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Court rejects FCC’s decision to relax ban on media consolidation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Thursday threw out Federal Communication Commission rules that relaxed restrictions on the ownership of broadcast TV stations and daily newspapers in the same market. The case, Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC, was brought to court by public interest groups after the…

Landmark transplant uses stemcell-coated artificial windpipe

STOCKHOLM — An international team of surgeons have successfully carried out the world’s first transplant of a synthetic windpipe, the Swedish hospital where the groundbreaking operation took place said Thursday. On June 9, a 36-year-old man suffering from late stage tracheal cancer, received a new trachea, or windpipe, made from…

Texas plans controversial execution of Mexican

WASHINGTON — The state of Texas appeared set to push forward with the controversial execution of a Mexican national Thursday despite calls for a reprieve from the White House and the Mexican government. Humberto Leal Garcia, 38, was scheduled to die at 6:00 pm (2300 GMT) in a Huntsville, Texas…

Congress reaches compromise on ethanol subsidy

WASHINGTON — Key US lawmakers Thursday reached a compromise to cut subsidies for ethanol, which would revamp a policy that has come under heightened scrutiny for diverting large amounts of corn to fuel and impacting food prices. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California said the agreement with two farm state…

U.S. defense contractor pays $7.5 million to settle Kabul brothel row

WASHINGTON — An American firm providing security at the US embassy in Afghanistan has paid $7.5 million to settle claims its guards visited brothels in Kabul with the knowledge of company officials, the Justice Department said Thursday. Armor Group North America Inc. (AGNA) and its affiliates made the payout ostensibly…

Boehner pledges support for Dalai Lama

WASHINGTON — US House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday pledged support for the Dalai Lama during a meeting at the Capitol, hailing the exiled monk as an example to the United States and the world. The head of the House of Representatives said that US lawmakers spoke with the Dalai…

House votes to forbid military aid to Libyan rebels

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives voted Thursday to forbid the Pentagon from providing military equipment, training, advice or support to Libya’s rebels. By a 225-201 margin, lawmakers debating an annual Pentagon spending bill adopted an amendment restricting Washington’s ability to help fighters looking to overthrow longtime Libyan strongman…

Senator Grassley questions Justice Department over ‘serial viewer of porn’

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) questioned Thursday why the Department of Justice did not take action against “an admitted serial viewer of pornography” who served as an Assistant United States Attorney even after the department’s Inspector General found at least one image of child pornography on the attorney’s work computer. Grassley,…

FOIA request seeks details of Justice Thomas’ jet and yacht travel

A non-partisan watchdog group has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in an attempt to determine whether conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas improperly disclosed the use of private jets and a yacht. Common Cause’s FOIA request (PDF) to the U.S. Marshals Service encompasses travel on seven dates…

Man mistakenly jailed for trying to cash check at Chase Bank

A 28-year-old construction worker was mistakenly thrown in jail after trying to deposit a check at a local Chase bank, and the whole ordeal ended up costing him his car and job. KING5 reported that Ikenna Njoku of Auburn, Washington received a home buyer rebate from the IRS, which Chase…

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