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Abducted Montana teacher strangled in cocaine frenzy: affidavit

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – A man who said the crack cocaine he was smoking “brought the devil out in him” was looking for a woman to abduct and kill before he strangled a school teacher who happened to jog near him in Montana, a prosecutor said in a sworn statement.…

Napolitano to visit Guatemala for drug war talks

US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit Guatemala next week for talks on President Otto Perez’s bold proposal to legalize drug production and consumption, authorities said Saturday. “This is a high-level visit. We hope to take up important issues for us, such as drug trafficking, (and) legalization of drugs,”…

Romney co-chair resigns after allegations of same-sex relationship with immigrant

Paul Babeu, an emerging Republican figure and strong border defense sheriff, resigned from his position Saturday afternoon as Arizona co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign for allegations of threatening deportation on a former lover. According to The Arizona Republic, a Romney spokesperson broke the news of Babeu’s decision to remove…

Pope to create first Native American saint

Pope Benedixt XVI announced on Saturday that he will create seven new saints including the first Native American, a 17th-century Mohawk girl named Kateri Tekakwitha, on October 21. Kateri will be the first native American saint from the United States, according to the Vatican, which has attributed a miracle to…

Teacher suspended for discussing racial epithet in class

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A white public school teacher in Chicago has filed suit against the city’s board of education after he was suspended for using a racial epithet during an in-class discussion about offensive language. Lincoln Brown, a teacher at the Murray Language Academy on Chicago’s southwest side, was suspended…

Supreme Court allows Montana corporation election spending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday handed a victory to corporations and a political advocacy group by allowing them to spend freely before Montana’s 2012 elections, a follow-up case to the court’s major campaign finance ruling two years ago. The justices granted a request from the three…

Wisconsin’s Walker denied delay on recall

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – A Wisconsin judge Friday denied Governor Scott Walker extra time to review the estimated one million signatures submitted last month to the state in an effort to recall him. Dane County Judge Richard Niess refused to give Walker’s campaign the two extra weeks it requested to examine…

Convict dies while on hunger strike in California

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) – A 27-year-old convicted murderer has died while on a hunger strike to protest restrictions on access to health, good food, legal services and other amenities in a segregation unit at a California prison, prison officials said on Friday. Christian Alexander Gomez died on February 2, six…

Attorneys try to save 9/11 detainee from death penalty

he nephew of the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks does not deserve the death penalty, his attorneys argue in court documents filed on Friday. Pakistani Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, 34, is accused of helping to plot the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States. He is…

Obama says U.S. on track to doubling exports

US President Barack Obama said Saturday his administration was headed toward fulfilling its commitment of doubling US exports over five years and promised to reward businesses that created jobs at home with tax breaks. “Two years ago, I set a goal of doubling US exports over five years,” the president…

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