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  • Execution of woman in Texas postponed, lawyers to argue jury discrimination [Kimberly McCarthy]

    01/29/2013 11:42:57 PM PST · by Jeff Winston · 11 replies
    Yahoo / Reuters ^ | January 29, 2013 | Corrie McLaggan
    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The execution of Kimberly McCarthy was postponed by a Texas judge on Tuesday, the day she was to die, to give her lawyers time to argue that racial discrimination played a role in choosing the jury that convicted her. It was rescheduled for April 3 and, if carried out, McCarthy will be the first woman to be put to death in the United States in nearly three years.
  • Police Captain Exonerated in Wife's Murder, Freed From Prison

    01/29/2013 11:29:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Tue January 29, 2013 | Jim Kavanagh
    A former Akron, Ohio, police captain who was convicted of murdering his wife in 1997, has been cleared of the crime and released after more than 14 years in prison. Douglas Prade walked out of the Madison Correctional Institution around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, CNN affiliate WOIO reported, a few hours after Summit County Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter ruled he was innocent of the crime and ordered him released. County officials said they will appeal the decision. Margo Prade, a popular doctor, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in her vehicle in her office's parking lot in November 1997....
  • Europe: The world’s new superpower

    01/29/2013 11:22:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    National Post ^ | Jan 29, 2013 10:10 AM ET | Anne Applebaum
    “A decade of war is now ending,” U.S. President Barack Obama declared Monday. Maybe that’s true in America, but it isn’t true anywhere else. Extremists are still plotting acts of terror. Authoritarian and autocratic regimes are still using violence to preserve their power. The United States can step back from international conflicts, but that won’t make them disappear. Fortunately, there is another power that shares America’s economic and political values, that possesses sophisticated military technology and is also very interested in stopping the progress of fanatical movements, especially in North Africa and the Middle East. That power is Europe. …...
  • Clinton supporters form super PAC in case she runs

    01/29/2013 11:07:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2013 5:41 PM EST
    Some grass-roots supporters of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have formed a super PAC to help a potential Clinton presidential campaign in 2016—even though Clinton says she hasn’t decided her plans. A super PAC called “Ready for Hillary” was registered with the Federal Election Commission on Friday and the group plans to launch its website in the coming weeks. …
  • Groupons response to gun related merchants.

    01/29/2013 11:03:27 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 17 replies
    Groupon Support Hi, Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us. We understand that this is a sensitive topic, and that some of our customers may not agree with our choice to pause the promotion of firearm-related deals. Groupon has always aimed to offer a diverse range of products and services to meet the various tastes and interests of our subscribers. However, at this time, enough customers and merchants have voiced their opinions that we believe a hiatus is warranted. Please note that we have never sold guns, and this hiatus only applies to firearm-related deals including...
  • Hawaii, D.C. give Obama top ratings in '12

    01/29/2013 10:51:32 PM PST · by Red Steel · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 28, 2013 at 11:49 AM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Hawaii and the District of Columbia were the most likely to approve of President Obama in 2012 while Utah and Wyoming were least likely, Gallup said. This year's top approval rankings saw Rhode Island move into the top 10 states plus the District, and Illinois drop out, Gallup's analysis of its Daily tracking for last year, released Monday, indicated. Among the bottom 11 states, Kentucky and South Dakota dropped out, replaced by Alabama and Nebraska. Obama received majority approval in 14 states and the District of Columbia, compared with the 26 states and the...
  • Obama Immigration Plan vs. 'Gang of Eight': How They Differ

    01/29/2013 10:38:00 PM PST · by Red Steel · 14 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | January 29, 2013
    President Barack Obama laid out his plan for comprehensive immigration reform Tuesday that largely mirrored an immigration proposal unveiled by a bipartisan group of senators a day earlier – with some important differences. Both plans agree on the same four core principles for comprehensive immigration reform: strengthening border security, create an employee verification system, a pathway to citizenship, and fixing the legal immigration system. But here is how they differ: Pathway to Citizenship The most striking difference between them is how to get an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the United States on the pathway to citizenship. The...
  • For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

    01/29/2013 10:34:01 PM PST · by GodfearingTexan · 52 replies
    "beside a stream there was a dwelling. Blackened by time and rain, the hut was piled up on all sides with taiga rubbish—bark, poles, planks. If it hadn't been for a window the size of my backpack pocket, it would have been hard to believe that people lived there. But they did, no doubt about it.... Our arrival had been noticed, as we could see."
  • Boehner spokesman to Obama: Don’t mess up immigration effort

    01/29/2013 10:27:07 PM PST · by Red Steel · 35 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 29, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Rosalind S. Helderman
    A spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner warned President Obama Tuesday not to derail bipartisan efforts to overhaul immigration laws by pushing more liberal proposals than those under consideration in Congress. “There are a lot of ideas about how best to fix our broken immigration system,” spokesman Brendan Buck said in a statement, responding to Obama’s Las Vegas speech on immigration. “Any solution should be a bipartisan one, and we hope the President is careful not to drag the debate to the left and ultimately disrupt the difficult work that is ahead in the House and Senate.”
  • Cops shoot dogs in front of Pennsylvania high school

    01/29/2013 10:22:16 PM PST · by Daffynition · 86 replies
    NBCNews ^ | Jan 30, 2013 | asani Gittens
    A dog fight ended with a hail of bullets in a Philadelphia suburb, leaving residents shocked and looking for answers. The incident started on Friday at around noon when a stray dog got into a pickup truck at a red light in Chester, Pa., and began fighting with another pooch, reported. [cell-phone video at source]
  • A Battle Conservatives Need to Fight

    01/29/2013 10:21:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1.25.13 | LARRY THORNBERRY
    Yes, Dear, I Mean Yes, Sir, I mean Yes Ma’am, I mean Yes, Ms., I mean… It’s absolutely stunning that we’re even talking about this. Have we taken total leave of our senses? --snip-- Opening combat positions to women, our clueless commander in chief says, is an “historic step toward harnessing the talents and skills of all our citizens.” If Obama imagines that one woman in a hundred has what it takes to be a kick-butt, infantry ground-pounder, he’s led a more sheltered life than I ever imagined. Obama ends his statement with this howler: “Today, every American can be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-30-13

    01/29/2013 10:13:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 01-30-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 30, 2013 Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Heb 10:11-18 Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins.But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool.For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying: This is the covenant I will establish with themafter those days, says the Lord:“I will...
  • Sinkhole Swallows Whole Building Complex in China

    01/29/2013 10:11:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Jan 2013
    A sinkhole swallows an entire building complex in China's southern Guangdong province.The group of buildings was totally swallowed by the hole which appeared near the construction site of a new underground train station in Guangzhou, one of China's biggest cities. The first building collapsed at 1620 local time (0820 GMT). The other three buildings then fell into the ten metre hole later that evening, according to China state television CCTV.
  • Minesweeper to be cut up for removal from Philippine reef

    01/29/2013 10:06:54 PM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 32 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 29 Jan 13 | Matthew M. Burke
    SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy minesweeper that got stuck on a reef off the coast of the Philippines will have to be dismantled and removed in sections, a process that is expected to take over a month, Navy officials said Wednesday. The salvage plan is still under review by the Philippine Coast Guard, but it likely means the end for the 23-year-old USS Guardian. “Our naval architecture and salvage experts have reviewed all possible alternatives, and our only supportable option is to dismantle the damaged ship and remove it in sections,” Pacific Fleet spokesman Lt. Anthony Falvo wrote...
  • 16-Year-Old Screamed as He Was Hacked to Death With Swords in Central London

    01/29/2013 9:44:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 Jan 2013 | Hayley Dixon
    A mother was forced to stand at a police cordon and watch as her 16-year-old son bled to death after he was stabbed to death with "swords" in a busy central London street.The boy, who has not been named, was heard screaming for his life as he was attacked in Lupus street, Pimlico, shortly before 7pm yesterday, eyewitnesses have claimed. He was rushed to hospital where he died from his wounds, becoming the first teenager to be killed in London this year. Scotland Yard have launched a murder inquiry and said that they are keeping an “open mind” on the...
  • Watchdog says taxpayers may lose $27B in bailout

    01/29/2013 9:38:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2013 12:03 AM EST | Marcy Gordon
    A government watchdog says U.S. taxpayers stand to lose $27 billion from the 2008 financial bailout, up from an estimate of $22 billion made in the fall. A report issued Wednesday by the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program says the estimate is higher because of increased losses for the Treasury Department on sales of shares in bailed-out companies. Ally Financial, the former financial arm for General Motors, still owes $14.6 billion of the $17.2 billion in aid it received. The report says taxpayers can expect to lose $5.5 billion on that investment because of the company's...
  • Breaking: NM Gun Control Measure Stalls on 8-8 Vote

    01/29/2013 9:32:10 PM PST · by forty_years · 3 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | Monday Janueary 28, 2013 POSTED: 7:46 pm | Milan Simonich
    [Thanks to all Freepers who helped out.]After nearly five hours of heated testimony and debate, a measure that would have required mandatory background checks for firearm purchases from gun shows or private vendors failed to advance in the New Mexico’s House of Representatives. ...One Democratic legislator, Rep. Eliseo Alcon, D-Milan, joined with the committee’s Republican members in voting against the legislation. The other Democratic committee members voted in favor it. ...Note that: ... About 180 people attended the hearing, a turnout so large that debate on the bill was moved to the floor of the House of Representatives, the most...
  • Obama's Immigration Plan: Expedite 11 Million Illegal Immigrants to Citizenship

    01/29/2013 9:26:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | January 29, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    President Obama has wrapped up his $1.6 million campaign event immigration reform speech in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Now is the time for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform," Obama said. Piggybacking off of a bipartisan immigration reform plan presented by eight Senators yesterday, Obama called on Congress to quickly come up with legislation. "We can't allow immigration reform to get bogged down in endless debate," Obama said. "For the first time in years, Republicans and Democrats seem ready to attack this problem together." Although Obama focused on further enforcement as a top priority for reform, he stressed the need to expedite...
  • FBI agents Raid S. Fla. Office of Eye Doc Tied to Gift, Prostitution Controversy w/ Sen. Menendez

    01/29/2013 9:21:24 PM PST · by kristinn · 8 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | Marc A. Caputo
    FBI agents raid South Florida office of eye doc tied to gift, prostitution controversy with Sen. Bob Menendez Source link. FBI agents raided the West Palm Beach business of an eye doctor accused in the conservative press of providing free trips and even Dominican Republic prostitutes to New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez — who has denied what he calls the “fallacious allegations.” Agents gathered at the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to Menendez and other prominent politicians, late Tuesday night to start hauling away potential evidence in about a dozen white vans. The exact focus of the...
  • Media Bias Exposed: MSNBC Doctors Video to Push Left-Wing Agenda

    01/29/2013 9:15:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | January 29, 2013 | Daniel Doherty
    The elite media and scores of journalists on the left are outraged today because a group of pro-gun rights activists allegedly “heckled” Neil Heslin, the father of six-year-old Jesse Lewis -- one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre -- during a Connecticut hearing on gun violence on Tuesday. Here’s the MSNBC clip making the rounds on Twitter: But wait. As Twitchy points out, the original video has obviously been altered and tampered with (fast forward to the 15:05 mark):VideoIt’s abundantly clear that someone at MSNBC doctored the original video in order to (a) push their radical,...