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Federal court employee from Texas found murdered in Mexico

EL PASO, Texas/CIUDAD JUAREZ. Mexico (Reuters) – A U.S. federal court interpreter from El Paso, Texas, has been found murdered in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s most violent city, U.S. and Mexican authorities said on Friday. Jorge Dieppa, a U.S. citizen, had worked for seven years as an interpreter at the U.S.…

Woman charged in penis assault held on $1 million bail

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Southern California woman accused of slicing off her husband’s penis with a kitchen knife and grinding it up in a garbage disposer was ordered held on $1 million bail on Friday. Catherine Kieu, 48, is charged with one count each of torture and aggravated mayhem…

Boehner abruptly breaks off debt talks

By Andy Sullivan and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Speaker John Boehner broke off talks with President Barack Obama on Friday on a deficit-reduction deal to prevent a devastating default and said he would try to hammer out an agreement through the Senate. In a dramatic turn of events…

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Obama certifies repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military will end in 60 days, President Barack Obama said on Friday after notifying Congress that all the requirements to repeal it have been met. The armed forces are ready to set aside the 18-year-old “Don’t Ask, Don’t…

Lawmaker handing out ‘Lady buttons’ to support Wasserman Schultz

After a GOP congressman told Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) that she was “not a lady,” Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) felt like he had to do something to show his support for the congresswoman. So Braley had pink buttons made that say “We stand with the Lady” and he’s passing…

Muslim victim’s forgiveness inspires touching last words from killer

Last night, just before the state of Texas executed a man for his post-9/11 killing spree that left two Muslim men dead and another seriously injured, he said something extraordinary. “Hate is going on in this world and it has to stop,” were the final words of Mark Stroman. “Hate…

Obama says he’s not willing to end the drug war

President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. would not be ending its war on drugs under his watch. “Much is being asked of our generation,” a doctoral student named Steve told the president at a town hall event in Maryland. “So, when are our economic perspectives going to be…

Report: Murdoch’s hackers also targeted Julian Assange’s former attorney

An attorney who represented embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was targeted by hackers working for the now-shuttered News Corporation tabloid News of the World, he told reporters with Britain’s Channel 4 News. A number for Mark Stephens, Assange’s prior lawyer, reportedly appears in a notebook kept by Murdoch phone hacker…

Senate blocks Republican ‘Cut, Cap and Balance’ bill

(Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. Senate, as expected, on Friday blocked a Republican plan to reduce deficits by $5.8 trillion over 10 years — far more than President Barack Obama and congressional leaders are discussing in private negotiations. The Democratic-controlled Senate killed the measure that passed earlier in the…

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