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Family of ‘stand your ground’ shooting victim settles civil case with defendant

The family of a teenager killed in 2012 after an argument with an older man over loud music at a Florida gas station has settled their civil suit against the shooter for an undisclosed sum. The Florida Times Union reported Friday that defendant Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software engineer accepted…

How Religion Helps Men Evade Personal Responsibility

I posted at XX Factor about this website where women set out to shame “homewreckers”, i.e. women who slept with or even “stole” boyfriends or husbands who presumably had a monogamous commitment to another woman. It’s a brief post that doesn’t mention the blog of the woman—titled I’m In Love…

Catholic Church to pay $1.75 million to father over son’s abuse

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Illinois-based Catholic group agreed on Friday to pay $1.75 million to the father of a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly sexually abused by one of its priests in Florida after the two met in an Internet chatroom. The Order of the Carmelites, a religious group known…

Afghan president buries assassinated brother

A weeping Afghan President Hamid Karzai Wednesday led thousands of mourners at the funeral of his brother, whose assassination could push southern Afghanistan into renewed instability. Ahmed Wali Karzai may have been dogged by allegations of links to the drugs trade and corruption, but his shock killing at home by…

Japan man admits killing British teacher

A Japanese man accused of raping and murdering British teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker, whose battered body was found in a sand-filled bathtub, Monday admitted the killing but said it was accidental. Tatsuya Ichihashi, 32 — who spent more than two and a half years on the run after the 2007…

Sources: Geithner mulls leaving position at Treasury

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is considering stepping down later this year, but will not make a decision until contentious negotiations over the U.S. debt ceiling are completed, people familiar with his thinking said on Thursday. Geithner said he would remain in his Treasury post “for the foreseeable…

Report: Sarah Palin quits bus tour halfway through, retreats to Alaska

WASHINGTON – Amid diminishing media interest, Sarah Palin has quit her high-profile bus tour halfway through and returned to Alaska with her family, according to RealClearPolitics. The move puts a damper on widespread speculations that Palin’s “One Nation” bus tour, which launched on Memorial Day, was a precursor to a…

232 still missing after tornado in Joplin, Missouri

JOPLIN, Missouri (AFP) – Officials Thursday said 232 people were still missing four days after a tornado tore through a Missouri town, and had only managed to identify one of the 125 bodies found in the storm’s wake. Some of the missing from Sunday’s disaster in Joplin may be among…

Report: Friends of former IMF chief tried to bribe assaulted maid’s family

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have spent the last week and a half behind bars and under house arrest since he allegedly tried to rape a hotel maid in New York on May 14, but associates of his have been busy on his behalf. The New York Post reports…

Sen. Kerry to travel to Pakistan in attempt to mend ties

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Amid tensions between the United States and Pakistan over the killing of Osama bin Laden, a top US senator said Tuesday he will visit Islamabad seeking to mend ties and answer troubling questions. US Senator John Kerry said he hoped to resolve some of the puzzles raised…

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