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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…

Judge keeps Gingrich, Perry, Huntsman off Virginia ballot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge in Virginia on Friday refused to order that candidates Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman be added to the ballot in the state’s March 6 Republican presidential primary election after they failed to qualify. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and congressman Ron Paul…

Oops: Perry adds new agency to cut, forgets another

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry may have had another “oops” moments on Friday. The Texas governor managed to recite three federal agencies he would abolish as president — but one of them was the wrong one. “Three right off the bat, you know, commerce, interior and energy are three that…

Activists deface Bank of America ATMs in San Francisco

Activists with the Rainforest Action Network recently devised a clever way of promoting their message: defacing Bank of America ATMs with non-adhesive stickers that look like the bank’s software interface, bearing some startling truths about the nation’s largest financial institution. As part of a campaign they’re calling “Bankrupting America,” the…

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