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Supreme Court OKs death row inmate’s appeal

WASHINGTON – The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a Texas Death Row inmate can ask a federal court to allow DNA testing on crime scene evidence he says will clear his name. The US high court ruled by a six to three vote that Hank Skinner, 48, could…

Ensign announces plan to retire

Embattled Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) announced Monday intentions to retire at the end of his current term. In a press conference announcing the decision, the senator, who had been for months caught up in a scandal that included a criminal investigation, cited his family as a reason for the move.…

Gates apologizes to Karzai for children’s deaths

by Dan De Luce Dan De Luce – 1 hr 16 mins ago KABUL (AFP) – US Defense Secretary Robert Gates offered a personal apology to President Hamid Karzai Monday for the deaths of nine Afghan children in a NATO air strike which drew fury in Kabul. “This breaks our…

Exclusive: ‘Make Wall St. Pay’ campaign debuts by occupying bank branch, House speaker’s office

A new campaign by a national network of activists kicked off Monday morning with a splash as it led hundreds of fed up homeowners in a series of protests that brought business to a halt at a major bank and the House speaker’s office. The National People’s Action network picked…

William Shatner gives shuttle Discovery ‘Star Trek’ wakeup call

On the 12th day of the space shuttle Discovery’s final mission, William Shatner gave the astronauts a special wakeup call. Shatner is known for playing Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek television series. This video is from NASA, uploaded March 7, 2011.…

‘There will be consequences’ for Manning’s mistreatment, Kucinich warns Sec. Gates

The US military is trying to “break” Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking secrets to WikiLeaks, but it is Defense Secretary Robert Gates that could end up with a blemish on his record, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) said Monday. Manning attorney David Coombs revealed last week that for…

House Budget Chair Paul Ryan pushing entitlement cuts in member meetings

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the chair of the House Budget Committee, isn’t just trying to win support for a year’s worth of discretionary spending cuts. According to Mike Allen of Politico, Ryan is meeting with Republican members of Congress in House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in groups of 10-15…

Cyndi Lauper serenades Argentinian airport with ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’

Pop star Cyndi Lauper still just wants to have fun — and so, apparently, do her many fans. Delayed at a the Buenos Aires airport, Lauper allowed staff to cajole her to the P.A. system microphone to lead her fans in an impromptu sing-a-long of her hit song “Girls Just…

Wisconsin’s Democrats ask for talks on unions

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Wisconsin Democrats who fled the state more than two weeks ago to block a vote on a Republican plan to limit public sector union powers asked on Monday to “resume serious discussions” to break the impasse. Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller appealed in a letter on…

Texas Republican proposes criminal penalties for overly touchy TSA agents

From Republican majorities to corporate outrages, everything’s bigger in Texas. That even holds true when it comes to giving “the man” the finger, which is precisely what one conservative state representative has set about doing with a new proposal that would make airport security a much tricker business in the…

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