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Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky should have pension restored: independent examiner

Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky should be allowed to keep his state pension of roughly $60,000 a year despite his 45 child sex abuse convictions, an independent hearing examiner recommended on Monday. Finding that state rules for forfeiting pensions due to sex crimes took effect in 2004 — and…

Former WI Gov. Tommy Thompson files for Senate race

Tommy Thompson, the former governor of Wisconsin, officially filed his paperwork to become a Republican candidate for the state’s Senate seat in 2012, his campaign confirmed to Raw Story. Thompson filed his Statement of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday, the final step that establishes him as a candidate.…

Obama bets on 50-state strategy to eke out ’12 win

CHICAGO (Reuters) – While Republican presidential candidates target early-voting states, President Barack Obama’s team is laying the groundwork for a 50-state campaign strategy it hopes will secure another White House win in 2012. From the traditional “swing” states of Florida and Ohio to a typically Republican-leaning state like Arizona, Democrat…

Fears of violence shake Mexico schools

ACAPULCO, Mexico — Mexican schools appear increasingly vulnerable to the country’s drug violence, with five human heads dumped outside one school and threats of a grenade attack on another in the past week alone. From northern border areas to Acapulco, on the Pacific coast, to the port of Veracruz, on…

New Hampshire targets December primary after Florida’s move

If you thought the race for the Republican presidential nomination was a fierce battle, it may not be as passionate as to which state hosts the first GOP primary election. A day after Florida made it official by moving its primary up, New Hampshire is now considering to hold their…

Pakistan’s first woman foreign minister sworn in

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s first woman foreign minister — and also its youngest — was sworn in on Tuesday, ending a five-month job vacancy a week before crucial peace talks in India. Hina Rabbani Khar, aged 34, is also expected to meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the sidelines…

Bomb blasts overshadow Clinton’s India visit

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in India on Monday for a three-day visit overshadowed by the triple blasts in Mumbai last week that killed 19 people and injured more than 100. No-one has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack and the initial police investigation has failed to unearth any…

Soldiers to destroy Mexico’s largest marijuana farm

TIJUANA, Mexico — Mexican soldiers will begin destroying the country’s largest ever marijuana plantation under the watchful eyes of state prosecutors, officials said Friday, as hundreds of troops descended on the site. “We estimate that it will take at least eight days” for soldiers to destroy the 120 hectare (nearly…

Syria faces more pressure as killing goes on

Syria faced mounting international pressure, a day after at least 28 civilians were killed, including 16 in the capital Damascus and a child, as security forces opened fire to quell the largest anti-regime rallies in four months. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Syria cannot now return to the…

U.S. sponsors global meet on religious tolerance

International experts will be invited to attend a conference in the United States this year on the free expression of religious beliefs, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Friday. “Later this year, the United States intends to invite relevant experts from around the world to the first of what we hope will be…

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