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Obama insists Libya action legal

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama insisted that the current US military action in Libya was legal, rejecting rising criticism from Congress over the goals and justification of the operation. In a 30-page report to lawmakers, the White House argued that US participation in the NATO-led assault on Moamer Kadhafi’s…

WikiLeaks grand jury witness David House refuses to testify, invokes Fifth Amendment

WASHINGTON — A friend of Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of leaking classified files to WikiLeaks, said he declined to answer questions at a grand jury hearing. Prosecutors, who have not given up bringing charges against the whistle-blower website’s founder Julian Assange, had subpoenaed David House to testify before…

Radical Islam spreading in US prisons: lawmakers

WASHINGTON – US prisons are becoming a hotbed for indoctrinating inmates and turning them into radical Muslims, US lawmakers were told Wednesday in the second of a series of controversial hearings. “Despite appearances, prison walls are porous. Outside influences access those on the inside, and inmates reach from the inside…

US citizen among Mexico hidden grave victims

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AFP) – An American man who was reported missing in March has been identified among 183 corpses found in hidden graves in April in northeastern Mexico, a US diplomat said Wednesday. “For the moment we can’t give details of the victim, but we’re giving the relatives consular…

LulzSec hackers inspire YouTube rap song

The LulzSec hackers that have cracked into Sony, Nintendo, the U.S. Senate, the Public Broadcasting System, and other websites in recent weeks now have their very own rap song. Listen to the song, uploaded to YouTube by darkspline on June 9, 2011, below: (Contains explicit lyrics.) #### Lyrics #### Transmission…

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords released from hospital

LOS ANGELES — US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords was released from hospital Wednesday, doctors said, five months after she was shot in the head at point-blank range in an attack which shocked America. A few days after the first photos of her since the attack were published, doctors said “her cognitive…

Bradley Manning supporters rally at WikiLeaks federal grand jury

Supporters of Army Private Bradley Manning rallied outside the courthouse where a federal grand jury has convened to investigate WikiLeaks. The Associated Press reported that supporters of the Army private, who is accused of supplying classified documents to WikiLeaks, gathered outside the courthouse in northern Virginia on Wednesday. Activist David…

White House denies violating War Powers Act in report to Congress on Libya

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent a report to Congress Wednesday insisting that he did not exceed his powers in ordering US military action in Libya. Officials said that the 30-page report justifies US action in the mission to protect civilians and target the forces of Moamer Kadhafi and contains…

Magic mushroom’s positive effects lasting over a year, say researchers

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine claim to have determined the proper dose levels needed to create positive changes in attitudes, mood, life satisfaction, and behavior that persist for more than a year with the psychoactive substance in so-called “magic mushrooms.” The findings are the latest in…

Weapons smuggled in U.S. sting linked to deaths: report

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Weapons smuggled into Mexico as part of a US sting operation — and then lost — have been linked to numerous killings, including that of an American federal agent, a congressional report disclosed Wednesday. The report found that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) lost…

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