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Poker domain names unfrozen to allow refunds

WASHINGTON — US authorities said Wednesday they were unfreezing the domain names of two online poker companies targeted in a crackdown on Internet gambling so US players could withdraw their money. The domain names of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker, three of the largest online poker companies operating…

US-Mexico border village chiefs held for gun running

LOS ANGELES – The mayor, police chief and a community trustee of a US border village were charged Thursday with gun trafficking to supply firearms to violent drug cartels in Mexico, officials said. In all 10 people were arrested in morning raids in Columbus, a small village just across the…

Ala. ex-trooper pleads in civil rights-era slaying

Ex-trooper pleads guilty in 1965 Ala. slaying that prompted key civil rights marches A white former state trooper pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge in the 1965 shooting death of a black man at a civil rights protest, a killing that inspired historic voting rights marches. James Bonard Fowler,…

Records: Miller admits to computer use, lying

Records: Miller admits to improper computer use, lying, before coming clean, being punished Alaska GOP Senate hopeful Joe Miller was suspended for three days and referred to an employee assistance program after admitting to improperly using three government computers, then cleaning the caches to cover up the activities, according to…

Constitutional law professor predicts Supreme Court will give Ashcroft absolute immunity

Turley: Obama administration attempt to set new precedent is ‘disgusting’ A Supreme Court ruling could grant “absolute immunity” to former US Attorney General John Ashcroft and set a dangerous precedent in a 9/11-related lawsuit, according to George Washington University constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley. The high court agreed Tuesday to…

VT judge weighs cell phone tracking suit by ACLU

Vermont judge weighs ACLU case over state’s use of cell phone tracking A Vermont judge heard arguments but didn’t rule Monday on a lawsuit aimed at forcing the state to reveal whether and how its criminal investigators use cell phone tracking technology to keep tabs on people and their whereabouts.…

‘Foreclosure mill’ gave employees jewelry, cars, houses to forge documents: testimony

According to sworn statements released by the Florida Attorney General’s office, one of the state’s “foreclosure mills” bribed employees with jewelry, cars and houses to forge and alter documents required by courts conducting foreclosure proceedings. Kelly Scott and Mary Cordova, two former employees of Florida attorney David J. Stern, were…

Blackwater contractor will not be indicted for killing Iraqi guard in 2006

A former security contractor for Blackwater USA will not be indicted in the killing of an Iraqi guard in 2006, federal prosecutors said Monday. According to a congressional report, Seattle resident Andrew Moonen was wandering drunk around Baghdad’s Green Zone after a Christmas Eve party in 2006 when he encountered and fatally shot Raheem Saadoun, a 32-year-old guard…

Boss distributed premarked GOP ballots on day Republican senator toured plant, employees say

Five black employees of an Alabama-based trucking firm say they were given pre-marked Republican ballots on the day a sitting Republican senator came to visit their facility, and that “an employee drew cross hairs or a target on a picture of President Obama and posted it in the workplace.” The…

Texas probing Google over search results

WASHINGTON — The attorney general of the US state of Texas has opened an inquiry into whether Internet giant Google manipulates search results. Google disclosed the antitrust probe in a blog post late Friday following a report by technology website SearchEngineLand.com on the investigation by the Texas authorities. “We recognize…

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