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Senate to debate rival spending bills next week

Andy Sullivan and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Democrats on Friday pushed for a vote next week on their new proposal to trim $6 billion from spending while protecting President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul and other priorities. Democrats offered their measure as an alternative to a bill passed by…

Manning ‘stripped naked’ for second night, attorney says

For the second night in a row Thursday, a US soldier accused of leaking secrets cables to WikiLeaks was stripped naked for up to seven hours, according to his lawyer. “PFC Manning was forced to strip naked in his cell again last night,” Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs, wrote on his…

Exclusive: Ohio anti-union bill may curtail benefits for unmarried live-in couples

Buried in a newly-passed Ohio bill stripping the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions is language that could curtail benefits for unmarried domestic couples who work for the state, regardless of sexual orientation. The provision appears just below language forcefully restating the same-sex marriage ban in the state, an…

Dog ate owner’s infected foot as he slept

An unnamed diabetic man is in serious condition after his dog ate part of his apparently infected foot while he slept. The 61-year-old man, who had no feeling in his feet because of his condition, woke up on his couch with part of his foot — including three toes —…

Shock video: Police gang-tackle Wisconsin Dem as he enters Capitol

Update: Tackled congressman releases statement Wisconsin state Rep. Nick Milroy released a statement Friday detailing a confrontation he had with police while trying to enter the Capitol building Thursday night. “Last night, I was aggressive in attempting to re-enter the Capitol and law enforcement was aggressive in trying to keep…

20-year-old sues FBI over GPS tracker on his car

When 20-year-old American student Yasir Afifi discovered a GPS tracking device on his car, he first thought it was a bomb. After sharing images of the device online, he learned that it was actually a tracking device placed by the FBI, but after being confronted about it, the bureau threatened…

FDA staff question dosing for Novartis lung drug

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Regulators will ask outside experts if the higher of two proposed doses of a Novartis AG drug is needed to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, documents released on Friday said. A key question for outside advisers who meet next week is “whether the second higher dose of…

Wikileaks reveals extent of State Department’s involvemnt in arms sales, oil deals

By Ben Berkowitz NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Lockheed Martin wanted to sell C-130 military transport planes to the government of Chad in early 2007, the U.S. embassy in N’Djamena was ready to lend a hand. Nevermind that, by the embassy’s own reckoning, the Chadian government probably could not afford…

Exclusive: Key conservatives behind S. Dakota’s abortion law appear clueless as to what Planned Parenthood does

Abortion is already a heavily regulated medical procedure, but Republicans in South Dakota are poised to mandate the harshest regulations of any state yet, including a requirement that women visit an anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy center” before the procedure. The new requirements are part of a bill that cleared the state’s…

Orrin Hatch: Health law ‘a lot worse’ than ‘an awful piece of crap’

After Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) made profane remarks criticizing the health care overhaul last Friday, he apologized for it. But now, he says the law is even “worse” than he described. In widely-reported remarks at Utah State University, Hatch called the Affordable Care Act a “one-size-fits-all federal government dumb-ass program”…

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