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Abu Ghraib remains scar on U.S. war efforts

He is now a schoolteacher, but Abu Mustafa admits he still sometimes has flashbacks to his 10 months in American custody at Iraq’s most infamous prison — Abu Ghraib. “I cannot forget, and I cannot describe, the hell that I lived,” said the 33-year-old father-of-two, who remains profoundly traumatised by…

Caved again? Two-month payroll tax cut in exchange for quick pipeline decision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers on Friday agreed to extend a payroll tax cut for two months after Democrats bowed to Republican demands to expedite approval of a controversial oil pipeline. The deal, which still would have to be approved by the full Senate and House of Representatives, fell far short…

Louisiana warns of brain-eating parasite in tap water

Officials in Louisiana warned this week that a brain-eating parasite known as Naegleria fowleri might survive in some of the state’s tap water, cautioning that if residents use the common cold remedy known as a neti pot, they should thoroughly boil their water first. Neti pots work by injecting a…

AFL-CIO report: Alabama immigration law ‘parallels to Jim Crow’

An AFL-CIO report released Thursday determined that a recent immigration law “hearkens Alabama back to the bleakest days of the state’s racial history.” HB56, which went into effect September 28, follows similar laws in Arizona and Georgia, which have been challenged by the administration of President Barack Obama as infringing…

Tea party leader flees CBS cameras after handgun arrest

The co-founder of Tea Party Patriots was captured on video jumping a fence and fleeing into Queens’ “Boulevard of Death” after he was arraigned for illegally possessing a handgun at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Mark Meckler was charged Thursday with criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a…

Oregon man busted for attacking Toys R Us customers with light sabers

Portland police say they have arrested an Oregon man for using two light sabers to assault three people at a Hayden Island Toys R Us Wednesday. Officers responded to the scene to find David Allen Canterbury, 33, in the store parking lot still holding one of the “Star Wars” toys,…

GOP ‘family values’ mayor admits he’s gay

A Republican mayor in Mississippi admitted this week that he was gay after an audit revealed that he spent taxpayer money at a gay adult store in Canada. Greg Davis was elected as the mayor of Southaven in 1997 on a platform of conservative “family values,” but he says he…

Romney: I didn’t know what Medicaid was ‘before I got into government’

Millionaire Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney admitted Friday that he wasn’t sure what Medicaid was before being elected as governor of Massachusetts at the age of 55. “Medicaid, you wonder what Medicaid is, those that are not into all this government stuff,” Romney told voters at a campaign event in…

Manning’s lawyer calls for military judge to recuse himself

Update: Bradley Manning’s military judge refuses call to recuse himself A US soldier accused of giving classified documents to WikiLeaksappeared in court Friday for the first time, with the defense immediately alleging the military hearing is biased. Bradley Manning, a former intelligence analyst, is accused of downloading 260,000 US diplomatic cables,…

Six former Fannie, Freddie executives sued for securities fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. securities regulators sued six former executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Friday, including ex-CEOs of both mortgage finance companies, saying they misled investors over exposure to risky home loans. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued three former executives at Fannie Mae and…

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