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6.1 quake rattles Alaska peninsula

WASHINGTON — A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Alaskan peninsula Saturday some 600 miles (970 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage, the US Geological Survey said. The temblor struck at 1959 GMT, with the epicenter near Sand Point, Alaska, on an island in the North Pacific just off the Alaska Peninsula,…

Harry Potter film shatters more box office records

LOS ANGELES — “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” broke single-day box office records with a whopping $92.1 million in opening day sales, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations. The eighth film in the Harry Potter series eclipsed 2009′s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which previously held…

Casey Anthony released from jail after child murder acquittal

MIAMI — Casey Anthony, a young woman who spent nearly three years in jail on suspicion of killing her toddler daughter, was released early Sunday after a jury found her not guily of murder, authorities said. Anthony had been in jail since October 2008. She was acquitted of murdering her…

Obama, lawmakers press ahead on elusive debt deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and congressional leaders pressed ahead with private talks on deficit reduction on Saturday, seeking an as-yet-elusive way to lift the debt ceiling and avoid a U.S. default next month. Congress must raise the $14.3 trillion limit on U.S. borrowing by August 2 or the…

Light traffic in L.A. despite ‘Carmageddon’ predictions

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles freeway shutdown dubbed “Carmageddon” that city leaders have warned about for weeks failed to slow morning traffic in the region on Saturday, but officials remained cautious. The unprecedented weekend shutdown of a 10-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway could, in a worst-case scenario,…

SF jury acquits man who forgot mushrooms were in his backpack

On Friday, a jury in San Francisco found a man not guilty of possession of psilocybin mushrooms on the grounds that he had forgotten they were in his backpack, and therefore could not knowingly be in possession. The argument was made by Deputy Public Defender Kimberly Lutes-Koths, who took on…

CA prisoners reject state offer as inmate hunger strike enters 3rd week

Relatives and supporters of the thousands of reported hunger striking California prisoners warn that some inmates are “getting sicker and weaker, with some nearing severe dehydration”, according to Southern California Public Radio. The inmates began refusing food on July 1 to protest overcrowding and harsh conditions inside the state’s prisons.…

Ron Paul expands TV ad campaign to Nevada

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is expanding his TV advertising campaign in early caucus and primary states, ABC News’ Jason Volack reported. The 65-second “Conviction” ad that began airing in Iowa and New Hampshire on Friday will extend to Nevada on Monday. “Nevada is a key constituency with…

Gunman in Afghan army gear kills NATO soldier

KABUL — A man wearing an Afghan army uniform killed a NATO soldier in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. The incident was the latest in a string of attacks on Western troops by men dressed in the uniform of local security forces, although…

Court rejects harsh federal sentencing guideline for Ecstasy

U.S. District Court Judge William H. Pauley III on Friday rejected the federal sentencing guideline for MDMA, or Ecstasy, ruling that the guideline was based on outdated science and punished ecstasy-related crimes far too harshly than was justified. Ecstasy has been used by 14.2 million people in the United States…

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