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Romney: ‘I can’t wait to get my hands on Washington’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday tried to convince attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to vote for him by reminding them of his “severely conservative” record, including preventing Massachusetts from becoming “the Las Vegas of gay marriage.” “History will record the Obama presidency as last gasp…

Native American tribe files $500 million suit against big beer brewers

(Reuters) – A Native American Indian tribe has filed suit against some top beer makers, as well as a handful of retailers and distributors, claiming they have knowingly contributed to “crippling” alcoholism rates on a reservation in South Dakota. The suit, filed by the Oglala Sioux tribe, alleges the defendants…

Cop allegedly pulled gun on pregnant woman over too many grocery items

Police in Kendall County, Illinois said Friday that they were investigating whether an off-duty officer drew his firearm and pointed it at a pregnant woman because she had more items than Walmart recommends for self-checkout lanes. Nicole Thurmond and husband Jason were reportedly checking out recently at a Walmart store…

Conservatives unconvinced by Obama’s birth control compromise

In the wake of the Obama Administration’s announcement that it would accommodate religious employers’ objections to providing birth control coverage by exempting them from paying for it, conservatives at CPAC and elsewhere pronounced themselves entirely unswayed by the Administration’s efforts. “Nothing’s free,” said John Marlin of Human Life International, an…

Occupy arrest reveals new tactic for Oakland police

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Police in Oakland, California, have made their first arrest of an anti-Wall Street protester accused of defying one of about a dozen “stay-away” orders issued to protesters barred by a court from returning to the group’s favorite gathering spot. The arrest of Joseph Briones, taken into…

Hedge fund manager charged with insider trading

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A California-based hedge fund manager surrendered to FBI agents on insider-trading charges on Friday, an FBI spokesman in New York said. The FBI spokesman said an indictment would be unsealed later on Friday in federal court in New York outlining the charges against Doug Whitman, the…

Huckabee tells CPAC: ‘We are all Catholics now!’

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Friday said that President Barack Obama had turned evangelicals into Catholics by requiring private health insurance plans to cover contraception for women. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Huckabee gave “a great big thank you to President Obama.” “You have done more…

Obama official: All women will have ‘free contraceptive services’

Speaking on background Friday morning, a senior administration official told Raw Story that despite the planned “accommodation” for religious groups pushing back against universal contraceptive coverage, “All women will still have access to free preventative care, no matter where they work.” The “accommodation” being made will remove the burden of…

Anti-war protesters falsely arrested in Chicago get $6.2 million settlement

Some 800 people are to receive payments between $500 and $15,000 for false arrests carried out by the city of Chicago during a 2003 anti-war demonstration, according to the terms of a settlement offered by city attorneys on Thursday. The city council could vote on the settlement as soon as…

8,000 new instances of child sexual abuse alleged in Milwaukee Archdiocese

The bankruptcy hearings for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee have revealed more than 8,000 previously unreported instances of alleged sexual abuse of children, according to one attorney representing the victims. The charges cover a span of 60 years and implicate a group of 100 alleged offenders, including nuns, church workers and…

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