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TSA says woman has ‘cute figure,’ asks for three body scans

The Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) is coming under fire for allegedly doing “peep show” naked body scans of women who agents think are attractive. Ellen Terrell told CBS 11 in Dallas that agents at DFW International Airport asked her to go through the invasive scanner three times because “[t]hey…

Austin police swarm white man for walking with black granddaughter

The Austin Police Department (APD) was unapologetic Wednesday after a swarm of officers detained a white man over the weekend, simply for walking home with his black granddaughter. As it happens, that man was journalist-turned-political consultant Scott Henson, who writes the blog Grits for Breakfast, covering criminal justice reform issues.…

Anti-abortion ‘personhood’ bill advances in Virginia

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia (Reuters) – Virginia lawmakers took a step toward outlawing abortion on Tuesday by approving “personhood” legislation that grants individual rights to an embryo from the moment of conception. The Republican-controlled House of Delegates voted 66-32 in favor of defining the word person under state law to include unborn…

‘Fox & Friends’ suggests employment numbers were ‘fabricated’

Several Fox News co-hosts on Wednesday continued to suggest that there may be a conspiracy to increase President Barack Obama’s chances at re-election by manufacturing better-than-expected employment numbers. “What does the good economic news — if you believe these numbers — mean for President Obama’s fortunes?” asked co-host Brian Kilmeade.…

Romney is machine gun-toting ‘Rombo’ in new Santorum ad

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has released a new ad warning voters to expect an onslaught of attack ads from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. In the new commercial, a Romney look-alike uses an assault rifle to fire mud at Santorum. “Mitt Romney’s negative attack machine is back on full…

California economy to slowly improve in 2012: study

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California’s economy, the biggest in the United States and the ninth-largest in the world, will see a slight improvement in 2012 but a recovery in the crucial housing market is at least two years away, according to a report released on Wednesday. California was one of states hardest hit by…

U.S. lawmakers to meet China VP

China’s heir apparent Xi Jinping will meet US lawmakers critical ofBeijing on Wednesday before heading to the heartland state of Iowa for a reunion with ordinary Americans he met on a 1985 exchange. US concerns over trade policy and human rights could come to the fore as Xi meets top US legislators in an election…

Tens of billions at stake in BP oil spill trial

Tens of billions of dollars will be at stake when BP heads to a US court this month to determine how much it owes for the massiveGulf of Mexico oil spill and how much it can shift to subcontractors. Several government probes have castigated BP, rig operatorTransocean and Halliburton – which was responsible for…

Poll finds low enthusiasm for Republican candidates

WASHINGTON — Most Republicans believe Mitt Romney will be their party’s presidential nominee and that he has the best chance to beat President Barack Obama in November, a national poll released Tuesday found. But the CNN/ORC International poll found little enthusiasm for the former Massachusetts governor’s presidential bid, instead favoring…

Italy cruise ship passengers file $528 million U.S. lawsuit

MIAMI — Thirty-nine survivors of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off Italy last month filed an amended lawsuit in Florida state court Tuesday seeking more than half a billion dollars in damages. The suit filed against Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines Inc., and its subsidiary Costa Cruise Line —…

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