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Federal judge refuses stay of Georgia execution

ATLANTA (Reuters) A federal judge refused late on Tuesday to issue a stay of execution for a man who claimed Georgia’s supply of lethal injection drug sodium thiopental has “almost certainly” expired, meaning he would be subjected to an unnecessarily painful death. In his ruling, Judge Timothy C. Batten held…

Coca-Cola’s secret recipe finally spills out into public

National Public Radio’s “This American Life” has uncovered something that may as well have been a state secret: a photo of the original recipe for Coca-Cola. True to legend, the original recipe called for cocaine. This video is from Al Jazeera, broadcast Feb. 15, 2011.…

US book chain Borders files for bankruptcy

WASHINGTON — US bookstore chain Borders announced Wednesday that it has filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors so that it can reorganize and re-emerge as “a stronger and more vibrant book seller.” “It has become increasingly clear that in light of the environment of curtailed customer spending, our ongoing…

Pelosi responds to Boehner’s ‘so be it’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rebukes House Speaker John Boehner for saying that if federal jobs were to be lost as a result of budget cuts, “so be it”. This video is from CBS News, uploaded on February 15, 2011.…

Veterans sue Pentagon over rape cases

More than a dozen female US veterans are suing the Pentagon in a bid to change the way the military handles rape and sexual assault allegations. This video is from The Associated Press, uploaded to YouTube on February 15, 2011.…

US customs agent shot dead in Mexico

WASHINGTON – A US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was shot and killed “in the line of duty” in Mexico and a second was wounded in the attack by “unknown assailants,” a top US official said. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she was “deeply saddened by the news” that…

NATO chief Petraeus to leave post by end of year: report

LONDON – US war commander General David Petraeus will leave his post as chief of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan before the end of the year, the Times newspaper reported Wednesday. US President Barack Obama plans to replace Petraeus, who was only appointed eight months ago, as part of…

Senate votes for short-term extension of PATRIOT Act provisions

The US Senate voted Tuesday to extend three controversial provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act until May 27. The vote came a day after the House passed a 10-month extension of the same USA PATRIOT Act provisions that were set to expire at the end of February. The Senate passed…

Thousands of Wisconsin union workers protest budget plan

MADISON, Wisconsin – More than 10,000 union public employees and supporters packed the Capitol Square and the inside of the statehouse on Tuesday to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s budget plan to strip many bargaining rights from state and local government workers. Republicans legislators hope to get the bill, announced by…

Rep. Peter King introduces anti-WikiLeaks legislation

Legislation aimed at helping the United States prosecute WikiLeaks and other sources of leaked information was introduced to the House of Representatives by Rep. Peter King (R-NY) Tuesday. “Julian Assange and his associates who have operated and supported WikiLeaks not only damaged US national security with their releases of classified…

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