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Judge tosses targeted-killing case against US

Judge throws out case aimed at preventing US killing of anti-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit aimed at preventing the United States from targeting U.S.-born anti-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki for death. U.S. District Judge John Bates said in a written opinion that al-Awlaki’s…

Republican effort to defund NPR fails

Republicans failed to start the ball rolling on legislation to defund NPR Thursday, after Democrats in the lame-duck House widely voted against the measure. Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Doug Lamborn (R-CO) had introduced a motion to include the defunding of NPR in a bill meant to make it easier…

Saudi Arabia denies it will license blogs

A Saudi official denied on Friday that bloggers and web forums would be forced to register under a new electronic media law, after remarks he made sparked outrage among Saudi internet users. Ministry of information domestic media supervisor Abdulrahman al-Hazzaa clarified that the new law will require on-line news sites…

US may keep control of foreign prisoners in Afghanistan

The US military may retain control of foreign detainees in Afghan prison who are linked to insurgents, despite next year’s transfer of all prison authority to Kabul, a top US military officer said Thursday. “Our preference would be not to. But I would not rule that out as an option…

Pakistan to monitor websites for ‘anti-Islam content’

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s government ordered the monitoring of websites including Google, Yahoo and YouTube for “anti-Islam content” Friday, an official said, amid renewed tensions over the Internet. “The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has received orders from the ministry of information technology to monitor these websites, which are being implemented,” a…

High court: ‘Sexually dangerous’ can be kept in prison indefinitely

Clarence Thomas dissents The Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal officials can indefinitely hold inmates considered “sexually dangerous” after their prison terms are complete. The high court reversed a lower court decision that said Congress overstepped its authority in allowing indefinite detentions of considered “sexually dangerous.” “The statute is a…

Arizona sheriff won’t enforce law that’s ‘stupid and racist’

At least one Arizona sheriff disagrees with a new immigration law that critics say could lead to civil rights violations. Sheriff Clarence Dupnik is promising not to enforce a law believes is “racist and stupid.” The law directs enforcement to use a “reasonable suspicion” standard to decide which persons need…

Undaunted by Comcast court victory, FCC moves ahead with broadband plans

The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday that it intends to move forward quickly with key recommendations in its national broadband plan — even though a federal appeals court this week undermined the agency’s legal authority to regulate high-speed Internet access. The FCC needs that authority to push ahead with many…

Comcast court victory a major setback to ‘Net Neutrality’ efforts

A US appeals court dealt a major setback on Tuesday to the efforts of US goverment regulators to force Internet service providers to treat all Web traffic equally. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of broadband provider Comcast Corp. in a case seen…

Insurers score big win as parliamentarian blocks rate hike watchdog

A Democrat’s proposal to create a government watchdog board which would vet insurance premium hikes is likely off the table after the Senate parliamentarian ruled that the proposal isn’t suitable to be added in reconciliation, the budget measure Democrats are using to move health care reform forward in the Senate.…

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