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New Orleans police get prison in Katrina killings

WASHINGTON — Five New Orleans policemen were sentenced Wednesday to prison terms in connection with a shooting in the days after Hurricane Katrina which left two civilians dead and four others injured, prosecutors said. The sentencings in New Orleans conclude the prosecution in the so-called Danziger Bridge incident in the…

CNN’s Toobin: Appeals court judge threw ‘judicial hissy-fit’

An appeals court judge who claimed President Barack Obama was challenging the authority of federal courts was just throwing a “judicial hissy-fit,” according to CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. “Totally extraordinary and totally inappropriate,” Toobin said. “This was a judicial hissy-fit.” U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jerry Smith…

Minnesotans to decide voter ID law in November

Residents in Minnesota will decide this November whether voters must show government-issued photographic identification before casting a ballot, according to the Associated Press. The constitutional amendment passed by a party-line vote in the Senate on Wednesday, with Democrats opposing the measure. Republicans said the proposed amendment would protect against voter…

Marijuana advocates blast Obama over Oaksterdam University raid

Six organizations looking to reform U.S. drug laws urged President Barack Obama to halt raids on medical marijuana providers following the raid on Oaksterdam University in California. “Our coalition represents the views of tens of millions of Americans who believe the war on medical marijuana patients and providers you are…

Santa Monica College investigates why a 4-year-old girl was pepper-sprayed

A California college announced Wednesday that it will launch an investigation into a pepper spray incident that left two people hospitalized, several people injured and a 4-year-old girl sprayed, according to a statement obtained by The Santa Monica Dispatch. Approximately 100 students protested outside the Santa Monica College’s Board of…

Romney suggests reporters should reveal confidential sources

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday told reporters and bloggers that he could “imagine a time” when they would have to reveal confidential sources. “Just the last few years since my last campaign, the changes in your industry have been quite striking,” the candidate explained to the American Society…

U.S. told ban on clove cigarettes violates WTO rules

The World Trade Organization on Wednesday threw out Washington’s appeal against Jakarta’s claim that US rules banning the sale of Indonesian clove cigarettes infringed international trade rules. Washington had banned the production and sale of clove cigarettes under a health act that also blocks the sales of other cigarettes with…

Congress gets new insider-trading rules after Obama signs bill

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a new law reforming rules on insider trading for members of Congress, saying it would help deal with a deficit of trust afflicting Washington. Obama signed the bipartisan STOCK Act into law, and for once was surrounded by members of both the Republican…

NYPD investigates mysterious death of the Sciences-Po head Richard Descoings

New York police were Wednesday attempting to piece together the final hours of the director of one of France’s most elite colleges, as they awaited the medical examiner’s report on the cause of death. The mysterious demise of Richard Descoings, 53, whose naked body was found in his Manhattan hotel…

Brooklyn man butchered roommate, tried to dissolve body parts

A 50-year-old Brooklyn man is under arrest and charged with the murder and dismemberment of his roommate, according to reports from NBC New York and the New York Post. Police found bones, a rib cage, and other body parts stored in vats of bleach and acid in the Sheepshead Bay…

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