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New audio tape sheds light on JFK assassination

WASHINGTON — Long-lost audio recordings of the aftermath of president John F. Kennedy’s assassination have been made public, captivating historians and stirring fascination about that fateful day. Almost 50 years after the November 22, 1963 assassination, a two hour and 22 minute reel was found among the personal effects of…

BP must pay some of Halliburton’s Gulf spill costs

WASHINGTON — A US court ordered British oil giant BP Tuesday to pay oilfield services company Halliburton for some of the claims stemming from the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In a ruling in Louisiana on Tuesday, a federal judge ruled BP must “indemnify Halliburton for third party…

Republicans in Arizona plan to nearly wipe out public unions

Republicans in the Arizona Senate introduced legislation on Tuesday that could eliminate public employee unions, according to Talking Points Memo. The bills go even further than those proposed in Wisconsin last year, which lead to massive pro-union protests at the state Capitol. “At first glance, it looks like an all…

Susan G. Komen charity cuts off grants to Planned Parenthood

The nation’s leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will no longer give hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to Planned Parenthood, according to the Associated Press. Planned Parenthood received $680,000 in 2011 and $580,000 in 2010 from Komen for breast-cancer screening and related services. Nearly 170,000…

Anonymous super PAC campaign donors to be revealed

WASHINGTON — Anonymous donors behind shadowy “super PACs” that have shaped the 2012 Republican presidential race by funding a slew of attack ads, were finally to be exposed Tuesday, the deadline to release their financial reports. The PACs, or political action committees, numbered a total of 302 groups as of…

Police tell Occupy DC to remove ‘tent of dreams’

WASHINGTON — Police ordered the Washington offshoot of Occupy Wall Street on Tuesday to pull down a “tent of dreams” it erected the day before in an escalation of its protest against corporate power and greed. Members of Occupy DC in McPherson Square, a stone’s throw from the White House,…

Sen. Lugar wary of aiding Syrian opposition

WASHINGTON — Republican US Senator Dick Lugar, one of his party’s elder statesmen on foreign policy, cautioned Tuesday against providing US aid to Syria’s opposition “at this point.” “I think for the time being we should back our ambassador, who I think is doing a great job of witnessing what…

Woman denies trying to cut husband’s penis off

LOS ANGELES — A 69-year-old US woman who allegedly tried to cut off her husband’s penis with a pair of heavy-duty scissors pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Virginia Valdez, who posted $100,000 bail and was freed from custody in December a few days after the alleged assault on her 62-year-old husband.…

School suspends cancer survivor for growing hair to donate

A charter school near Flint, Michigan is refusing to make an exception for a 17-year-old leukemia survivor who is growing out his hair to donate to other cancer patients. Officials at Madison Academy in Burton suspended J.T. Gaskins over a week ago after they determined that his hairstyle violated the…

Gingrich: Romney kept kosher food from Holocaust survivors

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has taken his campaign to a new low in his desperation to win the Florida primary. In an automated “robocall” to Florida voters, the Gingrich campaign claimed that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney prevented Jewish Holocaust survivors from eating kosher food. The call was first…

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