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US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal ... Full Story

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  • US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years
    US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars to apply for clemency, officials announced Wednesday.

  • 9th suspect in NC kidnapping turns self in to FBI
    9th suspect in NC kidnapping turns self in to FBI

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said.

  • USAF: Colombia crash caused by plane hitting hill

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Air Force investigators say a plane crash that killed four people in Colombia this past fall occurred when the plane's pilots failed to stay over water and slammed into a hill.

  • Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name
    Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge granted a request Wednesday to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

  • Wellness programs grow more popular with employers
    Wellness programs grow more popular with employers

    That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder with a looming change under the federal health care overhaul.

  • High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday said a federal law limits how much money victims of child pornography can recover from people who viewed their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. To dissenting justices called on Congress to change the law to benefit victims.

  • Republican activists push party on gay marriage

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — As bans against gay marriage crumble and public opinion on the issue shifts rapidly, some Republicans are pushing the party to drop its opposition to same-sex unions, part of a broader campaign to get the GOP to appeal to younger voters by de-emphasizing social issues.

  • Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying

    BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal.

  • California bill reignites affirmative action fight
    California bill reignites affirmative action fight

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state's powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunty for conservatives.

  • Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon
    Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — For all the tens of billions of dollars that the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes themselves.

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