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Poker domain names unfrozen to allow refunds

WASHINGTON — US authorities said Wednesday they were unfreezing the domain names of two online poker companies targeted in a crackdown on Internet gambling so US players could withdraw their money. The domain names of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker, three of the largest online poker companies operating…

FBI investigation of SC beating could be first case under Shepard Act

Local and federal law enforcement are probing the beating of an openly gay man in Rock Hill, South Carolina, officials confirmed to Raw Story Tuesday. The FBI and the York County Sheriff’s office are examining video that shows Joshua Esskew, an openly gay 19-year-old man, being beaten on April 9.…

US post office mixes up Statue Liberty stamp

NEW YORK (AFP) – The US post office had egg on its face Friday after realizing that a stamp showing the Statue of Liberty in close up was not taken in New York’s harbor, but Las Vegas. The mix-up in the 44 cent stamp meant that envelopes are in fact…

Bible-only reading at US jail

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Department of Justice has filed a complaint against a South Carolina sheriff for letting one of his prisons bar inmates from reading anything but the Bible. In the complaint filed this week in a Charleston court, the Justice Department said requests by numerous inmates at…

Chinese man swindled migrants in ‘US army’ scam

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A Chinese man was arraigned on charges relating to his “recruitment” of Chinese men living in the United States into a fictitious US army unit. Yupeng Deng, 51, duped more than 100 Chinese immigrants into paying him to join a fake unit he called the “US…

At least 59 bodies found on Mexico ranch

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AFP) – At least 59 bodies have been found on a ranch in Mexico’s northern state of Tamaulipas, on the US border, authorities said Wednesday, warning that the grim toll could rise. The Tamaulipas state prosecutor’s office said 11 people had been arrested and another five kidnapping…

President Obama’s top 5 broken campaign promises

President Barack Obama came to office on a tide of voters eager to see a change in more than just the White House’s occupant. Two years into his presidency — and one day after he launched his 2012 reelection campaign — and even some of his most ardent supporters are…

Afghan policeman ‘kills two American troops’

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — Two American soldiers from the NATO alliance were shot dead on Monday by an Afghan border policeman in the north of the country, military officials said. NATO confirmed the deaths, the latest attack on international soldiers, and said it was investigating the incident which occurred inside a…

‘No cop in the state’ would arrest WI Senate dems

Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald was warned by legal representatives of three separate state agencies that ordering state troopers to forcibly return senate democrats to Madison would place his actions in a zone “outside the law”, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. The Journal has obtained memos and e-mail…

Million-dollar diamonds stolen from Basel watch fair

GENEVA – Four diamonds worth millions were stolen on Wednesday from the world’s biggest watch and jewelery fair in the northern Swiss city of Basel, the local prosecutor’s office said. “On Wednesday, 30 March 2011, at around 11:00 am (0900 GMT), one of the as yet still unidentified perpetrators distracted…

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