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Obama’s uncle arrested outside Boston for drunk driving

BOSTON (Reuters) – A relative of President Barack Obama was arrested last week outside Boston on charges of drunk driving, a spokesman for his lawyer said on Monday. Onyango Obama, 67, of Framingham, Massachusetts, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, failure…

GOP Rep. Gibson confronted at town hall over anti-tax pledge

Congressman Chris Gibson, a Republican who represents New York’s 20th District, was confronted by one of his constituents last week for signing Grover Norquist’s pledge to not raise tax rates. “You didn’t sign this on my behalf,” she said. “We’re your constituents, not Grover Norquist.” Grover’s anti-tax pledge has been…

Anti-gay GOP candidate likely to face lesbian opponent in U.S. Senate race

Former Republican Congressman Mark Neumann announced Monday he was running for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Wisconsin Democrat Herb Kohl, according to the The Associated Press, making him the first to officially announce his candidacy in the 2012 race. Neumann lost a Senate bid to Russ Feingold in…

Unethical U.S. research killed 83 in Guatemala: panel

WASHINGTON — At least 83 people died as human guinea pigs in macabre US research on sexually transmitted diseases in Guatemala in the 1940s, a commission ordered by President Barack Obama concluded Monday. Nearly 5,500 people were subjected to diagnostic testing and more than 1,300 were exposed to venereal diseases…

Chicago Catholic church to expose abusive priests

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago’s Catholic archdiocese will allow dozens of former priests accused of child sexual abuse to be identified as part of a settlement that moves the church closer to naming all offending clergy, a lawyer for abuse victims said on Monday. The undisclosed financial settlement with the nation’s…

Burning Man festival celebrates 25th anniversary

SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) – Starting on Monday tens of thousands of people will descend on a great expanse of Nevada desert to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Burning Man, a gathering of free spirits, artists, entrepreneurs — and anyone else who managed to get a ticket. Several thousand…

Judge blocks tough Alabama immigration law

MIAMI — A judge blocked a new immigration law in the southern US state of Alabama Monday after the measure, attacked as draconian and intrusive, was challenged by President Barack Obama’s administration. “US District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn has decided to block Alabama’s new immigration law, temporarily until September 29,…

Hiker killed by grizzly bear in Yellowstone

LOS ANGELES — A 59-year-old American man has died after being mauled by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park, officials said Monday. Officials identified the man as John Wallace of Michigan and said he was camping alone in the vast park in Wyoming. His body was found Friday. “Results…

Obama remembers Katrina, after Hurricane Irene

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama paid tribute Monday to the grit of the people of the US Gulf Coast, exactly six years after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore and inundated New Orleans. After a weekend in which Hurricane Irene tore up the US east coast, the president argued that federal disaster…

Time Warner profits from Guy Fawkes masks worn at ‘Anonymous’ protests

Some of the profits from the Guy Fawkes masks frequently worn by members of the hacktivist collective “Anonymous” go to one of the largest media companies in the world. The mask was first popularized by the 2006 film “V for Vendetta,” where it was worn by a vigilante fighting against…

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