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Sandusky alleged victim upset by attacks

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania — An attorney hired by an alleged victim of child sex abuse by former Penn State assistant gridiron coach Jerry Sandusky says his client is upset at attacks by an opposing lawyer. Slade McLaughlin said his client, Victim No. 1 in a grand jury report issued November…

Startups let people sidestep corporate greed

SAN FRANCISCO — While Occupy Wall Street protestors rail against the economic elite a new breed of Internet startups is out to overthrow big businesses as rulers of the marketplace. Entrepreneurs are catering to a new generation that would rather share cars than own them; sleep in spare bedrooms instead…

Senate defeats challenge to indefinite detention provision

WASHINGTON — The polarized US Senate on Tuesday beat back an attempt to set aside proposed rules on detention of terrorism suspects, defying a White House veto threat and criticisms from the FBI and the Pentagon. By a 37-61 margin, senators defeated an attempt to strip the proposed regulations from…

Rick Perry forgets the U.S. voting age, election date

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) wants to be president, but he just can’t remember when the election is or how old you have to be to vote. At a campaign stop at St. Anselm College Institute of Politics Tuesday, Perry didn’t seem to know that Americans become eligible to vote…

U.S. vice president visits Iraq as troops depart

US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Baghdad on a surprise visit on Tuesday, during which he is due to meet top Iraqi officials, as American troops depart Iraq ahead of a year-end deadline. Biden was met at the airport by US ambassador James Jeffrey and General Lloyd Austin, the commander of United States Forces –…

American Airlines files for bankruptcy protection

American Airlines’ parent company AMR filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, as the troubled firm tried to put its finances in order while keeping planes in the sky and passengers in seats. “Chapter 11 reorganization is in the best interest of the company and its stakeholders,” the firm said in an early-morning statement, which also announced…

Jackson doctor jailed for maximum four years

A judge jailed Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray for the maximum four years Tuesday, three weeks after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the star’s 2009 death. He also said Murray should pay compensation to Jackson’s family, although he made no ruling on a prosecution proposal for $100 million in restitution, putting…

Ex-Seattle police chief: ‘Appalling’ to use tear gas on peaceful protesters

A former Seattle police chief says that the post-9/11 militarization of police forces across the U.S. has led to the abuse of non-violent activists in the Occupy movement. Author and activist Norm Stamper told BBC that he resigned as Seattle’s police chief after the tear gas used on demonstrators at…

Cain tells staff he’s reconsidering candidacy

On a conference call Tuesday morning, motivational speaker and former businessman Herman Cain told senior campaign staff that he is considering dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to published reports. During the call, he denied a claim that he carried on a 13-year affair with…

Prosecutor: Advocating jury nullification ‘not protected by the First Amendment’

Advocating for a controversial legal tactic known as jury nullification can get U.S. citizens prosecuted for jury tampering, according to one Manhattan prosecutor who’s pursuing that very charge against a 79-year-old former chemistry professor. Indicted last year, all Julian P. Heicklen says he was doing is handing out pamphlets from…

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