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California bill targets ‘extortion’ websites engaged in ‘mug shot racket’

California lawmakers took steps on Monday to bar so-called extortion websites from posting mug shots of people who have been arrested and then demanding payment to remove the photographs, even from people who are never charged with a crime. A bill to make it unlawful to solicit or accept payment…

California state Senate votes to suspend three Democrats over criminal investigations

(Reuters) – The California state Senate voted to suspend three Democratic lawmakers on Friday who have been the subject of criminal probes, including Leland Yee, who was arrested this week in an FBI sweep on corruption and gun trafficking charges. The Senate voted 28-1 to suspend the trio, all of…

Tea party linking up with Koran-burning British far right: report

‘It seems now that America and Europe are acting as one, and united we can never fail’ The tea party movement is forging links with the English Defence League, a nascent anti-Islamic movement in Great Britain that has made a habit of rioting in Muslim neighborhoods, says a report at…

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