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U.S. soldier jailed for 10 years for South Korea rape

SEOUL — A South Korean court on Tuesday jailed a US soldier for 10 years for raping a teenager, Yonhap news agency reported, in a case which prompted an apology from a top US diplomat. The private was sentenced for raping the 18-year-old multiple times in Dongducheon, which hosts the…

‘Occupy Denver’ spokeswoman says police injustice only boosts protest

“Occupy Denver” media coordinator Jeannie Harley said on Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann that she did not witness any protesters being unruly during the violent arrests at Saturday’s rally in Civic Center Park. “We’d had a perfectly peaceful march, a perfectly peaceful rally, and it turned into something much…

Sen. Bernie Sanders: U.S. becoming laughing stock of the world

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Monday night that the United States was becoming “the laughing stock of the entire world” because of the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. The Senate will take up this week a part of Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act that would provide $60 billion create a…

House to vote on affirming ‘In God We Trust’ as national motto

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Tuesday on a resolution to affirm the phrase “In God We Trust” as the nation’s official motto, according to Politico. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), the founder and chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, sponsored the legislation. It would encourage the public display of…

Presidential debates set for 2012 election

WASHINGTON — The location and dates of the crucial 2012 US presidential election debates between Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and a yet-to-be-determined Republican challenger were announced on Monday. The first of the three face-to-face encounters between Obama and his Republican challenger will be on October 3 at the University of…

U.S. government sues over South Carolina immigration law

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s administration Monday challenged a new immigration law by South Carolina, the third such law it has taken on, arguing it is unconstitutional and interferes with federal immigration authority, the Justice Department said. “The Constitution and federal law do not permit the development of a patchwork…

Disabled ‘Occupy Portland’ protester explains move into Jamison Square

A disabled “Occupy Portland” protester explained why the demonstration tried to expand into Jamison Square Park in a video released Sunday. Twenty-four-year-old Matthew Denny was arrested along with 24 other people early Sunday morning, after warnings from the Mayor’s Office and the Portland Police Bureau. “One of the reasons why…

Judge blocks restrictions on ‘Occupy Nashville’ protest

A federal judge Monday afternoon ordered Tennessee to stop enforcing new rules that restricted “Occupy Nashville” demonstrators’ ability to protest in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee (ACLU-TN). “The state cannot arbitrarily create restrictive policies just because it does not like how people…

Obama targets prescription drugs shortages

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday directing action to head off shortages in life-saving prescription drugs, in his latest bid to bypass gridlock in Congress. Obama’s order strengthens the Federal Drug Administration’s power to predict and tackle potential shortages of prescription drugs and to halt…

Rogue U.S. army unit leader saw Afghans as ‘savages’

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington — The ringleader of a rogue US army unit accused of killing Afghan civilians for sport treated the locals like “savages,” a court martial heard Monday. The so-called “kill team” led by Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs was “out of control,” prosecutors added as grisly photos of…

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