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Convicted Alabama rapist again avoids prison time after re-sentencing

An Alabama man convicted of raping a teenage girl will again avoid prison despite being re-sentenced following a public outcry. Limestone County Circuit Court Judge James Woodroof on Monday sentenced Austin Smith Clem to five years on probation for raping a teenage neighbor three times, beginning when she was 14.…

U.S. ‘pink slime’ factories shut down amid outcry

Three factories that made so-called “pink slime” beef filler have shut down since public outcry about the ammonia-treated substance began last month, The Associated Press reported Monday. Beef Products Inc. spokesman Craig Letch told AP that only one factory in the country, located in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, is still…

Murdoch says ‘no excuse’ for phone-hacking scandal

LOS ANGELES — News Corp. chief executive Rupert Murdoch told angry shareholders on Friday that there was “simply no excuse” for the phone-hacking scandal in Britain and vowed to “put things right.” “We cannot just be a profitable company, we must be a principled company,” Murdoch said in his opening…

6,800 exposed to HIV or hepatitis at Ottawa clinic

OTTAWA — Up to 6,800 people may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis an Ottawa clinic over the past decade, health officials warned Monday. The capital city’s chief public health doctor Isra Levy announced over the weekend that an inspection in late spring had discovered lax cleaning of medical…

Guardian says it will fight police on revealing hacking sources

The Guardian said Saturday it would fight “to the utmost” an attempt by police probing the phone hacking scandal to force it to disclose the sources for its reports on the affair. The Metropolitan Police is seeking to obtain a court order under the Official Secrets Act to identify “evidence…

Coast Guard promises greater media access to Gulf exclusion zone, but there’s a catch

After intense public outcry over members of the press being fined and prosecuted for walking within 20 meters of oil boom or spill response operations, U.S. authorities promised Tuesday that reporters and photographers would be given increased access. Of course, there seems to be a catch. The spill response operations…

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