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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…

Santorum accuses Obama of creating ‘only 240 million jobs’

CNN host Ali Velshi gave Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum some math advice Tuesday after the former Pennsylvania senator claimed President Barack Obama’s stimulus had resulted in 30 million fewer jobs. “[Obama] passed a huge stimulus package that now we know, over the past two quarters, has actually cost American…

Herman Cain: ‘You don’t need foreign policy experience to know who your friends are and who your enemies are’

Republican presidential hopeful and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain appeared on NBC’s “Today” and defended his lack of foreign policy experience. He claimed he would get up to speed before taking office, if elected. “You don’t need foreign policy experience to know who your friends are and who your…

Entire police force laid off in small Texas town

Crime is on the rise in one small Texas city because the police department has been padlocked and the officers sent home. The city of Alto laid off its entire police force about two weeks ago because the city council completely cut the department’s budget. “They put a bulls-eye target…

For Washington, debt deal not far out of reach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – You would never know it from all the hot air rising out of Washington, but President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans could easily reach a deal to raise the debt limit and avoid an early August default. Before talks hit a brick wall last weekend, negotiators were tantalizingly close to a $2…

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