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FBI investigation of SC beating could be first case under Shepard Act

Local and federal law enforcement are probing the beating of an openly gay man in Rock Hill, South Carolina, officials confirmed to Raw Story Tuesday. The FBI and the York County Sheriff’s office are examining video that shows Joshua Esskew, an openly gay 19-year-old man, being beaten on April 9.…

Koch Industries buying ads to refute news stories

Koch Industries has launched a website and is buying advertisements on Google and Facebook to counter news stories critical of the politically-active company. Charles and David Koch, owners of Koch Industries, were principle financiers of Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker and the tea party movement. They are also supporters of…

‘Robot journalist’ out-writes human sports reporter

Somewhere in the greater Washington D.C. area, there’s a sportswriter for GWSports.com who likely wants to crawl under his or her desk and not come out for a while, lest they be mocked for being bested by a robot. Sports site Deadspin highlighted a story on GWSports, a typical baseball…

College paper trumps administration, puts whole front page ‘below fold’

The staff of the Collegian, the daily student newspaper of Philadelphia’s La Salle University, outwitted their school’s administration with a clever design choice. Told to keep a scandalous story involving a professor using an exotic dancer for a business seminar below the fold of the front page — after fighting for…

Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ life story due in 2012

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs will allow best-selling author Walter Isaacson, who chronicled the lives of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, to publish his biography next year. The Silicon Valley icon, who has battled a rare form of pancreatic cancer and undertook a liver transplant in 2009, granted exclusive interviews to the biographer over…

Libyan gang-rape victim: ‘They treat me as a terrorist’

Eman al-Obeidy, the woman whose saga of abuse, gang-rape and unlawful detention at the hands of pro-Gaddafi militiamen  in Tripoli continues to evolve, has finally surfaced. The Libyan government repeatedly insisted that she had been freed, but there was no sign of her in the media, and her family said…

AT&T’s secret f*cking loophole: If you want out of an Internet contract, just curse

Update (below): AT&T responds, and doesn’t deny it With telecom giant AT&T rolling out limitations and additional fees on how much information its Internet users can access, it seems the company is bracing for an influx of anger. In a little-noticed contract tweak recently, AT&T customer service representatives have been…

Woman gang-raped in Libya will face charges for slander

The saga of Eman al-Obeidy, the woman who burst into a Tripoli hotel full of foreign reporters Saturday and told the story of her gang-rape at the hands of pro-Gaddafi militiamen, continues. Libyan government spokesman Musa Ibrahim said Tuesday that the men al-Obeidy had implicated had filed a civil suit…

Raw Story exclusive: Willie Nelson’s prosecutor wants to see marijuana decriminalized

The Texas county attorney who’s letting musician Willie Nelson plea his marijuana charge down to a fee and a song told Raw Story in an exclusive interview that he wishes authorities could just drop the criminal penalties for pot altogether and make getting busted more like getting a parking ticket.…

NYT’s $50 million ‘paywall’ crumbles with simple code exploit

Want to stay up-to-date with The New York Times? It used to be as simple as keying up nytimes.com. Today though, with a new “paywall” that denies access to new stories to non-subscribers, avid news junkies far and wide are facing a future where information comes at an increasingly high…

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