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Tennessee woman released after 25 years on death row

NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) – A Tennessee woman who sat on death row for a quarter-century for the killing of her husband was released from custody on Friday. Gaile Owens, 58, was greeted by a small group of friends and family when she was released from the Tennessee Prison for Women.…

Americans seethe as banks hit them with new fees

(Reuters) – Smoking outside a Bank of America branch in Chicago, restaurant worker Mike Dysangco complained about the “totally ridiculous” new banking fees. “The economy is not the greatest and they come up with these fees? Do you want our business or not?” asked the waiter who has an account…

Romney: God wants America to lead

Leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney declared Friday that God created America to lead the world, and accused President Barack Obama of deliberately weakening his nation. Romney sought to bolster his credentials to serve as commander-in-chief as new polls showed him back at the top of the Republican field and…

Forget 9-9-9, Santorum unveils 0-0-0 tax plan

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has fellow candidate Herman Cain’s number. At campaign stops across the country, Cain has been touting his “9-9-9″ tax plan. It calls for throwing out all existing tax policies and replacing them with a nine percent business flat tax, a nine percent individual flat tax,…

America slims down: more people have ‘normal’ BMI than ‘overweight’

For the first time in three years, the percentage of Americans falling into the “healthy weight” BMI range outnumbers the percentage in the “overweight” BMI range, according to new Gallup poll results. Overweight people in the 25 to 29.9 BMI range make up 35.8 percent of the population, while 36.6…

California pot shops ordered to shut down within 45 days

The Obama administration is finally cracking down on the medical marijuana industry, in a big way. In letters received by 16 licensed California dispensaries and their landlords this week, U.S. Attorneys threatened to swoop in and seize the properties if they don’t close up shop within 45 days. The Associated…

Dems carve notch in Senate’s filibuster rules

An arcane filibuster tactic has been eliminated from the U.S. Senate, after a vote to change the rules called by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) succeeded last night. It all started as a relatively minor, even common dispute between Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). McConnell had…

Cantor ‘concerned about growing mobs’ at Occupy Wall Street

At the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) referred to the Occupy Wall Street protests as “growing mobs.” “This administration’s policies have resulted in an assault on many of our nation’s bedrock principles,” Cantor declared. “If you read the newspapers today, I, for…

Wisconsin Democrats want anti-union governor’s picture removed

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Democrats in the Wisconsin state Assembly want to remove a portrait of a former governor who gave an order that led to the fatal shooting of seven people in a Milwaukee labor dispute 125 years ago. The political battle over art is reminiscent of the controversial removal…

Georgia city revises headscarf policy after lawsuit

ATLANTA (Reuters) – A Georgia city settled a federal lawsuit on Thursday filed by a Muslim woman who was arrested and jailed after she refused to remove her headscarf before entering a courtroom. Lisa Valentine was accompanying a nephew to court in Douglasville in December 2008 when an officer manning…

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