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DOJ officials investigate Alabama immigration law’s impact on rights

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) – Two Justice Department officials said they returned to Alabama on Monday as “boots on the ground” to sift through some of the more than 1,000 e-mails and calls received on a hotline fielding concerns about the state’s tough new immigration law. “The more we hear, the…

Judge blocks anti-abortion license plates in North Carolina

WILMINGTON, North Carolina (Reuters) – A judge on Monday blocked the state of North Carolina from issuing voluntary vehicle license plates with an anti-abortion slogan on them. U.S. District Judge James Fox granted a preliminary injunction sought by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. The ACLU argued in…

Mexican truck driver jailed in drug tunnel conspiracy

SAN DIEGO, California (Reuters) – A U.S. judge jailed a Mexican truck driver for 15 years and 8 months on Monday for his role in a conspiracy to smuggle drugs through a sophisticated tunnel to California from Mexico. U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns sentenced Daniel Navarro-Chavez, 45, to prison…

U.S. builds sea fence to stop Mexican immigrant wave

LOS ANGELES — The United States is building a barrier stretching 300 feet (90 meters) out into the Pacific to bar illegal immigrants from using a low-tide route to flood into southern California from Mexico. The $4.3 million project will replace a dilapidated border fence with an 18-foot (nearly six-meter)…

Police hold off on eviction of Los Angeles ‘Occupy’ camp

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Throngs of anti-Wall Street activists hunkered down in their Los Angeles camp for another night of uncertainty early on Tuesday as police stayed largely on the sidelines 24 hours after a deadline to vacate passed. But crowds that had swelled to more than 2,000 at their…

Wisconsin Democrats hit halfway mark in recall effort against Gov. Walker

Organizers working on a campaign to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch are more than half-way to their goal, they announced Monday. United Wisconsin, which teamed up with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, has collected 300,000 signed petitions since November 15. They need to collect 540,206…

‘Cyber Monday’ sizzles with online shopping

SAN FRANCISCO — US shoppers were on pace to drive “Cyber Monday” sales to a new record high as people flocked the Internet to snap up deals offered by online retailers. By mid-afternoon in New York, IBM Benchmark reported that online sales on the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday were…

Senate faces key vote on indefinite detention

WASHINGTON — The polarized US Senate pressed ahead Monday towards a key mid-week vote on a sweeping military spending bill that has drawn a White House veto threat over new rules on detention of suspected terrorists. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid set up a midday Wednesday procedural vote to…

White House shooter declared fit to stand trial

WASHINGTON — A man charged with attempting to assassinate US President Barack Obama by firing an assault rifle at the White House has been declared fit to stand trial, but the government Monday called for more tests and a full competency hearing. Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, 21, who allegedly called Obama the…

Cain breaks the news that another accuser is coming forward

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on Monday preemptively denied having a 13-year-long affair with Atlanta woman Ginger White. Before an Atlanta FOX affiliate’s report was even able to air the allegations, Cain appeared on CNN to claim the accusations were false. “This individual’s going to accuse me of an affair…

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