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Judge dismisses targeted-kill program lawsuit

A judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to halt the Obama administration’s program to capture or kill Americans who joined militant groups abroad. The lawsuit was filed by civil liberties groups on behalf of the father of Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who joined al Qaeda…

Tennessee Republican lawmaker compares immigrants’ children to ‘multiplying rats’

At a hearing about a Tennessee state health insurance program Tuesday, a state lawmaker compared children born to undocumented immigrants to multiplying rats. Tennessee state Rep. Curry Todd (R) wanted to know if the Cover Kids health-insurance program required “proof that you are here legally before you can get assistance.”…

Court dismisses Alan Keyes’ ‘birther’ lawsuit

A lawsuit claiming President Barack Obama is not eligible to occupy the White House because he is not a natural born citizen was thrown out by a state appellate court on Monday. The leading plaintiff of the lawsuit, which was filed shortly after the 2008 election, was Alan Keyes. Keyes,…

‘State secrets’ invoked over case of American targeted for assassination

In a last-ditch effort to get a terrorism lawsuit dismissed, the Obama administration invoked a claim of “state secrets” on Friday, arguing that revealing details about efforts to capture or kill an American citizen charged with leading a terrorist group would endanger national security. The suit, filed by civil liberties…

Ex-Los Alamos scientists charged with ‘helping Venezuela build nuke’

A scientist and his wife who both once worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory were arrested Friday after an FBI sting operation and charged with conspiring to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela. After their arrest, the two appeared in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M. They were accused of…

Justice Dept. mulls charges for US cleric on CIA kill list

US eyes first-ever criminal charges against radical cleric al-Awlaki, already marked for death The Obama administration is considering filing the first criminal charges against radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in case the CIA fails to kill him and he’s is captured alive in Yemen. The decision continues the White House’s strategy…

Irish protesters hurl bottles, eggs, shoes at Tony Blair during book signing

More than 200 noisy demonstrators, many chanting slogans criticising Blair over the 2003 Iraq war, had gathered for the event and witnesses said plastic bottles and flip-flops were thrown at him as his motorcade arrived. None of the objects — also reported to include eggs and shoes — landed near the former…

Jimmy Carter to visit North Korea to free US man

Former US president Jimmy Carter is planning to visit North Korea soon on a mission to secure the release of an American man serving eight years of hard labor there, Foreign Policy magazine has said. “Jimmy Carter is set to travel to North Korea very soon, according to two sources…

ACLU sues over detention in United Arab Emirates

Rights group sues CIA, FBI over American citizen’s detention in United Arab Emirates American Civil Liberties Union lawyers filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the FBI, CIA and other federal intelligence agencies, accusing them of detaining and torturing an American citizen later convicted on terrorism charges in the United Arab Emirates.…

Man arrested at Atlanta airport in stabbings spree

Israeli citizen suspected of racially motivated stabbings of black men apprehended A possible suspect in a string of 20 stabbings that terrorized people across three states and left five dead was arrested at an airport as he tried to board a plane for Israel, officials said Thursday. The man was…

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