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- Witness on day of 2008 arrest: 'Madoff Implodes'
- Hospice care offered to ill pets, grieving owners
- Disturbing: Italian appeals court determines 60-year-old and 11-year-old have ‘romantic relationship …
The case will be retried in a lower court.
- Mysterious object blocks Seattle tunnel drilling
The Transportation Department and contractors building a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle are trying to find out what has blocked their tunnel boring machine. The machine called Bertha ran into something ...
- Boxing-Former heavyweight champion Tyson barred from Britain
Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has been banned from entering Britain to promote his book due to changes in the country's immigration laws, British media reported on Tuesday. The American boxer and convicted rapist is currently in Paris having been due to arrive in Britain this week to plug his new autobiography "Undisputed Truth". Tyson, 47, was sentenced to six years in the 1992 for raping an ex-beauty queen. "For this reason Mike had to change location to Paris to salvage his press obligations for the UK." Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion of the world in 1986, at age 20, and was the first heavyweight to own all three major boxing world title belts a year later.
- Mormon church explains defunct ban on blacks in priesthood
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Thirty-five years after lifting a ban on blacks entering the priesthood, the Mormon church has offered an explanation for a practice that was in place for more than 100 years, saying it was rooted in the racism of the times. A church-produced essay, "Race and the Priesthood," ties the ban to an 1852 speech by Brigham Young, the faith's second president, who led the church to Utah, and distances the modern Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the policy. "The justifications for restrictions echoed the widespread ideas about racial inferiority that had been used to argue for the legalization of black 'servitude,'" reads the essay, part of a series aimed at giving Mormons more context for understanding various aspects of church history, practices and doctrine. "Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form," the essay says.
- Nicaragua's assembly approves plan to end presidential term limits
Nicaragua's national assembly on Tuesday approved a constitutional change to remove presidential term limits, which could allow incumbent Daniel Ortega stay in power for years and raises concerns about democracy in the country. Approval of the plan put forward last month by Ortega's ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front must now be ratified by the assembly next year before it can take effect. The U.S. government has criticized the plan, saying it could undermine democracy in Nicaragua and hurt the country's economic development. Opposition politicians in Nicaragua have also attacked the plan.
- U.S. Congress budget deal would trim federal worker pensions
A new budget deal that will be debated by the U.S. Congress in the coming days would trim some military spending as well as outlays for federal workers' retirement programs, Senate Budget Committee chief Patty Murray said on Tuesday. Murray also said that congressional leaders are discussing the possibility of extending some expiring federal benefits for the long-term unemployed but that such legislation will not be included in the two-year budget deal.