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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…

Verizon prepares fees for mobile users who download too much information

Verizon Wireless on Tuesday became the latest U.S. mobile data carrier to announce that it would implement usage-based pricing for Internet access, claiming the new fees would mean light users no longer “subsidize” those who rely on the company’s current unlimited data plans. Though the company currently offers a $30-per-month…

White supremacist David Duke moves toward presidential run

Another Republican is itching to jump into the 2012 presidential race. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is launching a 25 state tour to drum up support for a presidential run, according to the The Daily Beast. While the presidential hopeful claims his views have evolved, he recently described…

NYC pet stores ban drunk people from purchasing puppies

Pet stores in New York City’s West Village are taking measures to stop drunk people from buying and handling puppies, NYC news site DNAinfo reported Tuesday. Fernanda Moritz, manager of a store called Le Petite Puppy, said the store has a new rule that passers-by may not buy or hold…

Army’s $2.7 billion cloud computing system does not work

By Robert Johnson The U.S. Army’s $2.7 billion dollar cloud based computer supposed to be helping troops in Afghanistan and Iraq doesn’t work and may be doing more harm than good. Several analysts told Politico that the system “…has hurt, rather than helped, efforts to fight insurgents because it doesn’t work…

Lawyers: Protect IP Act would align U.S. Internet policy with ‘repressive regimes’

A group of Internet and intellectual property law professors have penned a letter to congressional lawmakers in opposition to the Protect IP Act, which would give the government sweeping new powers to take websites offline, censor search engines and sue Internet publishers accused of infringing activities. In the letter, they…

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