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Florida sold citizens’ driver’s license information for $62 million

The State of Florida made $62,968,946 from the sale of Floridians driver’s license information in the last fiscal year, a practice that has been occurring almost unknown for years. I-Team investigator Michael George reported that the state’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles sells drivers’ license information, including Floridians…

U.S. sued by 22,000 would-be immigrants: lawyers

WASHINGTON — A lawsuit has been filed against the State Department alleging it unfairly denied 22,000 would-be legal immigrants the right to permanent residency in the United States, their lawyers said Monday. White and Associates said it filed the lawsuit in the District Court for the District of Colombia charging…

Sudan army planes ‘downed’ amid UN alarm

KHARTOUM (AFP) – Embattled fighters in north Sudan’s flashpoint state of South Kordofan claimed they had shot down two northern army planes, and said the conflict had so far displaced 75,000 people. UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for an end to the conflict in central Sudan, saying in a statement…

United States developing anti-censorship Internet systems

WASHINGTON — The US government is financing the development of “shadow” Internet systems to enable dissidents abroad to get around government censors, The New York Times reported on Sunday. The newspaper said the covert effort also includes attempts to create independent cellphone networks inside foreign countries. The operation involves a…

Texas GOP Senator: Obama has ‘bias’ against Texas

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Friday repeatedly accused the Obama administration of harboring a bias against Texas and treating it worse than it treats other states. “I see a bias in this administration against Texas. I do see it in this administration, absolutely,” the state’s senior senator…

Powers plot ‘post-Gaddafi’ future as rebels eye cash

ABU DHABI (AFP) – Major powers met Thursday to plot out what US officials call a democratic “post-Gaddafi Libya” as the rebels warned the talks would be a failure if they secured no concrete financial support. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and counterparts from NATO and other countries participating…

Bachmann’s new campaign manager panned her chances of winning

Ed Rollins signed on this week as campaign manager for Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) ahead of what is presumed to be the official announcement of her presidential campaign, to take place in her birthplace of Waterloo, Iowa in the coming weeks. Rollins, a seasoned campaign operative and political analyst, had…

Clinton heads to UAE for talks on Libya

SHANNON, Ireland (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew Wednesday to the Gulf to consult with countries backing military action in Libya and looking at more ways to help the Libyan opposition. The talks in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on Thursday come after President Barack Obama said…

ACLU calls on Justice Department to end racially biased searches by Illinois State Police

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, calling for an investigation into alleged persistent racial bias in consent searches conducted by Illinois State Police (ISP) troopers. Data collected under the Illinois Traffic Stop Statistical Study Act of 2003…

U.S. inmates’ 40 years in solitary must end: Amnesty

LONDON (AFP) – Two US prisoners who have been held in solitary confinement for nearly 40 years should have their isolation ended immediately, Amnesty International said Tuesday. Albert Woodfox, 64, and Herman Wallace, 69, have been held in solitary at Louisiana State Penitentiary ever since they were convicted of murdering…

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