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Supreme Court rejects Internet speech cases

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take two cases involving three separate incidents involving free speech protection for public school students on the Internet. In all three cases students were punished for posting obscene and derogatory information on students or school officials by using their home…

Carney dodges questions about indefinite detention

ABC News reporter Jake Tapper questioned White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday about controversial provisions in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. The $662 billion defense spending bill contained controversial sections that required terrorism suspects to be detained by the military without trial, regardless of where they were…

Turkey condemns slam by Rick Perry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Turkey condemned as “unfounded and inappropriate” on Tuesday comments by Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry that the country is ruled by Islamic terrorists and questioning whether it should remain in the NATO alliance. Perry, the governor of Texas, also said during a Republican debate in South Carolina…

Ron Paul: Dept. of Transportation only needs ‘one guy and a computer’

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul doesn’t want to abolish the Department of Transportation, but he said on Tuesday that the agency really only needed “one guy and a computer.” During a town hall event in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Texas congressman made the case for “user fees” for national parks…

Guantanamo commander summoned to testify in court‎

GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – A U.S. military judge ordered the commander of the Guantanamo detention camp to testify on Tuesday about orders he gave that limit the mail prisoners can receive from their lawyers. The dispute about the handling of confidential legal correspondence pits military jailers…

Wisconsin recall organizers gather more than 1 million signatures

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Organizers of the petition drive to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker submitted what appeared to be more than enough signatures on Tuesday to force the first-term Republican to defend his seat in a special election. The group United Wisconsin, which opposes the collective bargaining changes and…

Gingrich on Obama: ‘I want to knock him out,’ not just ‘bloody his nose’

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich used a violent metaphor on Tuesday to refer to the nation’s first black president. During a town hall event in Florence, South Carolina, a supporter complimented the former House Speaker for having “fire in the belly.” “We’ve got to bloody Obama’s nose,” the man said.…

Wal-Mart seeks end to refiled gender-bias lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Women who refiled a gender discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc have failed to come to grips with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended their nationwide class action against the company, Wal-Martargued in a court filing. Plaintiffs alleging the world’s largest retailer denied them pay raises and promotions because of their gender are…

Republicans resume sparring with Obama on debt

The US House of Representatives returns to business after a three-week break with a symbolic vote planned Wednesday rejectingPresident Barack Obama’s request to raise the national debt ceiling. As one of the first orders of business after returning to work Tuesday, the Republican-led chamber has planned a vote on a resolution expressing “disapproval”…

One in three U.S. adults is obese: study

One in three American adults is obese, a national level that has stayed the same in recent years, said US data released on Tuesday. About one in six children and teenagers are also obese, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association report which showed that obesity remains a significant problem in US…

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