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White Mississippi teen pleads not guilty in black man’s death

(Reuters) – A white Mississippi teenager pleaded not guilty on Friday to a capital murder charge stemming from the fatal hit-and-run of a black man in a motel parking lot. A judge ordered Deryl Dedmon, 19, to stand trial on January 9 and gave prosecutors until November 1 to decide…

California desert drug bust nets $22.6 mln in marijuana

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A record 14 tons of marijuana, valued at over $22.6 million, was seized in the California desert at a checkpoint roughly 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, federal officials said on Friday. Agents found the marijuana in 1,100 bundles concealed inside a tractor-trailer, marking the…

Protesters march on NYPD headquarters

NEW YORK — About 2,000 anti-corporate demonstrators marched Friday from a protest camp they have occupied near Wall Street to the headquarters of the New York Police Department. The noisy but peaceful rally was the largest since anti-Wall Street activists occupied a small park in lower Manhattan two weeks ago…

Florida sets primary for Jan. 31, in violation of GOP rules

Florida officially announced Friday that its Republican presidential primary election would be held January 31, in violation of the Republican National Committee’s guidelines. The RNC said it would punish any states (aside from the four traditional early primary states) that held a primary before March 4. The special committee’s decision,…

NY police: Wear pants to ward off sexual assault

Police officers in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, where several sexual attacks have occurred in recent months, are amping up their nighttime presence and offering a more unusual form of protection: wardrobe advice. According to the Wall Street Journal, one 25-year-old woman was stopped with two other women recently. The 25-year…

Watch: Deaf woman hears own voice for first time

In a video that’s gone viral over the Internet this week, a young woman in her 20′s hears her own voice for the first time. But be forewarned: it’s a tearjerker. YouTube user sloanchurman explains: “I was born deaf and 8 weeks ago I received a hearing implant. This is…

200,000-member labor union votes to support ‘Occupy Wall Street’

By Linette Lopez According to Daily Kos, The New York Transit Workers Union (TWU) voted to support the Wall Street Protestors at their meeting last night. A member of TWU Local 100 told a reporter that they would join the protest Friday at 4PM. Here’s more about them from their website: The…

Greenwald on Awlaki’s killing: The ‘Constitution burned and stepped on’

Salon blogger and Constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald appeared on Democracy Now! Friday morning to voice his displeasure over the United States’ killing of Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, a U.S. citizen who was considered a radical cleric for Al-Qaeda. Greenwald highlighted the criticism that President George W. Bush received from the…

Mitt Romney to warm stage for anti-Mormon shock jock

Mormon presidential hopeful Mitt Romney next weekend will be the opening act for shock jock Bryan Fischer, who recently said that the First Amendment should not apply to Mormons. Both Romney and Fischer are featured speakers at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. next weekend, a conference aimed at…

Pentagon allows military chaplains to perform same-sex unions

Ten days after the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, there’s more positive news from the military for gay individuals. The Pentagon has decided to allow military chaplains to perform same-sex unions whether on or off a military location, according to the Associated Press. A chaplain can officiate at any…

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