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Paterno says he was unsure how to handle abuse tip: report

(Reuters) – Joe Paterno, the iconic head of Penn State University’s football program for 46 years fired after former assistant Jerry Sandusky was charged with child sex abuse, said he was unsure of how to deal with the first report about Sandusky that reached him in 2002. “I didn’t know…

Romney team hits back at Obama’s ‘job destroyer’ attack

Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney’s team hit back Saturday atPresident Barack Obama’s campaign for portraying him as a jobs destroyer, ahead of a pivotal US election primary in South Carolina. Romney, favorite to take on Democrat Obama in the November 6 vote, sought to turn the tables on the president, with a campaign aide comparing…

Social conservative groups back Santorum

Desperate to stop Mitt Romney’s growing momentum towards the Republican presidential nomination, social conservatives groups are lining themselves behind Rick Santorum. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins announced Saturday afternoon the decision to support the former Pennsylvania Senator after several rounds of voting. “There emerged a strong consensus around Rick…

White House expresses concern over SOPA, anti-piracy bills

The Obama administration has joined in on the concern over the Internet anti-piracy bills being discussed in Congress. On the White House blog Saturday morning, administration officials responded to two petitions calling for President Obama to veto the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and any similar bills. “While we believe…

Former prisoner can sue over order to cut dreadlocks

(Reuters) – A former prisoner can sue a state prison employee for ordering him to shear his dreadlocks, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. A Chicago appeals court revived a lawsuit by ex-inmate Omar Grayson against Harold Schuler, an official at Big Muddy Correctional Center in Illinois who required…

Occupy ‘will never die’: protesters in Washington

Protesters with the “Occupy” movement in the US capitol said Friday the authorities’ efforts to evict them would fail, after the city mayor called for their removal. “They are trying to annoy us, to get our spirits down but I really think it’s not working,” said Sam Mellot from Virginia…

Washington state gay marriage proposal gets strong support

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Friday introduced a bill to legalize same sex marriage in Washington state, which gay rights groups hope will be the next state to approve nuptials after two-term governor Christine Gregoire announced her support. The bill was introduced in the Democrat-controlled Senate…

Martin Luther King Memorial inscription to be corrected

Three months after the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, an inscription on the monument to the civil rights leader is to be corrected. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday he has given the National Park Service 30 days to correct the error on the base of the…

Obama team slams Romney’s corporate past

Barack Obama’s campaign has fired off a withering attack on Mitt Romney, branding the US president’s likely election foe as a corporate raider who made money “hand over fist” by destroying jobs. The Obama campaign’s intervention Friday whipped up a new storm around Romney, who has been battered by criticism…

John Edwards trial delayed by ‘serious heart condition’

The trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards for alleged campaign violations was delayed this week after his doctor told a judge that Edwards has a serious heart condition which will require a medical procedure next month. According to the Associated Press, “Federal Judge Catherine Eagles did not disclose the…

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