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Kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard: Abductors ‘stole my life’

PLACERVILLE, California – A California woman kidnapped as a girl and repeatedly raped over 18 years hit out at her abductors Thursday saying they had stolen her life, as a court sent the couple away behind bars. Jaycee Dugard, who was 11 when she was seized and is now 31,…

Five killed in Yuma, Arizona shootings

LOS ANGELES — Five people were killed Thursday in Yuma, Arizona, in a multiple shooting incident which triggered a temporary school lockdown, local media and officials said. Yuma County Courthouse and at least two schools and a post office were put on lockdown after the shootings, and one victim was…

Iran not a nuclear threat, says Pulitzer Prize winning journalist

In an interview with Scott Horton of Antiwar Radio, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh warned that the United States’ “aggressive” sanction policy against Iran was aimed at halting a nuclear weapons program that does not exist. “Clearly the sanction policy is aimed at trying to force Iran to change its foreign…

Two N.H. Republicans quit posts over GOP attacks on workers

Two Republican lawmakers in New Hampshire have resigned their leadership posts, citing deeply held disagreements with the GOP’s recent attacks on organized labor. State Rep. Matt Quandt and House Whip Tim Copeland both said they simply could not sit idly by as pensions and bargaining rights were rolled back. “[It]…

Mitt Romney officially enters 2012 presidential race

STRATHAM, New Hampshire (AFP) – Republican hopeful Mitt Romney officially entered the 2012 White House race Thursday, urging a radical change of economic course and accusing President Barack Obama of failing America. The 64-year-old former Massachusetts governor made his announcement at a farm in the state of New Hampshire, one…

High ranking group urges an end to drug prohibition

A panel of former high ranking world officials issued a report Thursday calling for an end to the global war on drugs and a move toward policies that treat addiction as a health problem instead of as crime. The group, calling themselves the Global Commission on Drug Policy, includes the…

Ohio GOP House Speaker’s Twitter account hacked

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) isn’t the only politician to fall victim to a prank on Twitter recently. Ohio state Republican House Speaker William G. Batchelder found out Monday that his Twitter account had also been hacked. Mike Dittoe, communication director for the House Republican caucus, told The Columbus Dispatch that…

Boehner: Debt limit hike ‘needs to be done’ in June

WASHINGTON – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told reporters that the U.S. debt limit must be increased in the month of June, warning that delay could negatively impact financial markets. “This really needs to be done over the next month if we are serious about no brinksmanship and no rattling…

Fmr. McCain strategist: GOP ‘reality show’ a ‘mosaic of nonsense’

Steve Schmidt, the former campaign adviser to 2008 Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), told a CNN host on Thursday that the current Republican field of 2012 candidates is little more than a “reality show” presenting a “mosaic of nonsense” that serious candidates have to contend with. “In there…

Palin slams DREAM Act during Ellis Island visit

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin celebrated her visit to Ellis Island Wednesday by attacking legislation that would give undocumented children a chance to stay in the country. Ellis Island is “one of the symbols of course of our country, and it’s a reminder too that immigrants built this…

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