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George Zimmerman faces second-degree murder charges for death of Trayvon Martin

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — Prosecutors Wednesday charged a neighborhood watch guard with second-degree murder in the killing of an unarmed US black teenager that sparked nationwide anger amid suspicions it was racially motivated. “Today, we filed an information charging George Zimmerman with murder in the second degree,” Florida state attorney general…

ALEC blasts ‘intimidation campaign’ against its corporate members

The influential American Legislative Exchange Council on Wednesday blasted a public-shaming campaign started by liberal and progressive groups, which has led major members to cut ties with the organization. “ALEC is an organization that supports pro-growth, pro-jobs policies and the vigorous exchange of ideas between the public and private sector…

Rising fuel costs cloud U.S. economic outlook: Fed

WASHINGTON — Higher gasoline prices are muddying what is an otherwise improving outlook for the US economy, the Federal Reserve said in a keenly watched report, published Wednesday. In its Beige Book survey — which frames its policy meeting later this month — the Fed held its cautious optimism about…

Serial killer Charles Manson refused parole, again

LOS ANGELES — Infamous US mass murderer Charles Manson was refused parole Wednesday, officials said, in what could be his last review for release after more than 40 years behind bars. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said the 77-year-old Manson did not attend his parole review meeting, and…

Hate groups associated with Wal-Mart stores: study

The more Wal-Mart stores a county has, the more likely it is to have active hate groups in the area, according to Penn State economists. “Wal-Mart has clearly done good things in these communities, especially in terms of lowering prices,” Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural economics and regional economics, explained.…

Romney: Women ‘have gone back 20 years’ under Obama

Likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday continued to blast President Barack Obama by insisting that women account for 92.3 percent of the job losses in his first term, a claim that fact checking organizations have called false or misleading. Surrounded by a group of women at a business…

Video reveals teen’s electro-shock torture at Massachusetts school

A video that a school in Massachusetts has fought in court for years to keep under wraps was played in public for the first time this week, revealing the torture of a disabled boy through the use of repeated electric shocks. The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Caton, Massachusetts has…

RNC chair: ‘I’ll double down’ on comparing women to caterpillars

The chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) on Wednesday refused to “walk back” claims that the Republican “war on women” was as fictional as a “war on caterpillars.” In a interview that last week, Bloomberg TV’s Al Hunt asked RNC Chairman Reince Priebus how big of a problem it…

Romney campaign meets equal pay question with long silence

Likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s quest to label President Barack Obama as the one waging a “war on women” hit a snag Wednesday morning, when, after a long pause on a conference call, his campaign told a reporter they’d “get back to” him on a question about whether the former…

Man encounters 400 pound bear while walking and texting

In a dazzling bit of live local news coverage Tuesday morning, a Los Angeles television station’s helicopter zeroed in on a 400 pound black bear trotting through the suburb of La Crescenta, when suddenly a man emerged at the opposite side of an alleyway walking straight toward the beast with…

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