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Suspect in basement torture case diagnosed as schizophrenic

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Linda Ann Weston, who allegedly locked mentally-challenged adults in a basement dungeon in Philadelphia, was once diagnosed as mentally retarded and schizophrenic, court records revealed on Friday. The diagnosis of Weston, 51, appeared in documents tied to her 1983 third-degree murder conviction for starving to death a…

Police probe ‘horrific’ case of disabled captives

Police are investigating a woman charged with locking four mentally challenged adults in a filthy Philadelphia cellar in order to collect their social security checks. Philadelphia police said Monday that Linda Ann Weston, 51, had identification records of as many as 50 people when she was arrested Sunday, suggesting she might have defrauded dozens of people in…

Republican Rep. warns of Obama impeachment if GOP forces debt default

A Republican member of the House of Representatives declared today that President Barack Obama could be impeached if the U.S. defaults on its debts. The comment is from Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who told his followers on Twitter that they should “stop talking about” a potential U.S. default. “The 1st…

Tea party-induced government shutdown could delay tax refunds

WASHINGTON – Well, this probably isn’t what tea partiers had in mind. The right-wing activists who chanted “shut it down!” at a Capitol Hill rally last week might be less than pleased to learn that a government shutdown may delay tax refunds — particularly for paper returns, which would be…

Exclusive: Gov’t shutdown will help Obama politically, former Clinton aide says

WASHINGTON – A former aide in the Clinton White House tells Raw Story the politics of a government shutdown will be good for President Barack Obama, and warns that the nature of today’s Republican caucus will make negotiations more difficult. Progressive strategist Mike Lux served as Special Assistant to the…

House budget cuts raise spectre of US govt shutdown

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Historic spending cuts approved by the US House of Representatives face a grim future in the Senate, raising prospects of a government shutdown and ramping up the public relations blame game. After a marathon floor debate running well past midnight, the Republican-controlled House voted Saturday to cut…

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