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Tougher drug laws mean nearly 1/3 arrested by age 23

Nearly one in three Americans will already have been arrested by the age of 23, recent research suggests. A study analyzing data from the federal government’s National Longitudinal Survey of Youth found that 30.2 percent of 23-year-olds reported being arrested for something more serious that a traffic violation. It’s the…

Obama’s new problem: House to block payroll tax holiday extension

US President Barack Obama faced a new political battle Monday after the top Republican in the House of Representatives rejected a two-month payroll tax cut extension already approved by the Senate. The US Senate passed a two-month payroll tax holiday extension on Saturday, guaranteeing fresh partisan bickering in the 2012…

Poll: Ron Paul becomes new frontrunner in Iowa

The continually evolving GOP presidential race has taken another twist, as Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has become the new frontrunner in Iowa. According to a new poll release from Public Policy Poll, Paul has surged ahead at 23 percent, with Mitt Romney now in second place at 20 percent. Former…

Man charged with setting woman on fire in elevator

(Reuters) – A 47-year-old man has been charged with murder and arson in the death of a Brooklyn woman who was set on fire in an elevator ambush, police said on Sunday. The suspect allegedly sprayed Deloris Gillespie, 73, with a flammable liquid on Saturday afternoon when her elevator stopped…

Secret U.S., Taliban talks reach turning point

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After 10 months of secret dialogue with Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents, senior U.S. officials say the talks have reached a critical juncture and they will soon know whether a breakthrough is possible, leading to peace talks whose ultimate goal is to end the Afghan war. As part of…

Key witness excused from testifying in Manning leaks case

FORT MEADE, MD (Reuters) – A key witness was excused from testifying in the case against Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning on Sunday after he invoked his right against self-incrimination at a hearing about the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history. Sergeant First Class Paul Adkins invoked his…

State department cables found on Manning computers: witness

State Department cables and other documents released by WikiLeaks were found on computers used by Bradley Manning, accused of giving a trove of classified material to the secret-spilling site, a US Army cyber expert said Sunday. Special Agent David Shaver of the Computer Crimes Investigative Unit (CCIU) provided the most…

Romney sees long, bitter nominating fight ahead

Mitt Romney said Sunday he was prepared for a long and bitter fight for the Republican presidential nomination even as he attacked current frontrunner Newt Gingrich as “unreliable” and “zany.” With the first Republican nominating contest a little over two weeks away in Iowa, Romney made his first appearance on…

Fed to embrace global banking rules: report

The US Federal Reserve is expected to embrace a new global framework that requires giant financial institutions to hold extra capital, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Citing unnamed people familiar with the situation, the newspaper said the Fed’s decision to accept the rules laid out by regulators in Basel,…

Military drone pilots found vulnerable to ‘clinical distress’

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Flying drone aircraft over Afghanistan from the comfort of a military base in the United States is much more stressful than it might seem, even for pilots spared the sacrifice of overseas deployment and separation from family and friends. America’s insatiable demand for drone…

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