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Court Overturns Conviction of Berlusconi in Sex Case

Source: The New York Times

ROME — An appeals court in Milan on Friday overturned the conviction of the former Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, for paying for sex with a minor, and revoked his seven-year prison sentence and a lifetime ban from holding public office.

Mr. Berlusconi, 77, was found guilty just over a year ago of paying for sex with a young woman named Karima el-Mahroug, nicknamed “Ruby Heart-Stealer,” when she was still a minor, and abusing his office to cover it up.

He appealed the conviction, and the Milanese court ruled in his favor, dealing Mr. Berlusconi a legal victory that strengthens his waning position within the Italian political arena.

The former prime minister was not present in court on Friday; he was in Cesano Boscone, about seven miles outside Milan, at a nursing home where he is serving a year of community service assisting Alzheimer’s patients one day a week, a sentence he received in a separate conviction for tax fraud. Mr. Berlusconi left the care home without speaking to reporters, but he rolled down the window of his car to shake the hand of a supporter who yelled out: “Justice is done!”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/19/world/europe/court-overturns-conviction-of-berlusconi-in-sex-case.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=WO_COC_20140718&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1388552400000&bicmet=1420088400000&_r=1
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Jul 18, 2014, 03:33 PM (13 replies)

Obama opens East Coast to oil search

Source: The Associated Press

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The Obama administration has approved the use of sonic cannons to explore for oil and gas off the Eastern Shore.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday formally approved guidelines for using air cannons in the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to Delaware.

Energy companies could buy new oil and gas leases and begin drilling in 2018 if they find profitable reserves.

The guidelines are meant to protect endangered whales and other creatures from the loud noises and increased vessel traffic, but the government's environmental impact study estimates that more than 138,000 sea creatures could be harmed.

Read more: http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=5qTaYHfq
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Jul 18, 2014, 10:28 AM (57 replies)

Boehner says no to impeachment

Source: The Hill

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday said he doesn't support calls from members of his party to impeach President Obama.

Asked about former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's comments that Obama should be impeached over the influx of child migrants illegally crossing the border, Boehner said, “I disagree.”

Then asked about members of the House GOP who have also urged for impeachment, Boehner repeated, “I disagree.”

Palin called for Obama’s impeachment on Tuesday in an op-ed for Breitbart News.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/211689-boehner-says-no-to-impeachment
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Jul 9, 2014, 02:49 PM (32 replies)

Sanders backs VA pick

Source: The Hill

enate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) voiced his support Wednesday for the Obama administration's pick to lead the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, hinting at a smooth confirmation process.

Sanders labeled his hour-long Tuesday sit-down with former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald “a really good meeting.”

“I was impressed by his devotion to veterans, by his service in the military, by his corporate service and knowledge of running a very, very large entity,” Sanders told reporters.

“I have a feeling he’s going to be a very good secretary at the VA,” he added.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/211715-sanders-endorses-va-pick
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Jul 9, 2014, 02:44 PM (0 replies)

Nazareth mayor looking into allegations against police chief

Nazareth Mayor Carl R. Strye Jr. said he personally is looking into a resident's allegations of racism, bullying and other wrongdoing against police Chief Thomas Trachta, but added, "I'm convinced most of this is unfounded."

Strye's action comes a day after political blogger Bernie O'Hare urged Borough Council to fire the five-year police chief over several infractions alleged by O'Hare, including using code words such as UNB to refer to "unwanted N-word in Borough."

"If were doing anything like that, I'd have heard about it and I've never, ever heard anyone say that was going on," Strye said Tuesday, referring to the code words. "There's no way it's true. I'm talking with the officers, and I'll take a look at some of these other things. If reprimands are warranted, we'll do that, but I'm convinced most of this is unfounded."

O'Hare, a Nazareth resident who says his campaign to get Trachta fired has led at least one officer to try to intimidate him, is less than confident Strye will conduct a valid investigation.

more: http://www.mcall.com/news/local/nazareth/mc-nazareth-mayor-responds-20140708,0,3367724.story
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Jul 9, 2014, 07:53 AM (1 replies)

American cuts Venezuela flights in trapped-cash dispute


American Airlines Group, the U.S. carrier with the most flights to Latin America, will reduce weekly trips to Venezuela to 10 from 48 because of an unresolved dispute over cash trapped there.

American will drop service between Caracas and New York’s John F. Kennedy International airport, Dallas-Fort Worth and San Juan, Puerto Rico, after July 1, Casey Norton, an airline spokesman, said in an e-mail Tuesday. American Airlines had $750 million trapped in Venezuela as of March 31.

At least 11 carriers have cut capacity, sales or routes to Venezuela and Air Canada discontinued service to the country in March. The airlines are hamstrung by Venezuela’s strict currency controls, which prevent them from repatriating earnings from tickets sold in the country without government authorization. As of April, they had the equivalent of $3.9 billion stuck in bolivars, according to the International Air Transport Association.

“We value our business and longstanding relationships with the government,” Norton said. “However, since we are owed a substantial amount and have been unable to reach resolution on the debt, we will significantly reduce our flights to the country.”

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/06/17/4183920/american-cuts-venezuela-flights.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Jun 17, 2014, 03:47 PM (19 replies)

Johnson won't back nominee for ambassador to Norway

Source: Argus Leader

President Obama's nominee to be the next ambassador to Norway ran into more trouble Thursday when South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson announced that he will oppose the nomination.

Johnson's decision puts the nomination of George Tsunis in peril, as he joins fellow Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken from Minnesota in opposing Tsunis. Democrats enjoy a 53-45 majority with two independents who caucus with the majority party. With the three Upper Midwest Democrats opposing the nomination, Tsunis has, at most, 52 votes if Republicans vote as a bloc to oppose the nomination.

Tsunis, the CEO of Chartwell Hotels, was a wealthy donor to Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. But he gained infamy earlier this year when he flubbed his nomination hearing. Under questioning, he demonstrated little knowledge about Norway, its system of government or economy, and he outraged many Norwegians by referring to one of the country's ruling political parties as "fringe elements that have a microphone that spew their hatred."

Johnson said Tsunis is not the right person for the job.

Read more: http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2014/06/13/johnson-back-nominee-ambassador-norway/10409857/
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Jun 13, 2014, 12:09 PM (16 replies)

Bergdahl Walked Away Before, Military Report Says

Source: New York Times

WASHINGTON — A classified military report detailing the Army’s investigation into the disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in June 2009 says that he had wandered away from assigned areas before — both at a training range in California and at his remote outpost in Afghanistan — and then returned, according to people briefed on it.

The roughly 35-page report, completed two months after Sergeant Bergdahl left his unit, concludes that he most likely walked away of his own free will from his outpost in the darkness of night, and it criticized lax security practices and poor discipline within his unit. But it stops short of concluding that there is solid evidence that Sergeant Bergdahl intended to permanently desert.

Whether Sergeant Bergdahl was a deserter who never intended to come back, or simply slipped away for a short adventure amid an environment of lax security and discipline and then was captured is one of many unanswered questions about his disappearance.

The issue is murky, the report said, in light of Sergeant Bergdahl’s previous episodes of walking off. The report cites accounts from his unit mates that in their predeployment exercise at the Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., he sneaked or crawled off a designated course or range either to see how far he could go or to see a sunrise or sunset.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/06/world/asia/bowe-bergdahl-walked-away-before-military-report-says.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Thu Jun 5, 2014, 01:18 PM (33 replies)

State Rep. Mike Fleck, Republican and first openly gay lawmaker in state could lose seat

Two years ago, Republican lawmaker Mike Fleck was elected to a fourth term without a hitch.

He ran unopposed for the 81st house district – based in Huntingdon – a seat he first won in a four-way primary in 2006.

This year, Fleck could be out of office. Based on early returns, the republican lawmaker could be ousted by a write-in challenger.

So what changed in the last two years? Fleck, who was born and raised in the district, became the first openly gay Pennsylvania lawmaker in 2012.

more: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/05/state_rep_mike_fleck_republica.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed May 21, 2014, 02:07 PM (0 replies)

Brendan Boyle defeats 3 rivals for Democratic nomination in Pa.'s 13th District

young state representative from Philadelphia has beaten three rivals, including a former congresswoman who is now Chelsea Clinton's mother-in-law, to win the Democratic nomination for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Early returns showed Brendan Boyle winning Tuesday's Democratic primary in Pennsylvania's 13th District, virtually assuring him of becoming the successor to Allyson Schwartz.

The district straddling Philadelphia and Montgomery County is heavily tilted toward Democrats.

more: http://www.wfmz.com/news/news-regional-southeasternpa/brendan-boyle-defeats-3-rivals-for-democratic-nomination-in-pas-13th-district/26086690
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed May 21, 2014, 02:05 PM (0 replies)
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