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Judge rules that Twitter must hand over information on WikiLeaks supporters

A year ago this week, it was learned that a US grand jury had secretly issued subpoenas for the Twitter account information of several WikiLeaks supporters. The subpoenas have been held up by challenges from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but now U.S. District Judge…

Supreme Court to rule on whether drug-sniffing dogs violate 4th Amendment

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case to determine whether the use of police dogs sniffing for drugs outside homes is a violation of the constitutional rights of the residents. The case involves a Miami homeowner accused of growing marijuana in his house, who contends…

Pension fund divests from Walmart for violating global labor standards

The largest pension fund in the Netherlands has divested itself of all shares in Walmart as a result of the company’s anti-union position and poor labor standards. According to the Huffington Post, Algemeen Burgerlijk Pensioenfonds declared earlier this week that it was blacklisting Walmart for its non-compliance with the United…

Paul repudiates supporter’s ‘China Jon’ Huntsman ad

NASHUA, New Hampshire — Republican White House hopeful Ron Paul on Friday repudiated an ad, made by a supporter, that attacks rival Jon Huntsman over his ties to China and suggests he was brainwashed by Beijing. “I haven’t look at it, but I understand it’s an ugly ad, and I’ve…

Investigation of former Scott Walker aide leads to sex crime charges

An investigation into the embezzlement of funds by former aides to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has led to charges of sex crimes on the part of the domestic partner of one of the alleged embezzlers. Computers and cellphones seized from the home shared by former Walker aide Timothy Russell and…

Air Force Academy charges 3 cadets with sexual assault

Less than a week after a Department of Defense report found a sharp increase in sexual assaults at military academies, three Air Force Academy cadets have been charged with sexual assault. Official documents say that Robert M. Evenson Jr. used his position as the Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer for Honor cases…

Kansas House Speaker apologizes for calling First Lady ‘Mrs. YoMama’

The Republican speaker of the Kansas statehouse issued an apology this week after sending emails from his personal account referring to First Lady Michelle Obama as “Mrs. YoMama” and quoting a Bible verse cited by some as a reference to presidential assassination. Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal, from the city…

Santorum: Americans ‘need a Jesus candidate’

If Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s latest stump speech is successful, his opponents will find themselves campaigning against Christ. Speaking to a tea party group at Windham High School in New Hampshire on Thursday, the former Pennsylvania senator actually compared himself to the Christian savior. Santorum told the crowd that…

Obama to let some undocumented immigrants stay: report

President Barack Obama will propose a new immigration rule aimed at letting the undocumented children or spouses of U.S. citizens remain in the country while their residency application is considered, an unnamed administration source told The Associated Press on Friday. The rule would not require action by Congress, and would…

Navy SEAL shoots himself in head with ‘unloaded’ gun

A 22-year-old Navy SEAL accidentally shot himself in the head Thursday with a gun that he thought was unloaded. San Diego Police Department Officer Frank Cali said that the SEAL had been drinking with a woman at a bar. After returning to his Pacific Beach home, he had tried to…

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