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New evidence could clear 14-year-old executed by South Carolina

Over 67 years after 14-year-old George Junius Stinney Jr. was put to death by the state of South Carolina, he may soon be cleared of the crime that people familiar with the case say he never could have committed. A lawyer and an activist both told Raw Story recently that…

NYC construction union brings $7 million corruption suit against developers

A New York City metalworking union has filed a RICO suit, alleging corruption and wrongdoing, against the major developers who they say are denying workers fair wages and benefits. In addition to the suit, however, union leaders say they aim to rehabilitate the public’s perception of unions. The union, Metallic…

Tearful Amanda Knox pleads for freedom

PERUGIA, Italy (Reuters) – American student Amanda Knox made a tearful plea on Monday to be acquitted of murdering her British roommate during a brutal erotic game, saying she was paying with her life for a crime she did not commit. “I am the same person I was four years ago,” said Knox,…

California insurer won’t pay for breast cancer drug

(Reuters) – Health insurer Blue Shield of California has decided not to pay for Roche Holding’s drug Avastin to treat breast cancer after health advisers said it was not safe or clinically beneficial. Blue Shield of California, an insure with around 3.3 million members, said in a notice posted on…

Radical proposal: Massive debt relief to kick-start economy

By Jennifer Ablan and Matthew Goldstein NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than three years after the financial crisis struck, the economy remains stuck in a consumer debt trap. It’s a situation that could take years to correct itself. That’s why some economists are calling for a radical step: massive debt…

Koch brothers’ firm hid subsidiary’s violations of criminal law

In May 2008, the compliance and ethics manager of Koch Industries discovered that a French subsidiary of the privately-held firm had been paying bribes to gain contracts. As described in the November issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine, she promptly notified her supervisors, who found evidence that the business director of…

Hayes guest on Christie: The ‘obviously least racist’ GOP candidate

While discussing how GOP voters haven’t been enamored by the current candidates in their field, Up with Chris Hayes panel guest Rinku Sen brought up an interesting point if Chris Christie were to actually enter the race. The publisher of ColorLines.com mentioned how the New Jersey governor is one of…

Critics charge Obama sets NASA on ‘path of decay’

By Jean-Louis Santini WASHINGTON — High-profile critics fear President Barack Obama’s commercial overhaul of human spaceflight is going nowhere and could mark the end of half a century of US supremacy among the stars and planets. “We will have no American access to, and return from, low Earth orbit and…

Wall Street protesters approve ‘Declaration of Occupation’

The New York City General Assembly — the decision-making body for the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in lower Manhattan — approved a statement of purpose on Friday amid concerns that the movement lacked a clear message. As corporations enjoy near record profits and Americans face staggering unemployment, protesters have pledged…

Cheney demands apology from Obama for criticism of Bush foreign policy

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is demanding an apology from President Barack Obama for slamming the Bush Administration on foreign policy and not using the phrase ‘war on terror.’ On CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning, host Candy Crowley asked him that given President Obama’s foreign policy accomplishments if…

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