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American Airlines files for bankruptcy protection

American Airlines’ parent company AMR filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, as the troubled firm tried to put its finances in order while keeping planes in the sky and passengers in seats. “Chapter 11 reorganization is in the best interest of the company and its stakeholders,” the firm said in an early-morning statement, which also announced…

Jackson doctor jailed for maximum four years

A judge jailed Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray for the maximum four years Tuesday, three weeks after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the star’s 2009 death. He also said Murray should pay compensation to Jackson’s family, although he made no ruling on a prosecution proposal for $100 million in restitution, putting…

Ex-Seattle police chief: ‘Appalling’ to use tear gas on peaceful protesters

A former Seattle police chief says that the post-9/11 militarization of police forces across the U.S. has led to the abuse of non-violent activists in the Occupy movement. Author and activist Norm Stamper told BBC that he resigned as Seattle’s police chief after the tear gas used on demonstrators at…

Cain tells staff he’s reconsidering candidacy

On a conference call Tuesday morning, motivational speaker and former businessman Herman Cain told senior campaign staff that he is considering dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to published reports. During the call, he denied a claim that he carried on a 13-year affair with…

Prosecutor: Advocating jury nullification ‘not protected by the First Amendment’

Advocating for a controversial legal tactic known as jury nullification can get U.S. citizens prosecuted for jury tampering, according to one Manhattan prosecutor who’s pursuing that very charge against a 79-year-old former chemistry professor. Indicted last year, all Julian P. Heicklen says he was doing is handing out pamphlets from…

Tasers come out for ‘Occupy Olympia’ protesters

At least four of the thousands of protesters who were attempting to occupy the Washington state Capitol were arrested on Monday as lawmakers considered $2 billion in budget cuts. The State Patrol used tasers on three other protesters. About 3,000 people from Occupy Olympia, unions and social service groups gathered…

Cancer drug ‘scalpers’ corner U.S. market

Pssst. Wanna buy some chemo drugs? A new trend in pharmaceutical sales has raised concerns over ethics and patient safety, as companies buy up critical cancer drugs in short supply and attempt to resell them at huge markups. Rather than operate by the dark of night on street corners, these…

Sandusky charity tells donors: Give elsewhere

(Reuters) – The charity founded by the former Penn State football coach facing explosive child sex abuse charges asked donors on Monday to give money instead to a separate Pennsylvania charity. The Second Mile non-profit, which has been battered by child molestation charges against founder Jerry Sandusky, said it was…

DOJ officials investigate Alabama immigration law’s impact on rights

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) – Two Justice Department officials said they returned to Alabama on Monday as “boots on the ground” to sift through some of the more than 1,000 e-mails and calls received on a hotline fielding concerns about the state’s tough new immigration law. “The more we hear, the…

Judge blocks anti-abortion license plates in North Carolina

WILMINGTON, North Carolina (Reuters) – A judge on Monday blocked the state of North Carolina from issuing voluntary vehicle license plates with an anti-abortion slogan on them. U.S. District Judge James Fox granted a preliminary injunction sought by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. The ACLU argued in…

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