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Hedge fund manager charged with insider trading

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A California-based hedge fund manager surrendered to FBI agents on insider-trading charges on Friday, an FBI spokesman in New York said. The FBI spokesman said an indictment would be unsealed later on Friday in federal court in New York outlining the charges against Doug Whitman, the…

Huckabee tells CPAC: ‘We are all Catholics now!’

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Friday said that President Barack Obama had turned evangelicals into Catholics by requiring private health insurance plans to cover contraception for women. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Huckabee gave “a great big thank you to President Obama.” “You have done more…

Obama official: All women will have ‘free contraceptive services’

Speaking on background Friday morning, a senior administration official told Raw Story that despite the planned “accommodation” for religious groups pushing back against universal contraceptive coverage, “All women will still have access to free preventative care, no matter where they work.” The “accommodation” being made will remove the burden of…

Anti-war protesters falsely arrested in Chicago get $6.2 million settlement

Some 800 people are to receive payments between $500 and $15,000 for false arrests carried out by the city of Chicago during a 2003 anti-war demonstration, according to the terms of a settlement offered by city attorneys on Thursday. The city council could vote on the settlement as soon as…

8,000 new instances of child sexual abuse alleged in Milwaukee Archdiocese

The bankruptcy hearings for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee have revealed more than 8,000 previously unreported instances of alleged sexual abuse of children, according to one attorney representing the victims. The charges cover a span of 60 years and implicate a group of 100 alleged offenders, including nuns, church workers and…

Poll: 20% of Republicans likely to re-elect Obama

A shocking poll recently released by a conservative publication found that a large number of Republicans and conservatives are likely to vote for President Barack Obama. The survey, conducted by Wenzel Strategies for World Net Daily, showed that one in five Republicans are leaning towards or would “definitely” re-elect the…

Santorum: Men too emotional if women have combat roles

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum insisted on Friday that when he claimed there were too many “emotions” for women to serve in combat roles, he was talking about men’s feelings, not women’s. Many had taken remarks the candidate made to CNN’s John King on Thursday to mean women were too…

Obama plans religious ‘accommodation’ for contraceptives: report

Related: Obama official vows all women will have ‘free contraceptive services’ Under pressure from Catholic bishops, the Obama administration will announce it is backing off a requirement that virtually all health insurance policies provide coverage for contraceptives, administration insiders told ABC News on Friday morning. A member of the administration,…

US groups deny Egypt charges of political meddling

Accused of interference in Egypt’s affairs, US pro-democracy groups whose staff are to be tried in Cairo reject charges they are working secretly for the US government, which largely finances them. Barrie Freeman, director of the North Africa region for the National Democratic Institute (NDI), one of the US groups…

Marine snipers posed with Nazi SS symbol in Afghanistan

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – The commander of a group of U.S. Marines who were photographed in Afghanistan with what looks like a Nazi SS flag concluded they were acting out of ignorance rather than bigotry and decided not to punish them, a Marine Corps spokesman said on Thursday. Outrage over…

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