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Four U.S. women charged in Amish beard-cutting attacks

WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury has indicted four more women over a rash of bizarre beard-cutting incidents against fellow Amish in Ohio, the US Justice Department said Wednesday. A total of 16 people — 10 men and six women — have now been accused in what prosecutors called five…

Lawyer cites PTSD to defend U.S. soldier in Afghan killings

LOS ANGELES — The lawyer for a US soldier charged with killing 17 villagers in southern Afghanistan said Wednesday he will cite Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to defend the serviceman. Attorney John Henry Browne added that prosecutors will have trouble proving their case against Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, whose…

Surveillance video shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman

Police surveillance video obtained by ABC News shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman, who allegedly shot and killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. The video puts Zimmerman’s account of events into question. The video shows Zimmerman arriving at the Sanford Police Department in a police cruiser. Zimmerman told police…

Elderly couple terrorized as fake George Zimmerman address circulates on social media

An elderly couple have fled to a hotel room after their Sanford-area address was mistakenly linked to George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin last month. Director Spike Lee retweeted the false address to his more than 240,000 followers last week and the address has continued to…

Penn. GOP Sen. Jane Orie convicted of several corruption charges

Pennsylvania state Sen. Jane Orie (R) on Monday was convicted of 14 counts, including theft, conspiracy, conflict of interest, forgery, and evidence tampering, according to the Associated Press. The 50-year-old lawmaker was accused of using her state-funded staff members to perform campaign work for herself and her sister, a state…

Rep. Bobby Rush: A hoodie doesn’t make you a hoodlum

After being cut off on House floor for defiantly wearing a hooded sweatshirt, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) appeared on CNN to discuss how the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin hit close to home. “Trayvon Martin lies dead, partially because he was a black man wearing a hoodie in a…

Senators file resolution to arm Syria opposition

WASHINGTON — Senior US lawmakers filed a resolution Wednesday in the Senate condemning deadly violence ordered by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and urging the arming of the country’s opposition. Republican Senator John McCain presented the text, co-sponsored by four other senators including Lindsey Graham and independent Joe Lieberman, “condemning…

White House to Romney: Cold War over

WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday praised Russia’s cooperation as it hit back against fresh charges by rival Mitt Romney that President Barack Obama has shown “breathtaking weakness” toward Moscow. The comments were the latest salvoes in a row over Russia policy, triggered after Obama was caught on an…

Santorum tells young man not to use pink bowling ball ‘on camera’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Wednesday told a young man not to use a pink ball at a bowling alley in Wisconsin. “You’re not gonna use the pink ball. We’re not gonna let you do that. Not on camera,” he said, according to Reuters reporter Sam Youngman. “Friends don’t…

Strauss-Kahn lawyer demands US suit dismissal

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer asked a US judge Wednesday to dismiss a civil suit brought by a New York hotel maid, saying the disgraced French politician had diplomatic immunity when he allegedly assaulted her. The suit “must be dismissed,” Amit Mehta said in New York state court at the start of…

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