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Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard says he was sexually assaulted by coach

LOS ANGELES — Former US Olympic gold medalist Sugar Ray Leonard says he was sexually assaulted by an ex-American Olympic team coach. Leonard, who won a gold medal in the 1976 Montreal Games and went on to have a brilliant pro career, made the accusations in a new tell-all book…

Olbermann says he didn’t get permission from MSNBC to reuse ‘Countdown’ name

Keith Olbermann is taking his nightly “Countdown” news show to Current in June, but he told CBS’ David Letterman Wednesday that MSNBC had not given him permission to reuse the name. Watch this video from CBS’ Late Show, broadcast May 18, 2011.…

Afghan dies in apparent suicide at Guantanamo

MIAMI — A 37-year old Afghan detainee died at Guantanamo Bay in an apparent suicide, the US military said in a statement. The man, identified by one name, Inayatullah, was an admitted planner for Al-Qaeda terrorist operations, according to the Southern Command. He arrived in Guantanamo in September 2007. Inayatullah…

IMF chief resigns, vows to prove innocence

NEW YORK (AFP) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned Thursday as head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), saying he did so with great regret but must focus entirely on clearing his name of sexual assault charges. The move came after escalating pressure on the IMF to chart a course through the…

Unintended pregnancies cost public $11 billion a year: studies

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Studies released by a reproductive rights research group on Thursday show that unintended pregnancies cost U.S. taxpayers about $11 billion a year. Two studies by the New York-based Guttmacher Institute looked at the public costs of unintended pregnancies. A third study looked at unintended pregnancy rates at…

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords recovering after skull operation

LOS ANGELES — US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords, who was almost killed in a horrific shooting in January, is recovering well after an operation to replace part of her skull, doctors said. The Arizona lawmaker underwent a cranioplasty to replace the part of her cranium removed to allow space for her…

YouTube launches online ‘Town Hall’ website

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube on Wednesday launched a “Town Hall” website at which US congressional leaders address issues in brief videos and viewers get to show which positions they support. Republicans monopolized top slots in a “leaderboard” at the online forum for debating topics from energy and debt to health…

Senator Mark Kirk: End probe of CIA interrogators accused of torture

Republican Senator Mark Kirk (IL) says that President Barack Obama should announce the end of the Justice Department’s “unwarranted” investigation of CIA interrogators when he visits their headquarters on Friday “These Americans did their jobs at the direction of the President of the United States and this politically motivated investigation…

84-year-old man allegedly beaten by police officer after calling 911

An Alabama police officer allegedly hospitalized an elderly man who called 911 to report an accident across the street from his house while his wife watched the entire beating from her wheelchair. The Courthouse News Service reported that 84-year-old Dorsey Henderson of Fairhope, Alabama called 911 after investigating the car…

Republican senators accuse Obama of violating war powers

WASHINGTON — In a challenge to President Barack Obama’s handling of the conflict in Libya, a group of US senators accused him Wednesday of violating a 1973 law aimed at curtailing the White House’s war powers. Conservative Republicans Rand Paul, Jim DeMint, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, Tom Coburn, and John…

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