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Bush: Waterboarding legal ‘because the lawyer said it was’

Is waterboarding torture, as the UN Convention Against Torture asserts? Or is it not torture, but just punishable by death? (Sen. John McCain pointed out during his presidential campaign that the US hanged several Japanese men after they were convicted of waterboarding American soldiers during World War II). Or is…

President Obama’s Kenyan half-brother marries teen girl

President Barack Obama’s polygamist half brother in Kenya has married a 19-year-old woman more than 30 years his junior. Malik Obama, 52, told a Kenya news station that the teen quit school and wanted to get married. He appeared on video taken by a hidden camera, although he knew he…

Iran ‘stoning woman’ to be lashed over photo: son

PARIS — Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, has also been sentenced to 99 lashes for a photo published of her without a headscarf, according to her son. In an interview published on the website of the French magazine La Regle du Jeu and…

Australian tax officials allow ‘Crocodile Dundee’ star to return to US

Australian tax officials lifted a controversial travel ban on “Crocodile Dundee” star Paul Hogan on Friday, leaving him free to return to his home in the United States, his lawyer said. Hogan, 70, who is in dispute over a tax bill reportedly running into millions of dollars, was barred from…

Florida mom arrested after pic of baby with bong

Florida mother arrested after Facebook picture shows baby posing with bong A central Florida mom who thought it would be funny to post a picture of her baby with a bong on her Facebook page has been arrested. Nineteen-year-old Rachel Stieringer was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. A Texas…

Job of collecting evidence against BP may go to — BP

“I think they would do something in front of their own mother if they could,” says one attorney for plaintiffs…

75 percent oil from Gulf of Mexico spill is gone: official

About three-quarters of the oil spilled from the ruptured BP well in the Gulf of Mexico has disappeared, a top US official said Wednesday. “The scientists are telling us about 25 percent was not captured or evaporated or taken care of by mother nature,” said Carol Browner, a top energy…

Palin fiance Levi Johnston to film music video

LOS ANGELES – Levi Johnston will make his music video debut as a lover whose romance is thwarted by his girlfriend’s disapproving mother, according to a Universal Music Group record label and Johnston’s attorney. Johnston, 20, who is Bristol Palin’s fiance, has agreed to appear in the video with singer-songwriter…

Iranian mother of two faces death by stoning over alleged adultery

A 42-year-old Afghan woman convicted of adultery in 2006 is set to be stoned to death shortly, according to human rights activists. Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a mother of two, convicted of adultery, could be stoned to death under Iranian law. Iran’s penal code is extremely severe: in 2005, the country…

Arlington, Texas couple get years in prison for enslaving Nigerian, mother of six

A US federal judge sentenced a Texas couple Friday for forcing a widowed Nigerian mother of six to serve in domestic servitude, holding her as a slave for over eight years. Prosecutors said the victim was recruited in Nigeria and lured to the United States with promises she would receive…

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