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Pot-smoking diabetic woman receives $125,000 settlement after police abuse

A woman arrested for smoking pot on the Lower East Side last year actually came out of the ordeal not with a ticket, but instead with a $125,000 settlement check from the New York Police Department, the New York Post reported. The woman, Jaime Rutkowski, is diabetic. While police held…

Congressman Kucinich decries assassination attempts on Libyan dictator Gaddafi

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to hold NATO responsible for any violations of international law amid reports that Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi is a legitimate target in NATO’s ongoing operations. “Just as the President has written himself a blank check to go to war…

Media rights group Reporters Without Borders targeted in check scam

WASHINGTON — Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has uncovered a check-cashing scam in which fake checks in the media rights group’s name were sent to individuals around the United States. Clothilde Le Coz, US director for RSF, was alerted to the scheme last month by a call from a woman in…

Undercover operation reveals how gun buyers can legally avoid background checks

WASHINGTON – Arizona gun show dealers sold firearms to undercover cops who openly admitted they wouldn’t be able to pass a background check, according to a revealing operation conducted by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office. The report, obtained by the New York Times, detailed multiple instances where dealers…

Live: Al Jazeera English covers Egypt’s revolution

The video below is a live broadcast from Al Jazeera English, covering the Egyptian revolution. Our live chat has ended. Please check Raw Story for the latest on developments in Egypt.…

NY mayor, rights leader urge gun control

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the son of Martin Luther King Jr, and a string of shooting victims entered a burning national debate over gun rights Monday with a call for stricter controls. “Every day, 34 Americans are murdered with guns — and most of them are purchased or possessed…

Third gun control bill proposed since Tucson shootings

High-profile gun violence has historically renewed legislative interest in the cause of gun control, and the shootings of twenty people in Tucson, Arizona is no exception — only this time, the measures face steeper hurdles than before. Rep. Gary Ackerman, a Democrat from New York, is the third congressman to…

Opposite world? Liberals cheer Bill O’Reilly gesture

Can anyone check to see if Hell is still hot? Newsmax reports, “No. 1 cable news host Bill O’Reilly said Tuesday that he will personally write a check to cover $16,500 in legal costs for the father of a fallen U.S. Marine who sued the members of a church who…

Schwarzenegger slams GOP stimulus hypocrisy

With so many Republican politicians railing against the stimulus while taking stimulus money for their districts, one prominent Republican governor is calling out his colleagues’ hypocrisy. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was proud to accept stimulus dollars for his state and praised the program for creating or saving over 150,000 jobs.…

Serial GOP candidate accused of stealing from comedians, hotel, movie theater, phone company, welfare and Mercedes dealer

The 48-year-old Delecia Holt sounded like a refreshing change in a race to replace a disgraced Republican congressman who plead guilty to accepting bribes in 2006. “Ethics reform begins with me,” she told a Republican luncheon that year. “I am the only candidate that has pledged not to accept a…

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