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Prosecutors to drop all charges against ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn: report

NEW YORK — Prosecutors are poised to drop all sex assault charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the coming weeks due to doubts about his accuser’s credibility, US media reported Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal cited officials familiar with the case who said prosecutors seem to be on…

Dalai Lama to meet with top members of Congress

WASHINGTON — The Dalai Lama on Tuesday opened a visit to Washington to deliver mass spiritual teachings, with a legislative aide saying the Tibetan spiritual leader will meet top members of the US Congress. The revered Buddhist monk, who will celebrate his 76th birthday on Wednesday, was cheered on by…

Senate abandons authorization of Libya conflict

WASHINGTON — The polarized US Senate hastily abandoned plans to vote Tuesday on a symbolic resolution authorizing the US role in Libya after a Republican insurrection to demand action on the country’s debt woes. “We’ve agreed, notwithstanding the broad support for the Libyan resolution, the most important thing for us…

Federal appeals court halts forced medication of Jared Lee Loughner

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday halted the forced medication of Jared Lee Loughner, the young man on trial for the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others, until a panel can hear arguments from his lawyers and prosecutors, CNN reported. Loughner’s defense attorney, Judy Clark, filed…

WATCH LIVE: President Obama addresses deficit reduction at the White House

Watch live as President Obama addresses the White House press corps about the deficit reduction, courtesy of MSNBC: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Rep. Tammy Baldwin ‘likely’ to run for U.S. Senate seat

Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin (D) said she is likely to run for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), making her possibility the first openly gay member of the Senate. Seventy-six-year old Kohl announced in May that he would not seek reelection to a fifth…

Bank of America bond-holders challenge subprime mortgage settlement

NEW YORK — A group of bond-holders on Tuesday challenged Bank of America’s record $8.5 billion settlement for losses on mortgage-backed securities, clouding its efforts to move past the subprime mortgage mess. The proposed settlement was marred by “serious conflicts of interest” and “would extinguish the legal rights of hundreds…

Exclusive: After arrests, Orlando activists feed homeless at City Hall

A group of Orlando activists with the organization Food Not Bombs figured out a clever way to avoid arrest while still feeding the city’s homeless population on public grounds: host their event at City Hall. Members of the group had previously been arrested during a food sharing event at the…

Casey Anthony found not guilty of murder

ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) – A Florida jury on Tuesday found Casey Anthony not guilty of murder in the June 16, 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The defense had argued that Caylee died in an accidental drowning. Jurors deliberated nearly 11 hours over two days. The jury also found…

Study confirms dark-skinned women get longer prison sentences

A recent study of females convicted of crimes showed a disheartening correlation that would confirm accusations of racial injustice in the legal system: The lighter a convict’s skin, the shorter their prison sentence tends to be, and the less time they serve. Researchers at Villanova University examined the records of…

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