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Italy Court Sentences Berlusconi to 1 Year Jail in Wiretap Trial

Source: Reuters

@Reuters: Italy court sentences Berlusconi to 1 year in jail in wiretap trial: judge says in court #breaking

@BreakingNews: Former Italian PM Berlusconi sentenced to 1 year in prison; won't serve time until all appeals complete

Italy court sentences Berlusconi to 1 year jail in wiretap trial

Thu Mar 7, 2013 6:10am EST

MILAN (Reuters) - An Italian court on Thursday sentenced former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to a one-year jail term for making public the taped contents of a confidential phone call in a case related to a 2005 banking scandal.

The sentence, which was read in court by the judge, came as Berlusconi is facing two other trials for alleged tax fraud and paying for sex with an underage prostitute.

Prosecutors in the wiretap case had asked for a one-year jail term for the media tycoon.

Berlusconi, who has denied any wrongdoing, can seek to have the decision overturned before a court of appeal.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE9260FG20130307

North Korea Vows to Cancel Korean War Cease-Fire Amid Talk of New Sanctions

Source: CBS News

North Korea vows to cancel Korean War cease-fire amid talk of new sanctions, continued U.S. military drills
March 05, 2013

SEOUL, South Korea North Korea is vowing to cancel the 1953 Korean War cease-fire because of sanctions and ongoing U.S.-South Korean joint military drills.

North Korea's Korean People's Army Supreme Command made the statement Tuesday amid reports that Washington and North Korean ally Beijing have approved a draft of punishing resolutions that is expected to be circulated among U.N. Security Council members this week.

North Korea's latest nuclear test on Feb. 12 was its third. The United States and others worry that North Korea is pushing closer toward its goal of having nuclear-armed missiles that can reach America.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57572520/north-korea-vows-to-cancel-korean-war-cease-fire-amid-talk-of-new-sanctions-continued-u.s-military-drills

Tom Tomorrow: The New Improved Republican Party (Keep It Up, GOP)

Daily Kos Link: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/03/04/1190743/-New-and-improved

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British Inquiry Shown Graphic Evidence of Iraq Torture

Source: Reuters

British inquiry shown graphic evidence of Iraq torture

By Estelle Shirbon

Mon Mar 4, 2013 9:19am EST

LONDON (Reuters) - A public inquiry in London into allegations that British soldiers killed, mutilated and tortured Iraqi detainees after a battle in southern Iraq was shown gruesome photographs of bloodied corpses on Monday.

The Al-Sweady Inquiry, ordered by the British government in 2009 to get to the bottom of disputed events in the aftermath of the battle of Danny Boy on May 14, 2004, began oral hearings after three years of exhaustive detective work.

The allegations are that soldiers captured a number of Iraqis during fighting near the Danny Boy checkpoint, about 5 km (three miles) from the town of Majar al-Kabir, and took them to the Camp Abu Naji base, where some were murdered and others tortured.

The military denies any unlawful killings or ill-treatment in the aftermath of the battle.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE9230KC20130304

Report: Miracle Baby Dies After NYC Hit-And-Run

Source: CBS News

Report: Miracle baby dies after NYC hit-and-run

March 04, 2013

NEW YORK A newborn baby boy who was delivered by emergency cesarean section after his parents were killed in a horrific hit-and-run crash in New York City has died, reports CBS station WCBS-TV.

The baby's death was confirmed by community leader Isaac Abraham.

The boy, who only weighed four pounds, died early Monday morning as police continue to search for the driver of a BMW and a passenger who fled the scene of the crash.

Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, were looking forward to welcoming their first child into their tight-knit Orthodox community.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57572313/report-miracle-baby-dies-after-nyc-hit-and-run

Breaking: Obama Signs Sequestration Order to Begin $85 Billion in Spending Cuts

Source: CBS News

Pres Obama has now signed the sequestration order putting in place $85 bil in automatic spending cuts.
by Steve Holland via twitter 8:41 PM

Obama signs order to begin spending cuts
March 01, 2013

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama has signed an order authorizing the government to begin cutting $85 billion from federal accounts, officially enacting across-the-board reductions that he opposed but failed to avert.

Obama acted Friday, the deadline for the president and Congress to avoid the steep, one-year cuts.

Obama has insisted on replacing the cuts, known as a "sequester" in government budget language, with tax increases and cuts spread out over time. Republicans have rejected any plan that included tax revenue.

The government says the reductions will soon result in furlough notices to government employees and will trim government spending on defense contracts and in domestic government programs. Active military personnel and anti-poverty and low-income assistance programs are largely protected from the cuts.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57572184/obama-signs-order-to-begin-spending-cuts

ReutersTV: Who's Afraid of Elizabeth Warren?

Texas School Employee Shot in Gun Safety Class


THURSDAY, FEB 28, 2013 6:32 PM UTC

Texas school employee shot in gun safety class

In a district-sponsored workshop on arming school, an employee is accidentally wounded


A Texas public school employee was accidentally shot and wounded during a district-sponsored handgun safety class. According to local news sources KLTV and the Tyler Morning Telegraph, maintenance worker Glenn Geddie was accidentally shot after a training session aimed toward arming employees.

A statement from the district superintendent read:

At the conclusion of the CHL training on February 27, 2013, one certified person stayed for private instruction with the instructor and had a mechanical malfunction with his weapon. With the assistance of the instructor, the malfunction was addressed, but the gun misfired and the bullet ricocheted coming back to strike the VISD employee in the left leg. The VISD employee was attended to at the scene and transferred to Tyler for further treatment. The injury is not life threatening or disabling. Because of privacy and security issues we cannot make any further statement.

The accident will not affect the district’s decision, in light of the Sandy Hook massacre and other school shootings, to arm employees. Since the Connecticut shooting, a number of school districts nationwide have moved to arm teachers and school employees either by pushing for a legislation shifts on concealed weapons in schools, or, as in one Michigan township, by training school employees as volunteer reserve police officers, enabling them to carry concealed arms.

Attorney General Files Brief Asking SCOTUS to Overturn California Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Source: CBS News

@CBSNews: JUST IN: Attorney General Eric Holder files brief asking Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on same sex marriages

Obama administration urges Supreme Court to overturn gay marriage ban

Opponents of Proposition 8, California's anti-gay-marriage bill, celebrate outside the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Feb. 7, 2012. / GETTY IMAGES
Updated 7:07 PM ET

WASHINGTON In a historic argument for gay rights, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban and turn a skeptical eye on similar prohibitions across the country.

The Obama administration's friend-of-the-court brief marked the first time a U.S. president has urged the high court to expand the right of gays and lesbians to wed. The filing unequivocally calls on the justices to strike down California's Proposition 8 ballot measure, although it stops short of the soaring rhetoric on marriage equality Obama expressed in his inaugural address in January.

The Justice Department issued a statement by Attorney General Eric Holder about the government's filing:

"In our filing today in Hollingsworth v. Perry," said Holder, "the government seeks to vindicate the defining constitutional ideal of equal treatment under the law. Throughout history, we have seen the unjust consequences of decisions and policies rooted in discrimination. The issues before the Supreme Court in this case and the Defense of Marriage Act case are not just important to the tens of thousands Americans who are being denied equal benefits and rights under our laws, but to our Nation as a whole."

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57571952/obama-administration-urges-supreme-court-to-overturn-gay-marriage-ban/

Breaking: Senate Rejects Rival Bills to Prevent $85 Billion Sequester Spending Cuts

Source: The Hill

Senate rejects rival bills to prevent $85B sequester spending cuts

By Alexander Bolton - 02/28/13 03:15 PM ET

The Senate on Thursday rejected rival proposals to stop the sequester, ensuring the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts will begin on Friday.

A bill crafted by Senate Democrats won 51 votes, while a Republican alternative won only 38 votes. Three Democrats — Sens. Mary Landrieu (La.), Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Kay Hagan (N.C.), who are all up for reelection in 2014 — voted against their party's bill, which fell 51-49.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also switched his vote to no, a procedural move that would allow him to bring the bill to the floor in the future.

Both plans needed 60 votes to advance, and as expected neither came close to meeting that threshold.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/285573-senate-rejects-last-minute-effort-to-stop-the-sequester#ixzz2ME8hWYnc
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