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IMF chief gets $1 million bail in sex assault case

NEW YORK (AFP) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn was set for release on bail Friday, allowing the once powerful IMF chief to be reunited with his family for the first time since his arrest on sex assault charges. A New York court ordered him to be released as early as Friday on…

Giffords cleared to view shuttle launch: husband

WASHINGTON — Astronaut Mark Kelly says his wife, US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has been cleared to attend his space shuttle launch after recovering steadily from a brain injury sustained in a shooting. The Democratic lawmaker was shot once through the head during a January 8 shooting rampage that killed six…

Exclusive: Same sex marriage prevents Argentinian woman’s deportation

A New York woman who immigrated from Argentina scored a court victory Tuesday with her wife in their efforts to halt deportation proceedings against her. Government lawyers have agreed not to deport Monica Alcota, a citizen of Argentina, while her wife, Cristina Ojeda, proceeds with a green card petition on…

74 members of Congress file letter questioning impartiality of Justice Thomas

Seventy-four Members of Congress have signed a letter calling for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from cases involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because of his family’s financial ties to groups dedicated to lobbying against it. “The appearance of a conflict of interest merits recusal…

Supreme Court justice’s wife brands self ‘ambassador to tea party movement’

Fresh off a recent controversy about his potential conflicts of interest in the Citizens United decision, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas faced new questions this week about his judicial impartiality. This time, legal ethicists raised questions about the lobby group launched recently by Thomas’ wife, Virginia. Critics say Virginia Thomas’…

Director Blake Edwards dies in Southern California

Blake Edwards, director of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s,’ ‘Pink Panther,’ dies at age 88 Blake Edwards, the director and writer known for clever dialogue, poignance and occasional belly-laugh sight gags in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “10″ and the “Pink Panther” farces, is dead at age 88. Edwards died from complications of pneumonia…

UAE men ‘can beat wives if no marks left’

The court ruled that “a man has the right to discipline his wife and children provided he does not leave physical marks,” the Abu Dhabi-owned newspaper reported in its online edition. “Although the (law) permits the husband to use his right (to discipline), he has to abide by the limits…

Canadian pot activist Marc Emery sentenced to five years in US prison

Marc Emery, Canada’s enigmatic “Prince of Pot” who sold millions of marijuana seeds over the Internet, will face a five year punishment in the United States after a U.S. district judge in Seattle handed down his sentence on Friday. Emery, founder and publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine, is a longtime…

‘Frat House for Jesus’ senator: Each month we ask, ‘Is anybody here having an affair?’

Buried at the end of a long New Yorker article about a secretive Christian group who own a dormitory for conservative lawmakers on C Street is an odd quote by a sitting Republican senator who was accused of urging a colleague to buy off his mistress. At Talking Points Memo,…

For many Iraq veterans, ‘invisible wounds’ of war will never heal

Knocked unconscious when a roadside bomb sent his armored vehicle flying in Iraq, US Army Lieutenant Mike McMichael’s life has been haunted ever since by invisible wounds that never seem to heal. With an impaired memory and intense anxiety, McMichael suffers from what top generals call the signature wounds of…

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