’t have any place in the public discourse.” Limbaugh recently apologized for calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” after she testified before Congress about the need for contraception coverage…

Allen Stanford found guilty in Ponzi scheme trial

Allen Stanford, the former chairman of the defunct financial company Stanford Financial Group, was found guilty of conspiracy and fraud charges by a grand jury Tuesday afternoon for leading a $7 million Ponzi scheme from his offshore bank in Antigua. According to Reuters, a jury of eight men and four…

Sleepiness affects pilots, train operators on job: poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Many people have fought the urge to fall asleep during a boring meeting or the mid-afternoon slump but the problem seems to be more prevalent among airline pilots and train operators. About a quarter of pilots and 23 percent of train operators questioned in a National…

Romney to AIPAC: I recognize ‘the zealot refrain of dominion’ in Iran

Republican presidential presidential candidate Mitt Romney is warning a pro-Israel lobbying group that President Barack Obama has “dawdled” while “the only thing respected by thugs and tyrants” in the Middle East was military power. On Tuesday, attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) repeatedly cheered loudly for the…

Eight women allege of rape during military service

The United States Military is facing a lawsuit Tuesday morning from eight former and current members who alleged of being raped and punished for reporting the incidents to their supporters, according to the Associated Press. Seven veterans of the Navy and Marine Corps and an active Marine filed the lawsuit,…

Colorado court says students can carry guns on university campuses

DENVER (Reuters) – The Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Monday that students and employees with concealed weapon permits can carry handguns on University of Colorado campuses, overturning a ban by the school’s regents. Gun-rights advocates had challenged the university policy that was adopted in 1994, arguing that the university’s governing…

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