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Couple arrested after Utah and Nevada crime spree

A couple wanted for a crime spree through Utah and Nevada that saw an elderly pair slain in their home and a woman shot in the head was arrested on Tuesday wandering in the desert, authorities said Suspects Logan McFarland, 24, and Angela Marie Hill, 25, were spotted by the…

Missouri public library blocks websites about ‘occult’ spirituality

The Salem Public Library in Missouri along with its board of trustees face a lawsuit for blocking access to websites discussing indigenous American spirituality and the Wiccan faith The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Eastern Missouri filed the lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of Salem resident Anaka Hunter,…

New York firebombing raises alarm over spread of Islamophobia

NEW YORK — New York police arrested a man Tuesday over the firebombing of a mosque, but some say the incident reflects much deeper tensions faced by Muslim New Yorkers — and that police are partly to blame. Police say they are investigating whether the throwing of Molotov cocktails at…

U.S. charges Swiss bankers for hiding $1.2 billion

NEW YORK — Three Swiss bankers were indicted in the United States Tuesday, accused of hiding $1.2 billion in assets of US clients seeking to avoid declaring their full wealth to tax authorities. The bankers, Michael Berlinka, Urs Frei and Roger Keller, were accused of “conspiring with US taxpayers and…

Quakes halt Ohio ‘fracking’ waste water well

WASHINGTON — A series of small earthquakes has prompted Ohio to suspend operations at a well used to dispose of waste water from “fracking,” a controversial technology to extract oil and gas from shale, officials said Tuesday. The suspension came amid suspicions, which have not been confirmed, that the disposal…

Pat Robertson: God revealed the next president, but it’s a secret

Pat Robertson says God has told him who the next president will be — but it’s a secret. The televangelist revealed on Tuesday that he had spent the nearly a week in prayer, asking God to “show me something.” “I think He showed me the next president, but I’m not…

New York City Council to vote on ending corporate personhood

The New York City Council is expected to vote Wednesday on a resolution asking Congress to pass an amendment overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The Supreme Court ruled that corporations had the same First Amendment rights as U.S. citizens and that…

Dash cam video appears to show officer planting evidence

An officer in Utica, New York is being accused of planting evidence — and he was busted by the dash cam in his own police cruiser. The Utica Phoenix recently obtained dash cam video of a February 11, 2011 traffic stop, where officers Palladino and Padulla search an African-American couple.…

MSNBC contributor: ‘Rick Santorum is a homophobe and a bigot’

A regular MSNBC contributor says people should stop beating around the bush and just call Rick Santorum what he is. In a discussion on Tuesday about who would win the Iowa caucuses, United Republic senior strategist Jimmy Williams lashed out at the Republican presidential candidate for being “a homophobe and…

New Hampshire Republicans again challenge Obama’s citizenship

The made-up scandal that just won’t quit is back, with a vengeance. A group of Republican lawmakers in New Hampshire asked the state’s attorney general on Tuesday to launch an investigation into President Barack Obama’s citizenship, The Associated Press reported. The effort was being staged in hopes that they may…

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