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Taiwan candidate tells U.S. she’s no ‘radical’

Taiwan’s opposition presidential candidate has assured the United States she would not whip up tensions with China if elected but pledged to boost defense spending to counterbalance a rising Beijing. The United States, the primary guarantor of the island’s security, has repeatedly hailed the easing of tensions across the Taiwan…

Republican Bob Turner wins New York special election

Republican Bob Turner defeated Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin in the special election for New York’s 9th Congressional District held on Tuesday. The seat opened in June when popular Democratic incumbent Anthony Weiner resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives after revelations that he was sending X-rated photos of himself…

Gumby attempted robbery suspect surrenders to San Diego police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Gumby’s bandit days appear to be over. A man named Jacob Kiss, 19, told police in San Diego on Tuesday that he is the person who dressed as the green animated character Gumby, entered a California 7-Eleven store this month and had an encounter with the…

Head of free clinic group slams Ron Paul

Nicole Lamoureux, the executive director of the National Association of Free Clinics, said Tuesday it was “absolutely false” that free and charitable clinics could provide for uninsured Americans. During the CNN/Tea party debate on Monday, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) suggested that uninsured Americans would be saved by churches or charities…

Mother sues police for shooting unarmed 14-year-old son to death

A mother has filed a federal lawsuit after her 14-year-old son got into a fight at a school bus stop and was later shot to death by a police officer while the her son was hiding in a shed. The lawsuit, filed by Denys Lopez Moreno against the Northside Independent…

Candidate Mike Williams on possible deportation of partner

Mike Williams, a gay Connecticut congressional candidate, appeared Tuesday on MSNBC to discuss the possible deportation of his Dutch domestic partner at the end of the month. Binational same sex couples still aren’t entitled to immigration rights because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Watch video, courtesy of MSNBC,…

Arizona Supreme Court allows recall of GOP Senate president Russell Pearce

The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the recall election of Russell Pearce, the Republican president of the state Senate, could proceed. The recall election was challenged by a supporter of Pearce, who claimed that the recall drive did not collect enough valid voter signatures because of flawed paperwork.…

Child sex abuse claims mount against Boy Scouts

PORTLAND, Ore/SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Four Oregon men sued the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday for $20 million over childhood sexual abuse they say they suffered at the hands of a pedophile knowingly appointed as their scoutmaster in the 1970s. The four lawsuits, filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court…

North Carolina voters to weigh in on same sex marriage ban

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – North Carolina residents will vote next year on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage after the Senate on Tuesday approved putting the issue on a statewide ballot. The 30-16 vote was enough to reach a three-fifths threshold needed to place an amendment to the…

Chevron checking possible leak in Gulf of Mexico

NEW YORK — US oil group Chevron said Tuesday it had shut down a pipeline off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico to investigate a “potential leak.” “Chevron Pipe Line shut down the Main Pass System this morning to investigate a potential leak,” the company said in…

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