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U.S. pediatrician on trial for raping toddlers

GEORGETOWN, Delaware — A Delaware pediatrician went on trial for allegedly raping or sexually exploiting 86 young patients, all girls except one and almost all younger than three. Earl Bradley has pleaded not guilty to 24 counts against him, and sat quietly in gray prison scrubs as a veteran state…

Local media: SWAT team busts into house over student loan default

Update: Dept. of Education denies that the warrant was about a loan default Acting on orders from the U.S. Department of Education, a S.W.A.T. team broke into a California home Tuesday at 6 a.m. and roughed up a man — because of his estranged wife’s defaulted student loans, ABC News10…

Texas police probe psychic’s mass grave hoax

HARDIN, Texas (AFP) – Texas police were investigating whether a tip-off from a psychic about a mass grave containing dozens of dismembered bodies was in fact a hoax after an intense search found no bodies. State, local and federal agents combed the area around a rural home after a woman…

Obama administration to appeal healthcare ruling

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Lawyers for President Barack Obama will on Wednesday seek to stave off the biggest legal challenge yet to healthcare reform, his signature domestic policy achievement. The administration will present oral arguments as it appeals a ruling by a Florida judge who declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional,…

U.S. voters uncomfortable with Mormon president

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US voters are uncomfortable with the idea of a president who is a Mormon, even as former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, a Mormon, leads the pack of Republican presidential hopefuls, a poll found. The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute survey however showed that Romney would lose 41-47 percent…

Woman takes ex-boyfriend to court over his anti-abortion billboard

A New Mexico man was taken to court for harassment and violation of privacy by his ex-girlfriend for putting up a billboard that said she had an abortion against his wishes. The Associated Press reported that the billboard reads, “This Would Have Been A Picture Of My 2-Month Old Baby…

Texas officials say no bodies found at home of alleged ‘mass grave’

HOUSTON, Texas — Texas police were investigating a tip-off that a mass grave containing bodies, including the corpses of children, was hidden in a rural area of the southern state, police said. Police were combing the area after being told 25 to 30 dismembered bodies, many of them possibly children,…

WikiLeaks cables reveal more juveniles detained at Guantanamo Bay than U.S. claimed

An investigation of Detainee Assessment Briefs (DAB) and other classified documents published by WikiLeaks reveals that fifteen juveniles were detained at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, three more than the U.S. State Department publicly acknowledged. The University of California Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas…

Republicans call for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign

WASHINGTON — There was little sympathy among US politicians Tuesday for Anthony Weiner, one day after the US Democratic congressman admitted in a teary-eyed press conference to maintaining a string of lewd online relationships. Weiner, 46, said he was “deeply ashamed” for his behavior, which included sending a close-up picture…

Texas police find children’s dismembered bodies in mass grave

HOUSTON, Texas — Texas police, acting on a tip-off, Tuesday found a mass grave containing “a lot of bodies,” including the corpses of children, US media reported. UPDATE: Texas officials say no bodies found at home of alleged ‘mass grave’ The Liberty County sheriff’s office was combing the area after…

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