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Guantanamo detainees were tortured to death, say families

WASHINGTON — The families of two detainees who died in Guantanamo Bay in 2006 on Monday challenged the government’s assertion that the prisoners committed suicide, saying they were tortured to death. Relatives of Saudi national Yasser al-Zahrani and Yemeni Salah al-Salami demanded the federal appeals court reconsider their cases in…

Federal judge says gay Proposition 8 judge was not required to recuse himself

U.S. District Chief Judge James Ware said during a court hearing Monday that there was no evidence that retired Judge Vaughn R. Walker should have recused himself from the Proposition 8 trial. The Los Angeles Times reported that sponsors of Proposition 8, California’s 2008 ban on same sex marriage, argued…

LulzSec hackers break into U.S. Senate website

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Sergeant at Arms Office confirmed on Monday that the Senate’s website had been hacked this past weekend and that it has ordered a review of all Senate computer sites. “Although this intrusion is inconvenient, it does not compromise the security of the Senate’s network, its members…

Obama: If I were Anthony Weiner, I would resign

President Barack Obama said in an interview Monday that if he was in the wake of a scandal like Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York is now, he would resign. “Well, obviously what he did was highly inappropriate,” he told NBC News. “I think he’s embarrassed himself, he’s acknowledged…

Over 100 Omaha-area pastors call for end to anti-LGBT religious discrimination

More than 100 Omaha Christian ministers fed up with the stereotype that Christians are anti-LGBT have signed a proclamation calling for an end to religious and civil discrimination based on sexual orientation. The proclamation was started by Rev. Eric Elnes, minister at the 1,500 members strong Countryside Community Church. Leaders…

Supreme Court denies U.S. citizenship to American’s son

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that a man who was born in Mexico of a Mexican mother and an American father is not entitled to US citizenship, even though the law discriminates on the basis of gender. Without comment, the top US court upheld a 2008 decision…

B-17 ‘Flying Fortress’ bomber crashes near Chicago

CHICAGO — A World War II era “Flying Fortress” bomber crashed into a field near Chicago and burst into flames Monday, but officials said all seven passengers on board escaped injury. Flames and thick black smoke billowed out of the wreckage of the historic plane which was ripped in half…

U.S. Army to abandon the beret

WASHINGTON — The US Army is abandoning the beret, after a failed 10-year experiment. The black beret, which proved deeply unpopular with American soldiers, will be replaced by a patrol cap for everyday wear, US Army spokesman Colonel Tom Collins said Monday. The move came after outgoing Army chief of…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s prayer event is ‘meant to convert non-Christians’: progressive group

The progressive advocacy group People For the American Way chastised Texas Governor Rick Perry on Monday for his “inappropriate” plans to host a Christian prayer summit at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Perry has proclaimed August 6 as a “Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God’s guidance”…

Ad in Miami paper mistakenly declares Heat champions

MIAMI (Reuters) - The Miami Herald mistakenly ran an advertisement from a retailer in its Monday edition congratulating the Miami Heat for winning the NBA title a day after they lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the championship series. The paper ran a large ad from Macy’s Inc pronouncing “Congratulations Miami” and promoting official championship gear at its…

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