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Former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn to plead not guilty to sex crimes

NEW YORK (AFP) – Fallen IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn plans to launch a fight to clear his name Monday by pleading not guilty in a New York court to charges that he tried to rape a hotel maid. Strauss-Kahn, 62, was one of the most influential people in the global…

Courts slow to indict military contractors accused of bribery

For proof that the wheels of justice turn slowly for private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, and sometimes bog down all together, look no further than the indictment this week of George H. Lee, American businessman. A federal grand jury indicted Lee on charges that he allegedly paid bribes to…

Industry group disputes claim cell phones cause cancer

WASHINGTON — A global wireless industry group Thursday disputed the significance of a report released by a UN health organization citing a potential cancer link from use of mobile phones. CTIA-The Wireless Association said the UN agency “conducts numerous reviews and in the past has given the same score to,…

Rep. Anthony Weiner exploring legal action over ‘Weinergate’ fiasco

Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner is consulting with his lawyers after it was reported that the New York congressman sent a racy photo to a female college student from Seattle via Twitter. “We’ve retained counsel to explore the proper next steps and to advise us on what civil or criminal actions…

IMF chief resigns, vows to prove innocence

NEW YORK (AFP) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned Thursday as head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), saying he did so with great regret but must focus entirely on clearing his name of sexual assault charges. The move came after escalating pressure on the IMF to chart a course through the…

Tai Chi improves mental health in elderly: study

A review of medical studies gave the thumbs-up on to Tai Chi as a way of improving mental health in the elderly, but does not confirm other claims made for the Chinese martial art. British and South Korean researchers looked at 35 assessments of Tai Chi found in English-language, Chinese…

Intel Agencies: ‘No evidence’ of Viagra-fueled Libyan rape campaign

There are conflicting reports out of Libya as to whether or not troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi have been engaging in systematic rape-sprees fueled by the prescription anti-impotency drug Viagra. Thursday, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, Susan Rice reported to the Security Council that rape is increasingly being…

Some Gitmo prisoners held without any evidence, WikiLeaks reveals

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States has botched the handling of inmates at Guantanamo, holding men for years without reliable evidence while releasing others who posed a grave threat, according to leaked secret files. The trove of more than 700 classified documents released by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks showed US…

Police divers search for more NY serial killer victims

New York police divers scoured the gray waters near a popular beach as the search widened in a suspected serial killer case feared to have claimed up to 10 victims. Suffolk County police on Long Island closed off a stretch of scrub-covered bank leading down to the inlet at Hemlock…

Barry Bonds trial: Missing tape alleging steroid use found

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AFP) – In a last-minute twist in the Barry Bonds trial, prosecutors announced they had a recording of Bonds’ surgeon discussing Bonds and steroids with the slugger’s ex-business manager. Doctor Arthur Ting threw a wrench in the prosecution’s case last week when he denied ever having conversations…

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