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McCaskill fails to pay $287K in taxes on ‘damn plane’

In a quickly arranged conference call with reporters Monday, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) admitted that she had failed to pay $287,283 in personal property taxes on a private plane. McCaskill said that she would immediately send a check to St. Louis County to cover the back taxes not paid between…

Couple sues videographer over terrible wedding video

When Martin and Heidi Shubrook hired Clayton Bennett to film their wedding, they expected to be able to watch Heidi walk down the aisle, to relive the cake-cutting and to see themselves emerge from the church a happy couple. Instead, they got shots of guests’ feet, the backs of people’s…

Bribe-taking federal attorney jailed for 18 years

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A federal attorney who took nearly $500,000 in bribes from immigrants seeking to remain in the United States has been jailed for almost 18 years, authorities said on Monday. United States District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr sentenced Immigration and Customs Enforcement Assistant Chief Counsel Constantine…

“South Park” creators hit Broadway with Mormon musical

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It’s sprinkled with jokes about Mormons discriminating against black people and repressed gay longings, but the creators of a new musical about Mormons say it won’t attract the sort of religious controversy they are famous for. One of the most anticipated musicals this Broadway season, “The…

Top 6 initiatives House Republicans prioritized over job creation

WASHINGTON – Republicans won dramatic victories last November by promising to mitigate high unemployment. “This coming election is about one issue: jobs,” to-be Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said weeks before election day. “It’s about jobs that were promised to the American people by the current administration, and were never delivered.”…

Man arrested in hacker stock fraud scheme

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US authorities Monday arrested and charged a Texas man accused of masterminding a scheme using a Russian hacker and an email spam campaign to pump up the value of fledgling companies, the Justice Department said. Christopher Rad, 42, of Cedar Park, Texas, was arrested by FBI agents…

Electrocuted man gets new face

BOSTON (AFP) – A young man horrifically injured by an electric shock while working in a cherry picker has successfully received the United States’ first full face transplant, a Boston hospital said Monday. Dallas Wiens, 25, can look forward to a new life with a donated face attached last week…

US tells states to protect rights of people with AIDS

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US government on Monday ordered US states and territories to ensure occupational trade schools and licensing agencies don’t discriminate against applicants who have HIV or AIDS. The Department of Justice (DOJ) sent letters to the states after learning that applicants were being denied admission to public…

Judge orders Loughner mental evaluation in Missouri

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday ordered Jared Lee Loughner, the college dropout charged in January’s Arizona shooting rampage, to undergo a mental evaluation in Missouri to see if he is competent to stand trial. Federal prosecutors earlier this month asked for Loughner to receive an evaluation. U.S.…

U.S. fighter jet crashes in rebel-held Libya

LONDON (Reuters) – A U.S. Air Force F-15E fighter jet crashed in Libya overnight after apparent mechanical failure but its crew were safe, a spokesman for the U.S. military Africa Command said on Tuesday. Libyan rebels rescued the pilot after he ejected from the warplane which came down near the…

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