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Man jailed for ‘trying to sell baby’ outside Wal-Mart

LOS ANGELES — A 39-year-old US man has been jailed for six years for allegedly trying to sell his eight-month old baby daughter for $25 outside a Walmart store in California, reports said Thursday. Patrick Fousek, who was allegedly on drugs at the time, was sentenced Wednesday after a judge…

High winds batter southern California

LOS ANGELES — Winds gusting up to 140 miles per hour (160 kph) triggered power outages, felled trees and caused traffic chaos Thursday in California and blasted several neighboring states, meteorologists said. The powerful gales — expected to continue Friday — were the “strongest easterly wind event in the past…

ACLU: FBI illegally spying on Muslim groups

NEW YORK — The FBI has spied and compiled information on Muslim community groups under the cover of holding outreach meetings with their representatives, a US rights organization said Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union issued a report saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation had overstepped its authority and was…

Warren could recapture Ted Kennedy seat: poll

Elizabeth Warren, a popular figure on the left of the Democratic Party, is tied in a race to recapture the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat from Republican Scott Brown next year, according to a poll Thursday. The poll by the University of Massachusetts puts Warren four points ahead of Brown…

Superman comic soars to new $2.16 million record

A pristine first edition of the inaugural Superman comic book, originally costing just 10 cents, has sold at auction for a record-breaking $2.16 million. The 1938 copy of Action Comics #1, in which Superman debuted, sold Wednesday, smashing a $1.5 million record set for a slightly less well-preserved copy of the first edition…

Citadel lawyer hoped to avoid criminal probe of abuse

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters)- Newly released documents tied to a 2007 internal probe of child sexual abuse allegations against a camp counselor at The Citadel show a school lawyer hoped a criminal investigation of the matter could be avoided. Local and state police are investigating The Citadel — South Carolina’s…

McCain questions Obama’s pick for Pentagon Asia post

WASHINGTON — Senior US Senator John McCain demanded in a letter out Thursday that President Barack Obama’s pick to be the Pentagon’s top Asia hand detail his role in internal White House feuds on national security. And McCain signaled that he might block former national security council (NSC) chief of…

Bachmann: Gays ‘can marry a woman if they’re a man’

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachman says it’s fine for a gay man to get married — as long as it’s to a woman. During a town hall event in Iowa Wednesday, Jane Schmidt, president of Waverly High School Gay-Straign Alliance, asked the candidate why same sex couples couldn’t get married.…

Mass. AG hits big banks with foreclosure lawsuit

(Reuters) – The Massachusetts attorney general has filed a lawsuit against five large U.S. banks accusing them of deceptive foreclosure practices, such as robo-signing. Attorney General Martha Coakley said on Thursday the lawsuit was filed in state court inBoston against Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co Inc, Citigroup Inc, Wells Fargo & Co and Ally Financial.…

Bachmann claims she would close non-existent U.S. embassy in Iran

Speaking to an audience in Iowa on Wednesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) claimed that if she were president, the U.S. would not have an embassy in Iran. She was responding to news of the British embassy in Iran being overrun by hardline students, who trashed the place and set it…

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