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Some CA inmates continue prison hunger strike, advocates say

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A day after California prison officials declared a 3-week-old hunger strike by thousands of convicts over, an inmate advocacy group said on Friday that at least 150 prisoners were still refusing to eat. The protest began at Pelican Bay State Prison in Northern California and spread…

Petraeus denies imposing military view on CIA analysts

New CIA director David Petraeus, who served as commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, has denied reports he wants the spy agency to give greater weight to the US military’s more upbeat view of the war. “No one on the CIA leadership team has directed that our analysts pay more…

Investor Cosmo gets 25 years in jail for $400 million Ponzi scheme

A US federal court on Friday sentenced a New York-based man to 25 years in prison after he admitted stealing more than $195 million from thousands of investors in a $400 million Ponzi scheme. Nicholas Cosmo — who ran two New York investment companies, Agape World Inc. and Agape Merchant…

Pastor Jeffress and Bill Maher agree: Mormonism is a ‘cult’

On Friday night's episode of Real Time, host Bill Maher commenced the show with an interview with Robert Jeffress, the infamous Rick Perry-supporting Baptist pastor who made headlines last week at the Values Voters Summit by calling Mormonism a "cult." Jeffress said, “…Mormonism has never been a part of historical…

Obama administration pulls part of healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is pulling the plug on a long-term, home-care program included in the 2010 healthcare reform law that Republicans have derided as a budget trick. U.S. health officials said on Friday that after 19 months of analysis, they could not come up with a model…

Trial postponed for ex-CIA officer in defense leak case

The trial of an ex-CIA officer accused of disclosing confidential information of a secret operation against Iran to a US journalist has been postponed after the government Friday removed two witnesses in the case. A US docket entry on the case of Jeffrey Sterling, after a closed-door meeting at a…

Police arrest dozens in anti-Wall Street protests

US police arrested some 50 anti-Wall Street protesters across the country, but New York backed off plans to evict an unauthorized camp in the Financial District. Most arrests were on Friday in the western United States, where the protests spread from New York. In Denver, 23 people were detained, Sergeant…

Tea Party co-founder expresses support for Occupy Wall Street

One of the original founders of the Tea Party movement has told RT.com that he believes Occupy Wall Street is not only comparable to the earliest states of the movement he helped launch but can learn from its mistakes. “The problem with protests and the political process is that it…

Rick Perry: U.S. is ‘the Saudi Arabia of coal’

WASHINGTON — Fading Republican 2012 candidate Rick Perry pledged Friday to unleash a new economic boom by throwing open land and seas to oil drilling and tapping America’s status as the “Saudi Arabia of coal.” The Texas governor tried to revive his presidential campaign with the first of a series…

Catholic bishop charged in child abuse case

For the first time in the history of the United States, a Catholic bishop is facing criminal charges. A Grand Jury in Jackson County, Missouri has indicted Bishop Robert Finn for failing to report child abuse. The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph was also indicted. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean…

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