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Senate confirms new commerce secretary

WASHINGTON — The US Senate confirmed businessman John Bryson as commerce secretary, replacing Gary Locke, who left the post to become the US ambassador to China. Lawmakers voted 74-26 to approve Bryson one week after the US Congress approved long-stalled free trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. President…

WikiLeaks lawyer Leonard Weinglass dies

WASHINGTON – Leonard Weinglass, a lawyer who gained notoriety representing US left-wing activists including the Chicago Seven and Pentagon Papers defendant Daniel Ellsberg, has died at 78, his law associate said Thursday. Weinglass, who recently worked with the defense team for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, died in his sleep Wednesday…