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San Francisco considers requiring ID scans for most public events

The San Francisco Entertainment Commission was scheduled Tuesday to consider a proposal that would mandate ID scans for every person entering a “place of entertainment” attended by more than 100 people — a move that immediately sparked the fears of civil libertarians, who saw it as yet another encroachment of…

Amid deep cuts, defense spending continues to grow

WASHINGTON – Citing an urgent need for painful cuts to reduce the deficit, Democrats and Republicans agreed last Friday to slash spending on programs related to education, health care, environmental protection and scientific research, among others. Yet they hiked defense spending by $5 billion. The bipartisan deal to fund the…

Reagan shooter wants more outings from psych hospital

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prosecutors are fighting to stop the man who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981 from leaving a psychiatric hospital for more family visits. On March 29, a day before the 30th anniversary of the shooting,John Hinckley, Jr. asked a federal judge to allow him an unspecified number of visits…

Exclusive: Advocates warn Obama not to back debt commission’s ‘radical’ cuts to Social Security

WASHINGTON – A large coalition of pro-Social Security groups on Tuesday warned President Barack Obama against supporting cuts to the popular seniors program, as unconfirmed reports circulated that he may endorse his fiscal commission’s proposals to reduce benefits. “It’s terrible policy and it’s terrible politics,” Nancy Altman, co-director of Social…

Dems lavish praise on Romney for inspiring health care reform

Democrats took it upon themselves to effusively praise Mitt Romney for the health care measure he enacted five years ago yesterday as governor of Massachusetts — which created the basis for the sweeping law President Barack Obama signed last year. The one and a half minute video, which combines clips…

U.N. torture investigator slams U.S. for denying him access to Bradley Manning

A United Nations special rapporteur on torture claims U.S. authorities refused to give him access to Army Private Bradley Manning, 23, the lone soldier accused of leaking secret files to WikiLeaks. Juan Mendez, the U.N. representative on torture, said he had visited numerous other nations where he’d been allowed unmonitored…

Ohio jailhouse killer to be executed Tuesday morning

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - Clarence Carter, a 49-year-old Ohio man convicted of beating to death another prison inmate after a dispute over what TV channel to watch, is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday morning. Carter will be the 12th person executed in the United Statesthis year and the third in Ohio. He…

Bachmann: Obama should put his birth certificate ‘on the table’

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) indirectly questioned President Barack Obama’s citizenship Monday night. “As far as I’m concerned, I think, if I decide to throw the hat in the ring, anybody could look at my birth certificate, I could care less,” she told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “This is the easiest…

U.S. marks 150th anniversary of start of Civil War

RALEIGH, North Carolina — Americans on Tuesday mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the US Civil War, a bloody conflict that historians say still deeply influences the United States. “The Civil War is one of the most significant events in American history in terms of the way the…

WATCH: Air France superjumbo jet clips and spins smaller commuter jet

Video shows an Airbus A380 superjumbo jet operated by Air France clipping a smaller commuter jet and spinning it a full 90 degrees Monday night. U.S. officials are investigating. Watch this video from NBC New York, broadcast April 12, 2011.…

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