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Apr 08,2009
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Charter School for Applied Technologies in Buffalo, N.Y., will keep its dress code regulations that outlaw student piercings, the school's founder says. Businessman Fred Saia, who serves as school board president, said while Charter sophomore Vallery Marx has been leading a call for facial jewelry to be allowed at the school, the board of trustees has denied such a request, The Buffalo News said Wednesday. "We have to keep the tradition that we started," ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A proposal to place a $5 tax on a prostitute's services will probably die in committee unless Nevada lawmakers take action this week, observers say. The Nevada Senate Taxation Committee ended a hearing without voting on Senate Bill 369 to tax legal brothels, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. The panel took testimony from a variety of witnesses Tuesday. "Can we be so proud as to refuse money that is offered from a ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
NEW YORK -- An attorney for Ruth Madoff, wife of disgraced investor Bernard Madoff, says his client will fight the government's seizure of $62 million and two homes. Court documents filed by attorney Ira Sorkin contend the money and the residences in Manhattan and on the tip of Long Island, N.Y., were not the result of her husband's investment Ponzi scheme and are not subject to forfeiture. Sorkin declined comment on the filings. However, the New York ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Gun-control law support in the United States is at an all-time low, a Gallup Poll survey taken before last week's massacre in Binghamton, N.Y., indicates. Twenty-nine percent of Americans asked said they favored banning possession of handguns by private citizens, the smallest approval percentage since Gallup first asked the question nearly 50 years ago, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said Wednesday in releasing the results. The latest results are from the latest installment of ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- KFC alleges in a federal lawsuit that a supplier provided the U.S. restaurant chain with food packages that ignited when reheated in a microwave. KFC spokesman Rick Maynard said the popcorn chicken packages supplied by Paris Packaging of Paris, Texas, have all been pulled from all KFC locations following complaints that they were flammable, the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal said Wednesday. Maynard said no injuries were reported as a result of the food packaging. KFC, a ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- An Arizona judge called 31-year-old Neil Rodreick a fixated pedophile and sentenced him to 70 years for posing as a 12-year-old boy and enrolling in school. Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Thomas Lindberg said Roderick represented a danger to the community and handed down consecutive 17-year prison terms for each of four charges stemming from child pornography found on Rodreick's computer. Roderick remained silent during Tuesday's hearing in Prescott, The (Prescott, Ariz.) Daily Courier ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
NEW YORK -- A New York City judge ruled that an ex-police officer can't have his job back despite his claims that the cocaine in his system came from his girlfriend. Supreme Court Justice Eileen Rakower said Jon Goldin had voluntarily agreed to be tested in 2006 and wasn't eligible to return to the force even though the New York Police Department had been ordered to halt the testing in 2007. The 15-year-veteran was a helicopter pilot ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
NASHVILLE -- A Tennessee teacher accused of filming teenagers having sex has selected a public defender to represent him in federal court proceedings. Louis Jay Levine told U.S. Magistrate Judge John Bryant that he is pleased with Hugh Mundy, an assistant federal public defender, as his counsel, The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville reported. Levine, 52, read the criminal complaint against him during a 20-minute court appearance. A preliminary hearing in his case is scheduled for Friday, the ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Air Force is dropping fewer bombs in Afghanistan, reflecting a change in tactics against insurgents, military statistics indicate. Air Force data shows that the overall tonnage of munitions dropped onto Afghanistan in 2008 was 1,314 tons, reversing a trend from 2004 to 2007 that saw tonnage figures jump 1,100 percent from 163 tons to 1,956 tons, USA Today reported Wednesday. Dakota Wood, a military analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, ... [full story]
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Apr 07,2009
NEW ORLEANS -- Attorneys for former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., and federal prosecutors are battling over the definition of bribery, court documents show. Calling the Jefferson's contention that his alleged conduct didn't meet the definition of bribery, the Justice Department in briefs filed Friday accused his attorneys of recycling "many of his previously rejected legal theories all of which seek to shield his illegal and corrupt schemes from the reach of the federal bribery statutes," ... [full story]
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Apr 07,2009
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont legalized same-sex marriage Tuesday when both houses of the state legislature voted to override the governor's veto. The first state in the United States to adopt civil unions, Vermont is now the first to legalize marriage for homosexual couples by legislative action, The Burlington Free Press reported. In Massachusetts, Connecticut and, last week, Iowa, the state courts found that bans on homosexual marriage are unconstitutional. Republican Gov. Jim Douglas vetoed the same-sex marriage ... [full story]
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Apr 07,2009
CHICAGO -- U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., has been queried by federal investigators probing the actions of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, sources say. Citing unnamed sources, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday that Jackson has been asked by investigators why Blagojevich allegedly believed Jackson would be willing to contribute campaign cash to him in an exchange for an appointment to U.S. President Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. The Sun-Times said Jackson and his lawyer met ... [full story]
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Apr 07,2009
CLEVELAND -- A Connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee will need numerous surgeries during the next two years, say doctors at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic. Charla Nash, 55, suffered brain damage, was permanently blinded, and lost both hands and parts of her face when she was attacked Feb. 16 by a friend's chimpanzee, who was shot and killed by Stamford, Conn., police. Nash remains in critical but stable condition at the Cleveland Clinic, where doctors said it could ... [full story]
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