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Jail or church? Some Alabama offenders will get to choose

MOBILE, Ala (Reuters) – Starting on Monday, nonviolent offenders in Bay Minette, Alabama, will get to choose whether to serve their sentence in a jail cell or a church pew. Municipal Judge Bayless E. Biles is launching “Operation Restore Our Community,” intended to function not only as a diversion program…

Muslim students get probation for disrupting Israeli ambassador’s speech

SANTA ANA, Calif (Reuters) – Ten Muslim college students in California were convicted and sentenced to probation on Friday for disrupting a speech at their university by Israel’s ambassador to the United States. The students, whose case touched off a furor over free speech rights at the University of California…

Feinstein campaign sues bank, ex-treasurer over missing funds

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Senator Dianne Feinstein’s campaign sued its former treasurer and the First California Bank on Friday, seeking the return of millions of dollars in missing funds the campaign believes were embezzled. Campaign officials said the action came after the bank failed to provide the campaign access to…

Maher, Moore defend Tony Bennett’s 9/11 comments

Two people who aren’t afraid to agree with Tony Bennett’s controversial comments about 9/11 are Bill Maher and Michael Moore. Harking back on their own experiences of getting condemned for provocative statements, both Maher and Moore defended the singer’s 9/11 comments on Real Time Friday evening. In reaction to panel…

Maher, Moore defend Tony Bennett’s 9/11 comments

Two people who aren’t afraid to agree with Tony Bennett’s controversial comments about 9/11 are Bill Maher and Michael Moore. Harking back on their own experiences of getting condemned for provocative statements, both Maher and Moore defended the singer’s 9/11 comments on Real Time Friday evening. In reaction to panel…

Woman wins court order against 1972 Idaho abortion law

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – An Idaho woman prosecuted for terminating her own pregnancy with abortion pills she ordered online won a temporary court order on Friday barring enforcement of the decades-old law under which she was charged. But the federal judge in the case also rebuffed her separate bid to…

Two-thirds of Americans perk up with coffee: survey

(Reuters) – Two-thirds of Americans drink coffee, and many gulp down their first cup within an hour of awakening, according to a survey released on Thursday. On average, the 65 percent of Americans who drink coffee each consume an average of 13 cups of coffee per week, and three out…

Kansas firm recalls cantaloupe linked to Listeria outbreak

(Reuters) – A Kansas-based food processor recalled hundreds of pounds of fresh-cut cantaloupe on Friday because of possible Listeria contamination linked to melons from Colorado that were blamed for an outbreak that has killed eight people. Carol’s Cuts was recalling 594 pounds of cantaloupe packaged in 5-pound trays and as…

Loughner attorneys seek another block on anti-psychotic drugs

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Lawyers for Tucson shooting rampage suspect Jared Loughner filed an emergency petition on Friday with a federal judge who already has twice refused similar requests, asking him again to halt the forcible medication of their client with anti-psychotic drugs. In a 28-page filing, Loughner’s defense team urged…

Olbermann guest asks where the GOP candidates are ‘who are going to stand up to the mob’

Current TV’s Keith Olbermann spoke on Friday with journalist Craig Crawford about the extremism on display at the most recent GOP presidential candidate debate. “Where are the leaders of the party who are going to stand up to the mob?” Crawford asked. “Come November [2012], they’re going to have to…

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