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Federal judge blocks South Dakota abortion law

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday blocked a new South Dakota abortion law requiring the longest waiting period in the nation at 72-hours and a meeting at an anti-abortion counseling center before a woman can have the procedure. The ruling on the South Dakota law, which was to…

Attorney: DA has evidence Strauss-Kahn bruised maid’s vagina

The attorney for the maid allegedly raped by Dominique Strauss-Kahn surprised experts with a half-hour press conference Friday after The New York Times reported that his client had lied to prosecutors. Kenneth Thompson said that the New York County District Attorney had an “obligation” to prosecute Strauss-Kahn because the physical…

Gingrich tries to hire ‘The Office’s Dwight Schrute to rehabilitate campaign

Facing continued fallout from Tiffany’s purchases and staff resignations, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich tried to generate some positive buzz Thursday by offering a job to fictional character Dwight Schrute. Actor Rainn Wilson, who plays Schrute on NBC’s popular comedy “The Office,” used Twitter to jokingly apply for a job…

Texas Republicans fail to vote on anti-TSA bill

Just as it looked likely to pass, the Texas Legislature failed this week to take a vote on a bill that would criminalize Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents if they touch the genitals of passengers during security pat-downs. The bill’s original configuration was enough to draw a warning from one…

Strauss-Kahn released without bail

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released without bail at a New York court hearing for his sexual assault case on Friday. At a hearing to seek changes to his bail conditions, prosecutors said the credibility of the hotel maid at the center of the case…

Federal ‘clarification’ on medical marijuana not a change in policy

A memo meant to clarify the Department of Justice (DoJ) position on how federal authorities should treat medical marijuana does not reflect any substantive change in policy from prior administrations, despite some reports to the contrary. The “clarification” was apparently needed after a prior “clarification” in 2009 gave many the…

Fire at Nebraska nuke plant injures worker

A fire yesterday at an embattled Nebraska nuclear plant sent one worker to the hospital with severe burns, according to reports from local media. The Omaha World-Herald reported that the incident occurred around 2 p.m. yesterday outside a security building on the grounds of the Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant, but…

Could airport x-ray scanners some day cause more deaths than terrorism?

Thursday night’s Thom Hartmann show on Russia Today looked at the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) use of x-ray “porno scanners” that see under passengers’ clothing to check for weapons or explosives, and Raw Story was invited on the program to discuss the latest news. The TSA’s official workers’ union said…

Olbermann: Beck was like a failed doomsday prophet

Current’s Keith Olbermann celebrated Glenn Beck’s Thursday departure from Fox News by explaining why he likened the host to the character of Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes, who was play by Andy Griffith in the 1957 movie “A Face in the Crowd.” Rhodes, an adviser for a conservative presidential candidate, was destroyed…

Cyber attacks outpace global response, U.S. warns

VIENNA (Reuters) – The technical sophistication of cybercriminals is swamping the world’s ability to cope, a top U.S. official warned on Friday, demanding an accelerated cross-border campaign to combat the security threat. “Most countries don’t even have a legal framework that really governs cyber. It is such a new phenomenon in…

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