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City changes rules after police watch man drown

LOS ANGELES — A US city fire chief ordered an immediate policy change Wednesday after emergency workers stood by for an hour as a reportedly suicidal man drowned himself off a San Francisco beach. Michael D’Orazi, interim fire chief in the city of Alameda, said 57-year-old Raymond Zack’s death on…

No ‘hacking’ necessary to post lewd ‘Weinergate’ photo on Twitter

It was not necessary to hack into Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account to post a lewd photo, thanks to a feature on the picture hosting site yFrog.com. In an incident that has come to be known as “Weinergate,” the Twitter account of the New York congressman sent a racy photo…

Courts slow to indict military contractors accused of bribery

For proof that the wheels of justice turn slowly for private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, and sometimes bog down all together, look no further than the indictment this week of George H. Lee, American businessman. A federal grand jury indicted Lee on charges that he allegedly paid bribes to…

Alaska to finally publish Sarah Palin’s emails after lengthy delay

LOS ANGELES — Thousands of emails written by Sarah Palin as Alaska governor are to be published, although parts of the possible White House candidate’s exchanges will be censored, reports said Wednesday. The more than 24,000 pages of emails are being released as part of Alaska’s disclosure laws, but 2,415…

Ex-hacker has ‘no regrets’ over turning in WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning

The former hacker who turned in intelligence analyst Bradley Manning on suspicion of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks said he has no regrets about his decision. “Sometimes you need to consider the good of the many versus the good of the one,” Adrian Lamo told CNET. “He’s not the Rosenbergs.…

Illinois Republican Senator Kyle McCarter allegedly punched by Democrat Mike Jacob

A Republican lawmaker claimed that his Democratic colleague punched him Tuesday on the floor of the Illinois Senate. In a statement released June 1, Sen. Kyle McCarter said he was punched by Sen. Mike Jacobs during a debate on Senate Bill 1652, after he called attention to the fact that…

Chicago House Authority plans drug screenings for all residents

The Chicago Housing Authority has floated the idea of forcing all current and prospective residents of public housing property over the age of 18 to undergo mandatory drug testing. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the measure is among several proposed changes to CHA’s Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy. Under the…

ACLU sues Florida Gov. Rick Scott over mandatory drug testing for state workers

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is challenging in federal court Governor Rick Scott’s (R) executive order forcing all state employees in Executive Branch agencies to undergo drug testing without regard to suspicion of illegal drug use. The ACLU filed the lawsuit (PDF) on Tuesday on behalf of the American…

Arizonans look to recall senator behind controversial immigration laws

A Republican state senator in Arizona who authored controversial immigration laws may face a recall election thanks to a group of activists who said Tuesday they had filed a petition for a new vote. State law requires 7,756 signatures to trigger a recall election. Calling themselves “Citizens For A Better…

Ohio Republicans attack state’s minimum wage law

Republicans in the Ohio State Senate are pushing to weaken a minimum wage law that was enshrined in the state’s Constitution in 2006. A provision in the Ohio Senate GOP’s omnibus budget measure aims to raise the eligibility requirements for beneficiaries of the constitutional amendment establishing the state’s minimum wage…

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