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Michelle Obama’s plane forced to abort a landing

WASHINGTON – An official plane carrying US First Lady Michelle Obama had to abort a landing at an air force base near Washington on Monday due to an air traffic controller’s error, US media reported Tuesday. The aircraft carrying her was too close to a 200-ton military cargo jet and…

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning being moved to Kansas jail‎

WASHINGTON – Bradley Manning, a US serviceman being held for allegedly passing classified documents to WikiLeaks, will be transferred to a military facility in Kansas, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday. The move comes after intense criticism of Manning’s detention conditions in Quantico, Virginia. “At this juncture of the case we…

Wisconsin State Senator Randy Hopper directing callers to adult chat line

A recalled Republican Wisconsin state senator who lives outside his district with a mistress is directing constituents to adult chat lines that welcome callers with the greeting, “Hey there, sexy guy…” Sen. Randy Hopper lists his office number in a quarterly letter as 1-888-736-8729, which leads to a recording telling…

Job center giving superhero capes to the unemployed

Florida’s unemployment agency director has asked for an investigation into a federally funded jobs agency that is giving 6,000 superhero capes to the jobless. Workforce Central Florida spent more than $14,000 on red capes as part of a media campaign to raise awareness of its services, the Orlando Sentinel reported.…

Six-year-old drops gun at Texas school, three hurt

CHICAGO — Three children were hurt after a loaded gun fell out of a six-year-old kindergarten student’s pocket and discharged in the cafeteria of a Texas school, local media reported Tuesday. None of the children was seriously injured and it appears they were grazed by a single bullet and its…

Obama blames speculators for high gasoline prices

ANNANDALE, Virginia — US President Barack Obama blamed oil “speculators” on Tuesday for soaring gasoline prices that risk weighing down the US recovery and could dampen his 2012 election hopes. “It is true that a lot of what’s driving oil prices up right now is not the lack of supply.…

Gov. Walker planning ‘financial martial law’ in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is reportedly following the lead of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) by preparing a plan that would allow him to possibly take over municipalities that don’t pass a financial stress test. “[T]he Walker legislation would empower the governor to insert a financial manager of his…

FBI investigation of SC beating could be first case under Shepard Act

Local and federal law enforcement are probing the beating of an openly gay man in Rock Hill, South Carolina, officials confirmed to Raw Story Tuesday. The FBI and the York County Sheriff’s office are examining video that shows Joshua Esskew, an openly gay 19-year-old man, being beaten on April 9.…

Mansion linked to “The Great Gatsby” demolished

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bulldozers have razed a storied mansion where F. Scott Fitzgerald partied and which some say inspired his classic 1925 novel “The Great Gatsby” The Colonial Revival-style Lands End mansion was built in the early 20th century in Sands Point, New York, overlooking the waters of Long…

Koran-burning pastor plans ‘armed’ Michigan rally, prosecutor files to stop him

DETROIT (Reuters) – A Detroit prosecutor has filed a petition in district court to stop a Florida fundamentalist Christian preacher, who recently caused riots in Afghanistan after he burned a Koran, from holding a rally outside a large Michigan mosque. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said the threat of violence…

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