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Report: Prosecutors charging DNA evidence with crimes

In their effort to beat the statutes of limitations that prevent people from being charged with a crime after a certain amount of time has passed, prosecutors in some parts of the US are trying a new tactic: They’re charging half-eaten food, saliva-crusted glasses or other inanimate objects with the…

As Blair blasts Iraq ‘conspiracy’ hunt, British officials eye Bush, aides

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair wants the public to believe that his motives in helping the United States invade Iraq were completely pure. The reasons for an inquiry into his government’s actions, he argued during a recent interview, stem merely from an “obsession” to uncover a grand “conspiracy” to…

Report: Bush order allowing murder of US citizens abroad still in effect

If a United States citizen was determined to have joined a foreign terrorist group, that person could be legally murdered under orders given by President George W. Bush after the 9/11 attacks. In spite of an administration change in Washington, D.C., that allowance is still in effect, according to a…

GOP-linked company tracks online users’ ‘loan-worthiness’

Want a bank loan? Get yourself more Facebook friends — but make sure they pay their bills on time. Banks are beginning to look at user accounts on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites to determine if an applicant is loan-worthy, raising privacy concerns as well as questions over…

TSA funding airport mind-reading scanners

Amid the media furor over the attempted Christmas Day attacks and a renewed political focus on enhancing airport security, attention is turning to a technological advancement that will have civil rights activists — or, for that matter, anyone with a secret –seriously worried: Mind-reading machines. “As far-fetched as that sounds,…

WH slams Dean: ‘No rational person’ would oppose health bill ‘at this point’

UPDATE White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Wednesday became the latest Democrat to offer a sharp rebuttal to Howard Dean over the former Vermont governor’s call to “kill” the Senate health care bill now that the bill includes neither a public option nor a Medicare buy-in option. “I would…

Newsweek editor: Cheney presidential run would be ‘good for the country’

In an editorial published Saturday that will run in the magazine’s Dec. 7 edition, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham argues that former Vice President Dick Cheney would be a good candidate for the presidency in 2012 — and that a run would be “good for the country.” “I think we should…

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