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Archive for April, 2013

91-Year-Old Tax Dodger: Authorities ‘Can Take My Coffin’

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, (UPI) –  A 91-year-old woman convicted in Sweden of committing tax fraud on five occasions said authorities “can have my coffin when I’m gone.” The Local.se reported the woman, whose name was given only as Ingrid, was convicted on five counts of tax fraud dating back to the 1960s and was spared jail […]

Wizards Center Jason Collins Becomes First Openly Gay Pro Athlete

NEW YORK, (UPI) –  Washington Wizards center Jason Collins said revealing he is gay has lifted a huge weight from his shoulders. The NBA player told ABC News in an exclusive interview Tuesday that he hopes other gay athletes will “raise their hand” and realize that being gay in pro sports in not that big […]

Alex Trebek Of ‘Jeopardy!’ Not Ready To Retire

LOS ANGELES, (UPI) –  Canadian-American TV personality Alex Trebek, who has hosted the syndicated game show “Jeopardy!” since 1984, says he’s not about to retire. “Everybody’s speculating on my retirement and I don’t know why,” Trebek told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s silly,” said Trebek, who is 72 and will be 76 when his contract […]

Air Force Two Grounded In Arizona With Engine Problem

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., (UPI) –  Trouble with Air Force Two forced Vice President Joe Biden to return to Washington on an alternate plane after spending the weekend in Arizona, his office said. Biden flew back Washington leaving Air Force Two on the tarmac at Flagstaff Pulliam Airport, The Arizona Republic reported. Biden’s office told the Republic […]

Obama: Boston Marathon, Benghazi Attack Not Intelligence Failures

WASHINGTON,  (UPI) –  U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday Sen. Lindsey Graham is wrong in saying the United States has gone backwards on national security. Graham has charged the Boston Marathon bombing and the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, are examples of a failure in U.S. intelligence gathering. At a White House […]

Poll: Americans Say ‘No’ To Direct Military Action In Syria, N. Korea

NEW YORK, (UPI) –  A majority of U.S. residents say they oppose U.S. military intervention in North Korea or Syria, a New York Times-CBS News poll released Tuesday indicated. Even though the public may not support direct military action in either country now, 70 percent said they favor use of remotely piloted aircraft to carry […]

American Indians Angered Over Photo Used In Pro-Gun Billboard

GREENLEY, Colo.,  (UPI) –  Two billboards promoting gun rights in Colorado prompted ire from some who say using a photo of American Indians as part of the gun debate is “insensitive.” The two billboards display black-and-white images of three American Indians with the caption, “Turn in your arms. The government will take care of you.” […]

Suit Claims Virgin Pilot Held Passenger For Not Flushing Toilet

SAN FRANCISCO, (UPI) –  A passenger sued Virgin America, charging he was detained upon arrival in San Francisco because a flight attendant claimed he didn’t flush a toilet. The suit, which seeks $500,000 in damages, was filed last week in the Northern District of California, Philly.com reported. The complaint said Virgin America violated Salvatore Bevivino’s […]

Federal Death Penalty Attorney To Defend Tsarnaev

BOSTON, (UPI) –  The lawyer who saved Tucson shooter Jared Loughner and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski from the death penalty was assigned to defend the alleged Boston Marathon bomber. San Diego criminal defense attorney Judy Clarke has the “background, knowledge and experience” that will “enable her to provide adequate representation” to suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, U.S. Magistrate […]

Gun Sales Soar, War On Privacy, Obama’s Liked (In Mexico), Amnesty And ‘Instant’ Welfare, Put That Sex In Writing: Tuesday Morning News Roundup 4-30-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

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