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New York plans to drive street musicians out of Central Park

NEW YORK — Few instruments can be gentler than the harp, but authorities in New York’s Central Park have branded street musicians like harpist Meta Epstein a public disturbance and want them driven out. A new campaign to enforce eight “quiet zones,” including in some of the city’s most hallowed…

Gabrielle Giffords smiles in newly released photos

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) looked great in the first photos seen of her since she was critically injured by a gunshot to the head. The photos were released to her Facebook page Sunday. The photos were taken May 17, a day after Giffords witnessed the launch of the Space Shuttle…

Mexican peace activist: ‘US must admit their responsibility for violence in Mexico’

EL PASO, Texas (AFP) – A week-long Mexican peace caravan crossed the border into El Paso, Texas on Saturday as protest leader and poet Javier Sicilia called on the US to do more in the fight against drug-related violence in Mexico. “The United States must admit their responsibility in the…

US puts brakes on bus firm putting people in cargo

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A Michigan bus operator has been ordered to cease all commercial passenger services after the discovery that one of its buses was carrying six passengers in its luggage compartment, US officials said Saturday. Roger Haines was driving a Haines Tours motorcoach from Roscommon, Michigan to Clyde, Ohio,…

Sugar Ray Leonard speaks about sexual assault, addiction and redemption

Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, in promoting his new book The Big Fight, spoke on MSNBC today about his 5 years of sobriety, his need to talk about his sexual assault to heal from it and his descent into addiction after his injuries sidelined him. Watch the video below: Visit msnbc.com…

UPDATED: Weiner seeks professional treatment while Pelosi, DNC chair, DCCC chair seek his resignation

UPDATE 3:20 p.m.: Rep. Anthony Weiner departed Saturday morning for “professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person,” spokeswoman Risa Heller said. Heller’s full statement, via Politico’s Ben Smith: Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and…

Elizabeth Edwards left behind video testimony: report

[Ed. note: This story was edited to reflect legal inaccuracies in the National Enquirer's story.] Before she died last winter, Elizabeth Edwards allegedly recorded video testimony about what she knew about her recently indicted husband John Edwards‘ affair with campaign aide Rielle Hunter, The National Enquirer reported. “Elizabeth wanted to…

Hillary Clinton in Africa on U.S. trade drive

LUSAKA (AFP) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday the United States wanted to expand trade with Africa by investing in the continent’s people, warning against a “new colonialism” as China expands its presence. In Zambia on the first leg of a three-nation African tour, Clinton defended US policies…

Hawaii TSA airport screeners fired over explosives lapse

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – US transport authorities announced Friday the sacking of more than 30 staff at Honolulu International Airport for failing to screen baggage properly for explosives. The Transportation Security Administration took the action after a probe on the US island state of Hawaii triggered in December when two…

Palin received death threats after 2008 nomination

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Sarah Palin received death threats after she was nominated as Republican John McCain’s running mate in 2008 presidential elections, according to emails released Friday, reflecting her meteoric rise. The then Alaska governor — and now possible White House candidate — also emerges as hard-working and very…

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