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Man gets 315 years prison for child porn crimes

WASHINGTON — A man in the midwestern US state of Indiana was sentenced to 315 years behind bars for producing and distributing child pornography, the Justice Department said Tuesday. David Bostic, 25, “committed heinous acts of sexual abuse against the most vulnerable in our society,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny…

U.S. government sues over Utah immigration law

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s administration Tuesday challenged a new immigration law by Utah, the third such law it has taken on, arguing it is unconstitutional and undercuts federal immigration authority, the Justice Department said. Federal prosecutors said in a complaint filed in Utah that the law, called H.B. 497,…

‘Occupy’ marchers from New York reach D.C.

WASHINGTON — Weary but determined Occupy Wall Street protesters entered Washington in the rain Tuesday at the end of a 13-day march from New York that they hoped would inspire others to hit the road. Carrying a US flag and an orange “people before profit” poster, they strolled in the…

Obama camp slams Romney ‘dishonesty’

WASHINGTON — The White House accused Republican Mitt Romney’s camp of blatant dishonesty Tuesday after he savaged President Barack Obama’s jobs record in a testy preview of a possible 2012 election showdown. The row erupted after the Romney camp’s first television advertisement ripped an Obama quote out of context, making…

State senator calls for independent probe of UC Davis pepper-spraying incident

California state Sen. Leland Yee (D) on Monday called for an independent investigation of the pepper-spraying incident that occurred at the University of California-Davis on Friday. Two campus police officers hit a group of “Occupy” protesters who had locked arms and refused to move directly in the face with a…

Wisconsin group offers $10K reward for info about destroyed recall petitions

The group One Wisconsin Now announced Tuesday it would offer a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any individual guilty of fraudulently destroying or defacing recall petitions. “We cannot allow democracy to be threatened by those who would illegally destroy recall petitions with valid…

Hundreds protest against proposed Indiana ‘right to work’ law

Hundreds of pro-union activists rallied outside the Indiana statehouse on Tuesday to protest against Republicans’ drive to pass so-called “right-to-work” legislation. The legislation would prohibit union security clauses in union contracts, meaning non-union employees would benefit from collective bargaining agreements without paying union dues. Twenty-two states have similar laws. Republicans…

Christmas shoppers warned over dangerous toys

WASHINGTON — Dangerous or toxic toys remain on sale in US stores as Americans gird for the approach of Christmas and the rush to stock up on presents for eager children, a US consumer group said Tuesday. In a report dubbed “Trouble in Toyland,” commissioners told how they had found…

U.S. to cease observing arms treaty with Russia: State Dept

WASHINGTON — The United States said Tuesday it would no longer provide data to Russia on conventional weapons and troops in Europe, citing non-compliance by Moscow with a two-decade old treaty that governed the information exchange. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters the United States will cease to observe…

Iran failed to make Iraq a client state: top US official

WASHINGTON — Iran has failed to shape Iraq into an “client state” in its own image and will lose one of its few remaining allies as “inevitable” change comes to Syria, a top US official said Tuesday. US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said Iran was also increasingly isolated in…

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