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SF jury acquits man who forgot mushrooms were in his backpack

On Friday, a jury in San Francisco found a man not guilty of possession of psilocybin mushrooms on the grounds that he had forgotten they were in his backpack, and therefore could not knowingly be in possession. The argument was made by Deputy Public Defender Kimberly Lutes-Koths, who took on…

Panetta makes 9/11 gaffe in Iraq

Newly appointed US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told American troops in Baghdad on Monday that 9/11 was the reason they were in Iraq, before he was quickly corrected by his spokesman. “The reason you guys are here is because of 9/11. The US got attacked and 3,000 human beings got…

Wisconsin Justice Prosser allegedly grabbed another judge around the neck in argument

Justice David Prosser, who has already seen his share of press this year after a long-fought, contentious re-election campaign to Wisconsin’s Supreme Court, is again in the spotlight after allegedly grabbing one of his colleagues around the neck during an argument. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that while arguing with…

GOP claim that tax cuts raise revenues rated ‘False’

WASHINGTON – The Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checker PolitiFact took on the Republican claim that reducing tax rates has always produced higher federal revenues, rating it “false.” “Every time we’ve cut taxes, revenues have gone up, the economy has grown,” Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) said Sunday on ABC’s This Week, making the…

‘Drunk’ actor Nick Cage arrested in New Orleans

LOS ANGELES — US actor Nicolas Cage has been arrested in the southern city of New Orleans “after getting drunk” and having a heated argument with his wife in the French Quarter, police said. Cage, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of a suicidal alcoholic in the 1995 film…

Twitter bot argues with climate change deniers

Debating a stubborn opponent can be an exhausting task, unless, of course, your entire argument is automated. A software developer has created a Twitter bot that automatically discovers and responds to tweets that are skeptical of global warming. Nigel Leck’s chatbot @AI_AGW, who goes by the name “Turing Test,” scans…

US soldier charged with killing fellow troops in Iraq

An American soldier was charged Wednesday with killing two fellow U.S. troops and wounding a third after an argument last month in a former Iraqi insurgent stronghold turned deadly. Army Spc. Neftaly Platero was charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in a Sept. 23…

Supreme Court to end same-day release of audio for arguments

Supreme Court will give public online access to audio of every argument a few days later The Supreme Court is broadening access to audio recordings of all its arguments, but ending its practice of same-day release of audio in high-profile cases. Beginning with the new term next week, the court…

Laura Bush calls Kagan nomination ‘great’

Laura Bush sounded like a woman first and a Republican second on Sunday when she voiced support for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan. “I think it’s great,” she told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “I’m really glad that there will be three [women on the court] if she is…

Krugman: McConnell made ‘most dishonest argument ever’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that the financial regulation reform bill would institutionalize bank bailouts. The New York Times‘ Paul Krugman slammed the top-ranking Senate Republican’s rhetoric Sunday, saying it was “possibly the most dishonest argument ever made in the history of politics.” On Fox News Sunday, McConnell…

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