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Georgia court suspends anti-immigration law

ATLANTA, Georgia — A federal judge has blocked an immigration bill in the southern US state of Georgia which would have allowed law enforcement officials to verify the migratory status of suspects stopped even for a minor traffic offense. US District Judge Thomas Thrash’s 45-page ruling Monday determined that the…

Senator Sanders tells Obama: Don’t let Republicans blackmail you again

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont called on President Barack Obama to stand up for the middle class by not compromising with Republicans on the national budget. “At a time when the richest people and the largest corporations in our country are doing phenomenally well, and, in many cases, have…

New Jersey police misuse and abuse informants: ACLU report

The use of confidential informants by New Jersey police leads to violations of civilians’ rights and botched investigations thanks to inconsistent polices and insufficient oversight, according to a study by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project. The report (PDF) found that some…

TSA denies telling elderly woman to remove adult diaper

The Transportation Security Administration has denied claims that its security officers at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport told a wheelchair-bound 95-year-old woman to remove her adult diaper during a pat down search. “While every person and item must be screened before entering the secure boarding area, TSA works with passengers…

Blagojevich guilty of trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat

Former Democratic Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty on 17 of 20 counts Monday, including trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. Prosecutors broke down the former governor’s case into five shakedown schemes, telling a mostly female jury that he was motivated by his…

Wisconsin cuts Planned Parenthood, denying 12,000 women needed care

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) signed a $66 billion budget yesterday that reduced funding for education and health care, cutting off all state and federal funding for nine Planned Parenthood clinics state-wide. Loss of the clinics, which provide preventative health screenings, reproductive education and abortion services, will leave over 12,000…

Microsoft patent application opens door to spying on Skype

A U.S. patent application filed by Microsoft in 2009 specifically mentions “Skype” and “Skype-like applications” as being likely candidates for software that would give government spies easy, official access to any and all communications, public documents show. While back doors in software for “legal intercepts” are not uncommon in the…

Peanut-free sections in baseball stadiums welcome allergic fans

BOSTON (Reuters) – For five hours before a Missoula Osprey minor league baseball game last summer, Cheri Pijanowski hand washed 150 white folding chairs with bleach and water. The metal deck and rails around the seats were power-washed and she meticulously reviewed the concession menu to eliminate not just Cracker…

Blagojevich jury has verdict, deadlocked on two counts: attorney

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The jury in the second corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich said on Monday it had reached a verdict on 18 of 20 counts, the court clerk and spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office said. The verdict will be announced between 1 and 2 p.m.…

Pat Robertson warns God will destroy America over same sex marriage

Television evangelist Pat Robertson responded to New York’s decision to legalize same sex marriage by warning Monday that the result would be America’s destruction. “I think we need to remember the term sodomy came from a town known as Sodom and Sodom was destroyed by God Almighty and the thing…

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