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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…

U.S. plans more nuclear inspections after Japan crisis

WASHINGTON – U.S. nuclear regulators are launching additional inspections and considering a 90-day review of the country’s 104 nuclear reactors in the wake of Japan’s nuclear crisis, officials said on Monday. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission met on Monday to discuss how to respond to the disaster at the Fukushima…

Lawrence O’Donnell: Liberals outraged over Libya action

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell cited Raw Story’s exclusive interview with Rep. Dennis Kucinich in a segment about liberals who don’t support President Barack Obama’s military involvement with Libya. This video is from MSNBC’s The Last Word, broadcast March 21, 2011. Watch this video on iPhone/iPad…

Arizona Senate President tells Tea Party: You are not US citizens

Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce (R) claimed last week that Americans are not citizens of the United States but citizens of their respective states. “Most of us weren’t around when the Constitution was written,” Pearce said during his speech at an Oceanside Tea Party rally. “But you remember we…

Former governor Pawlenty eyes 2012 Obama fight

WASHINGTON – Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, announced Monday he was formally exploring a 2012 challenge to President Barack Obama. “We have a great country, but we’re headed in the wrong direction. We need a real debate with President Obama, so the American people can decide how to…

US tells states to protect rights of people with AIDS

WASHINGTON – 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 and…

Rep. Ron Paul wins another Republican presidential straw poll

Texas Congressman Ron Paul beat out top Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in a straw poll for the second time this year. Nearly 18 percent of Republicans voted for Rep. Paul in the straw poll conducted at a GOP Convention in Sacramento on Saturday. He was followed…

US appeals court reinstates wiretap abuse lawsuit

WASHINGTON – An appeals court Monday reinstated a lawsuit challenging a law giving the US government broad authority in electronic wiretapping and monitoring of overseas calls and emails in probing suspected terrorism. The US Court of Appeals in New York said the suit by civil liberties activists can proceed, reversing…

US says goal is to get Gaddafi to step down

SANTIAGO – The United States Monday sent mixed messages about its objectives in Libya, as President Barack Obama said Moamer Kadhafi must go, but vowed US forces would stick to a narrower UN mandate. “Our military action is in support of an international mandate from the Security Council that specifically…

Youth pastor sexually exploited teens to ‘help them gain purity’

A former youth pastor arrested in Iowa on 60 counts of suspicion of sexual exploitation allegedly told teenage boys he was trying to help them gain “sexual purity in the eyes of God.” Thirty-one-year-old Brent Girouex, a former youth pastor at Victory Fellowship Church in Council Bluffs, turned himself in…

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