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Appeals court blocks parts of Alabama immigration law

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court Friday temporarily blocked Alabama from enforcing part of its tough new law cracking down on illegal immigrants but allowed some disputed portions to remain in effect. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, granted the Obama administration…

Senate panel to vote on bill to repeal DOMA

by On Top Magazine Patrick Leahy on Friday announced that there would be a vote on a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Friday announced that the committee has scheduled a vote for a…

Walmart heiress spends birthday in jail for DWI

The daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton spent the final hours of her birthday in jail Friday night after being arrested for drunk driving. Texas Highway Patrol Senior Trooper Gary Rozzell told The Weatherford Democrat that Trooper Jeff Davis stopped Alice Walton on Interstate 20 in a construction zone for…

‘Rapture’ preacher makes fourth end-of-the-world forecast

In an recent audio message, Family Radio’s Harold Camping told his followers that the end of the world will “probably” happen on Oct. 21. Camping has wrongly predicted the Rapture on at least three occasions, in 1992, 1994 and on May 21 of this year. “I do believe we are…

Anita Perry: GOP attacking husband ‘because of his faith’

Texas First Lady Anita Perry says that her husband is being persecuted by the media and the Republican establishment “because of his faith.” “It’s been a rough month,” Anita Perry told supporters at North Greenville University Thursday. “We’ve been brutalized, eaten up and chewed up in the press.” “After Rick…

U.S. to let BP bid on Gulf of Mexico leases

NEW YORK — The United States said it will allow British oil giant BP to bid on new oil-drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico due to go on sale later this year, less than two years after a devastating spill. US offshore safety chief Michael Bromwich told lawmakers that…

New York City Councilmembers urge Bloomberg not to evict ‘Occupy Wall Street’

Thirteen members of the New York City Council on Thursday urged Mayor Michael Bloomberg to allow the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters to remain camped out at Zuccotti Park. “We are writing to appeal to your not to enforce new rules at Liberty Plaza that would effectively evict the Occupy Wall…

Al Gore ‘cheers’ Wall Street protesters

WASHINGTON — Former US vice president turned climate-change activist Al Gore threw his support behind Occupy Wall Street on Thursday, calling it a first step towards fixing a democracy in crisis. “From the economy to the climate crisis, our leaders have pursued solutions that are not solving our problems. Instead…

California shooter targeted ex-wife: report

LOS ANGELES — A gunman accused of killing eight people in a California hair salon was in a bitter custody battle with his ex-wife, who was among the dead, reports said Thursday as details of the carnage emerged. Police said Scott Dekraai, 42, “knew his intended victim” when he opened…

Protesters disrupt hearing on U.S. defense spending

WASHINGTON — Protesters disrupted a congressional hearing Thursday on US defense spending, with one demonstrator shouting “You are murdering people!” as police dragged him out of the room. Eight people were arrested, said Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider, including seven for disruption of Congress and one for simple assault. Stop…

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