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Arizona shooting suspect moved for mental tests

PHOENIX, Arizona — The suspect in a January shooting spree that severely wounded a congresswoman has been moved to a federal medical facility for a mental evaluation, court records said on Thursday. Jared Lee Loughner, 22, the prime suspect in the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was transferred to…

Female protesters in Egypt tortured, subjected to ‘virginity test’: Amnesty

The international human rights group Amnesty International claimed Wednesday that a number of female protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square were rounded up by the Egyptian military and tortured recently. Some women even said they were subjected to a “virginity test” while soldiers looked on and took pictures. Amnesty said at…

Daniel Ellsberg arrested at protest for Bradley Manning

Update: Ellsberg arrested twice in single weekend — watch footage from Sunday’s protest here Dozens of activists, including the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam War, were arrested Sunday at a military base holding the US soldier suspected of leaking secret US cables, supporters said. “It was…

Iraq prison riot leaves 2 dead, 14 wounded

TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) – Two inmates were killed and 14 people were wounded in a prison riot Sunday in Tikrit, the home city of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, a police source said. Seven policemen and seven inmates were among the wounded in the riot, at the central prison for Salahuddin province,…

U.S. contractor Alan Gross sentenced to 15 years in Cuban prison

Alan Gross, the U.S. aid contractor found guilty last week of undermining the Cuban government, was sentenced in Havana today. Cuban state-run television reported that he is sentenced to 15 years for supplying internet equipment to Cuban dissidents. He was arrested in late 2009 when he was caught giving satellite…

Charges against alleged hamster-killing teen dropped

Monique Smith, the 19-year-old Brooklyn woman accused of killing her little brother’s hamster, is no longer facing prison time for her crime. Smith’s 9-year-old brother, Brandon Smith, called the ASPCA last June to report his sister after she allegedly squeezed the hamster, Sweetie, to death and then threw it across…

The Wire producer: War on drugs is ‘a war on the underclass’

David Simon, the creator and executive producer of HBO’s The Wire, said the war on drugs had devolved into a war on the underclass after actress Felicia Pearson was arrested in Baltimore on drug charges. Thirty-year-old Pearson had served a prison sentence for murder before join the cast of The…

Robert F. Kennedy assassin denied parole

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The assassin who killed US presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 was denied parole Wednesday, and will have to wait another five years to make another request, officials said. Sirhan Sirhan was initially sentenced to death, but the sentence was changed in 1972 to life…

Robert F. Kennedy assassin faces parole board

LOS ANGELES – The assassin who killed US presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 faced a parole board on Wednesday, his 14th such hearing since he was convicted, officials said. Sirhan Sirhan was initially sentenced to death, but the sentence was changed in 1972 to life in prison after…

Financial advisor to stars gets 7.5 years prison

NEW YORK – A financial advisor to US socialites and Hollywood celebrities was sentenced Wednesday to seven and a half years prison for stealing millions of dollars in clients’ funds. Kenneth Starr, 67, was sentenced in New York federal court to 90 months behind bars, a spokeswoman for the US…

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