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Report: Hundreds forced into labor, sex in Ohio

About 1,000 American-born children are forced into the sex trade in Ohio every year and about 800 immigrants are sexually exploited and pushed into sweatshop-type jobs, a new report on human trafficking in the state said Wednesday.


Tension fills Oregon campus over extremists

The students stomped their feet, heckled and then stood and turned their backs as the speaker at the University of Oregon defended red-baiting Sen. Joseph McCarthy and called Martin Luther King Jr. a communist dupe.


Teen arrested in killing of anti-gang counselor

LOS ANGELES — When Ronald “Looney” Barron urged a young graffiti tagger to put away his paint cans, he was doing what he viewed as his mission — steering kids away from crime — but he paid for it with his life.

Los Angeles police arrested a 16-year-old boy on Tuesday, saying he would be charged with murder for shooting Barron to death Sunday night after Barron confronted him.


Courts weigh restitution fees for past victims of child pornography

It’s been more than a decade since “Amy,” as she’s known in court papers, was first sexually abused by her uncle. The abuse ended long ago and he’s in prison, but the pictures he made when she was 8 or 9 are among the most widely circulated child pornography images online.



Stem cell debate raises ethical, political concerns

In the months leading up to the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama campaigned with a platform that promised change. Just a few months into his term, Obama initiated some of these changes regarding stem cell research.


French enjoy legally mandated sale season

In America, national holidays are code for “monster department store sales.”

In France, the sale is the holiday.

Tuesday marks the end of the soldes season, a twice-yearly event where every store across France is legally mandated to put its merchandise from last season on discount.


Rep. John Murtha of Pa. dies at 77

WASHINGTON — A spokesman says Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a retired Marine Corps officer who became an outspoken critic of the Iraq war, has died. He was 77.


Pedestrians to power London

As our world’s supply of natural resources continues to dwindle and the race to find alternative forms of energy ensues, one U.K.-based company seems to have found a solution that capitalizes on the one thing busy cities like London have plenty of – pedestrian traffic.


Law barring military medal lies is tested

Federal courts are wrestling with 2006’s Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a crime punishable by up to a year in jail to falsely claim to have received a medal from the U.S. military, even if the liar makes no effort to profit from the stolen glory.


Metro chief resigns over security issues

It’s the second-largest Metro system in the United States, in a city that draws millions of tourists every year, but many fear Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority trains could be too dangerous to ride.



Prof. questions new TSA measures

X-rays, metal detectors and even the occasional pat down have become standard procedures for many of today’s air travelers, but one IU professor asserts that many security measures are more for the appearance of security, rather than actually increasing passenger safety.


ICC can charge Sudan’s al-Bashir

The International Criminal Court was wrong when it decided that Sudan’s leader can’t be charged with genocide in Darfur, an appeals judges said Wednesday — an unprecedented ruling that could lead to President Omar al-Bashir’s indictment with humanity’s worst crime.


China warns US about Dalai Lama

China is pledging to retaliate against the U.S. about arms sales to Taiwan and is warning of further damage to ties if President Barack Obama meets the Dalai Lama.


Officials review military gay ban

Defense Secretary Robert Gates took the first real steps Tuesday toward lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the military, announcing a yearlong review aimed at answering practical and emotional questions about the effect of lifting the ban and imposing looser standards for enforcing the ban in the meantime.


Egypt wins African Nations Cup

The Egyptian Pharaohs soccer team clinched its third consecutive African Cup of Nations title in a 1-0 victory Sunday.



Female suicide bomber hits Iraq pilgrims, kills 46

A female suicide bomber walking among Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad detonated an explosives belt Monday, killing at least 46 people and wounding more than 122, officials said.

The bombing was the first major strike this year against pilgrims making their way to the city of Karbala to mark a holy day. It came as security officials warned of a possible increase in attacks by insurgents using new tactics to bypass bomb-detection methods.


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