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Police: Sex offender dies while raping elderly woman

A 53-year-old man died of a suspected heart attack while in the act of raping a 77-year-old woman, police investigators in Tivoli, Texas said this week. Isabel Chavelo Gutierrez, 53 (pictured), smelled of alcohol when he climbed into bed with her and held a pocket knife to the woman’s throat,…

Exclusive: Mishandled VA rape cases deemed ‘shocking’ by lawyers in Pentagon suit

WASHINGTON – The firm investigating a case of 17 raped military veterans suing the Pentagon responded Monday after a report that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs mishandled sexual assault cases. “This shocking report is consistent with the findings of our investigation,” Keith Rohman, president of Public Interest Investigations, the…

U.S. Congress votes against Libya funding

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US House of Representatives voted to prohibit the use of funds for American military operations in Libya. Lawmakers adopted the amendment to a military appropriations bill by a vote of 248 to 163. A number of members of Congress have recently expressed their dissatisfaction at President…

Obama chases history in Puerto Rico

MIAMI (AFP) – President Barack Obama heads to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, with votes on his mind, despite the fact that the Caribbean island’s 3.8 million US citizens cannot cast ballots in general elections. Obama’s trip, the first official visit by a sitting US president since John F. Kennedy’s fondly…

U.S. identifies remains of soldier missing since 1951

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Sixty years after vanishing on the battlefields of the Korean War and 20 years after being shipped back in a coffin, the remains of a US soldier have been identified using DNA testing. The Pentagon said Monday it had identified Corporal A.V. Scott, who went missing in…

Pentagon Papers finally published, 40 years on

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The Pentagon Papers, a US government report into the Vietnam War, were finally published in full, 40 years after embarrassing details of the document were leaked. President Lyndon Johnson’s administration commissioned a Vietnam Study Task Force in 1967 to write a comprehensive report about America’s ill-fated…

Michele Bachmann announces White House run

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AFP) – Michele Bachmann, a Congresswoman championed by the Republicans’ Tea Party wing, announced she had formally filed her candidacy in the 2012 presidential election. Bachmann used the start of the Republicans’ first big televised debate to make the announcement. “I filed today my paperwork to seek…

Republicans pound Obama in first big debate

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AFP) – Republican presidential candidates led by frontrunner Mitt Romney used their first big televised debate to lash out at President Barack Obama — but not each other. The debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, late Monday did little to define differences between the seven candidates in the…

Herman Cain: Only the Muslims not ‘trying to kill us’ should be in government

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain clarified his stance on appointing Muslims to government positions during CNN’s New Hampshire GOP debate on Monday. The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza had previously told ThinkProgress that he would not be comfortable appointing a Muslim to his White House cabinet or as a federal…

Pawlenty backs down on ‘ObamneyCare’

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty refused to attack Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health care reform during CNN’s New Hampshire GOP debate on Monday. Pawlenty made headlines over the weekend by claiming there was no difference between President Barack Obama’s health care reform, which is hugely unpopular among conservatives, and Romney’s health…

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