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British woman convicted of enslaving African worker

LONDON (AFP) – A former hospital director who forced an African woman to work 18 hours a day became the first person in Britain to be convicted of “modern-day slavery.” Saeeda Khan, 68, was forced to pay 49-year-old Mwanahamisi Mruke, who was trafficked from Tanzania in 2006, 25,000 pounds (40,000…

Texas Republican proposes criminal penalties for overly touchy TSA agents

From Republican majorities to corporate outrages, everything’s bigger in Texas. That even holds true when it comes to giving “the man” the finger, which is precisely what one conservative state representative has set about doing with a new proposal that would make airport security a much tricker business in the…

Bernie Madoff: ‘The whole government is a Ponzi scheme’

Bankers should be convicted, swindler tells NYMag If there’s one person who knows a Ponzi scheme, it’s Bernie Madoff, the perpetrator of the largest one in world history. And now, locked away in prison, he claims that it wasn’t just him, or even just the financial sector. Madoff believes the…

South Dakota GOP pushes bill to legalize ‘homicide’ in defense of the unborn

“Justifiable” homicide is usually claimed in self defense cases, and in particular home invasions that end up with a dead burglar. You could say it’s one of the many things that’s big in Texas. But in South Dakota, a group of Republican state legislators have crafted a bill that would…

11-year-old Pennsylvanian is youngest person in world to face life without parole

Boy’s claim of innocence prompted judge to try him as adult A Pennsylvania boy who was 11 years old when he allegedly shot and killed his father’s pregnant fiancee could find himself being the youngest person ever sentenced to life without parole. Human rights campaigners have said the case shows…

AIG recapitalization ends, share sale could reach $18 billion

US Treasury’s cash investment equals $68 billion NEW YORK – The recapitalization of bailed-out insurer American International Group Inc closed on Friday, leaving the government with a 92 percent stake that it plans to sell quickly. Bankers were buzzing on Friday about how soon that might happen, with at least one saying…

Revolutionary screed possibly linked to accused Arizona shooter

Read the letter, here The FBI is investigating whether the suspect in Saturday’s shooting rampage in which a congresswoman was critically wounded was the same person who posted a rambling Internet manifesto accusing the government of mind control and demanding a new currency. Jared Lee Loughner, 22, of Tucson, was…

Turkish Airlines hijack attempt foiled by passengers: TV

A Turkish passenger on a Turkish Airlines flight from Oslo to Istanbul tried to hijack the plane before being overpowered by other passengers Wednesday, security sources said quoted by Turkish media. The would-be hijacker, named as Yasar Cuma, who comes from a Kurdish village in the southeastern region of Anatolia,…

Feds probe Christine O’Donnell’s spending

Federal authorities investigate Delaware Republican O’Donnell’s campaign spending A person with knowledge of a federal campaign-finance investigation says a criminal probe has been opened into whether Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to protect…

New rules to allow Blackberries, iPads on House floor

The tech revolution is about to come to the US House of Representatives and it could mean more tweets from your favorite congressperson. Under recently proposed rules for the 112th Congress, mobile electronic devices like BlackBerries and iPads will be allowed on the House floor. Rules for the 111th Congress…

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