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New South Dakota law mandates three-day wait before abortions

The Republican Governor of South Dakota signed a bill into law Tuesday, formally mandating that women in the state wait three days and visit with anti-abortion activists before undergoing a medical procedure to terminate a pregnancy. With Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s signature, South Dakota claims the title of having the longest…

Exclusive: Same sex marriage prevents Argentinian woman’s deportation

A New York woman who immigrated from Argentina scored a court victory Tuesday with her wife in their efforts to halt deportation proceedings against her. Government lawyers have agreed not to deport Monica Alcota, a citizen of Argentina, while her wife, Cristina Ojeda, proceeds with a green card petition on…

AT&T’s buyout of T-Mobile faces steep regulatory hurdles

NEW YORK (AFP) – AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA is going to be put under a microscope by US anti-trust authorities but the telecom giant is certain it will stand up to examination. “We’re very confident it will be approved,” AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson said Monday of…

Appeals court reinstates suit against US gov’t. warrantless wiretapping program

The Bush Administration’s contention that Americans couldn’t challenge its warrantless wiretapping law because no one could prove they were spied upon was thrown out by an appeals court Monday afternoon, allowing a challenge of the program’s constitutionality to proceed. In a unanimous decision, judges on the Second Circuit Court of…

Kucinich pushes to block funds for Libya intervention

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on Tuesday announced that he will offer a measure to deny funds to the Obama administration for military attacks against Libya aimed at protecting civilians and ousting tyrant Muammar Gaddafi. “I intend to offer an amendment to the forthcoming Continuing Resolution or Omnibus Appropriations…

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.”…

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