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Obama pledges ‘non-lethal’ aid for Syria rebels

MOSCOW — US President Barack Obama pledged Sunday to send “non-lethal” aid to the Syrian rebels while peace envoy Kofi Annan piled diplomatic pressure on the regime by seeking the backing of its ally Russia. The announcement was the most overt show of US support for the rebels to date…

No U.S. soldiers to face charges for Pakistan strike: report

The US military has decided that no service members will face disciplinary charges for a NATO airstrike in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, according to The New York Times. A Pentagon investigation found late last year that both US and Pakistani troops were responsible for the exchange of fire.…

New Black Panther Party offers $10,000 reward for George Zimmerman

A black political group offered a $10,000 reward Saturday for the killer of an African-American teenager, amid a nationwide uproar which has prompted a rethink of America’s race issues. The New Black Panther Party displayed a wanted poster on its website with a picture of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon…

‘Occupy’ marchers protest against New York police

Several hundred Occupy Wall Street activists marched through Manhattan on Saturday to protest against what they say is police repression as they try to revive their movement. Several demonstrators were arrested along the route of the march in scuffles with New York police, who deployed in large numbers to keep activists on sidewalks. “There were a few arrests,…

Rick Santorum wins Louisiana Primary

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum won the Louisiana Primary Saturday evening, keeping his campaign with an argument to continue going on in the GOP presidential race against frontrunner Mitt Romney. The large victory in Louisiana was expected for Santorum, who led all polls throughout the run up to Saturday’s vote.…

Dick Cheney receives heart transplant: aide

Former Vice President Dick Cheney received a heart transplant Saturday afternoon at a Virginia hospital, according to the Associated Press. Cheney, who suffered his fifth heart attack in 2010, did not know the identity of the heart donor after waiting 20 months for the operation, as told to the AP…

Thousands of U.S. atheists turn out for ‘Reason Rally’

Thousands of atheists, agnostics and other non-believers turned out in the US capital on Saturday to celebrate their rejection of the idea of God and to claim a bigger place in public life. The Reason Rally, sponsored by 20 atheist, secular and humanist groups, was billed as a “coming-out” party in the heart…

Man climbs New York Times building for newspaper

New York City police said that a man tried to climb atop The New York Times‘ building for a copy of a newspaper Saturday morning, making it up to the 5th floor before being captured, according to The New York Post. Authorities received a call at 7 A.M. about the…

Public camps at U.S. high court for health hearing

A dozen people camped out in front of the US Supreme Courtovernight into Saturday to make sure they would get a first glimpse of a historic hearing into the president’s health reform law next week. About 50 seats have been reserved for the public in the courtroom to hear the Supreme Court’s…

DNC chair: Repeal ‘Stand Your Ground’ law

Democratic National Committee chairperson and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has called publicly for the repeal of the so-called “Stand Your Ground” law, according to a post at Talking Points Memo’s Livewire blog. The controversial law broadened the definition of what is considered acceptable force for private citizens to use when…

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