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Afghan shooting latest scandal for troubled U.S. base

SEATTLE, Washington — The US soldier held for shooting dead 16 Afghan villagers at the weekend was stationed at a military base south of Seattle which has been plagued by scandal and tragedy. Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), which could in theory host a court martial for the unidentified serviceman, has…

Romney: ‘I am big believer in getting money’ from Washington

In a 2002 video recently uncovered by ABC News, then-Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Mitt Romney bragged about being able to get taxpayer dollars from Washington, D.C., despite his current attacks on federal subsidies. “I am big believer in getting money where the money is,” Romney said in an address to the…

Alleged WikiLeaks source Manning to be charged

Bradley Manning, the US soldier suspected of leaking a trove of secret military and diplomatic documents to the WikiLeaks website, was to be formally charged in a military court on Thursday. The 24-year-old will be charged with 22 counts — the most serious being aiding the enemy — in a…

Washington man burns down house, killing self and children

Officers in Graham, Washington found the bodies of a father and his two children on Sunday, after the man apparently set his own home ablaze. According to CBS News, Josh Powell set his home ablaze with his two sons, seven-year-old Charles and five-year-old Braden, trapped with him. Powell’s wife, Susan,…

Washington state marijuana legalization headed for ballot

(Reuters) – Supporters of legalizing marijuana for recreational use have submitted enough signatures to put the matter to voters in Washington state in a bold move that, if successful, could put Olympia on a collision course with the federal government. The group New Approach Washington submitted nearly 278,000 valid signatures…

Washington state to legalize same sex marriage

After obtaining the 25 votes required for passage, the state of Washington appears ready to legalize same sex marriage. State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen (D) said she would be the final vote and released a statement. “I know this announcement makes me the so-called 25th vote, the vote that ensures…

Pro-choice occupiers crash anti-abortion event

The pro-life group March for Life became the latest to join the list of those receiving a mic check from protesters. During a March of Life ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, pro-choice activists took over the event with a lengthy interruption before security escorted them…

Firm stops file sharing after Megaupload case

(Reuters) – FileSonic, a website providing online data storage, has disabled its file sharing services following a U.S.-led crackdown on a rival website and amid heated debate over Washington’s attempts to clamp down on online piracy. Police in New Zealand and Europe have made a number of arrests in recent…

House Republicans try to cheer each other up at retreat

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives, having seen their 2010 election victory dissolve into a near-suicidal tax fight, are promoting a repackaged jobs message they hope carries them to victory in the 2012 elections. At a three-day retreat at a harborfront hotel in Baltimore, an hour’s drive…

Romney: I ‘lived in the real streets’

Multimillionaire Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday claimed he was a regular person who “lived in the real streets of America.” During a CNN-sponsored debate in South Carolina, the former Massachusetts governor said that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s “involvement in Washington is a perfect example of why we…

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