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May 15, 2012

Strauss-Kahn countersues hotel maid in NY court for $1 million

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a $1 million countersuit against the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault, costing him his job and any chance of being elected president of France.

New York police arrested Strauss-Kahn a year ago when hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo accused him of forcible oral sex and trying to rape her in his luxury suite at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan. Prosecutors later dropped charges after losing confidence in Diallo’s credibility.

May 10, 2012
via FaithWorld

Christians rejoice and frown at Obama pro-gay marriage stance

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks out from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington May 10, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Some rejoiced in the U.S. president’s courage. Others predicted hellfire at the polls. One pastor said he would reflect on the matter in prayer.

May 10, 2012

U.S. sues Arizona sheriff for discrimination

By Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department sued an Arizona sheriff on Thursday for civil rights violations, alleging he and his office intentionally denied Latinos their constitutional rights.

The lawsuit cited systemic racial profiling, sloppy and indifferent police work and a disregard for minority rights by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and county officials.

May 10, 2012

Christians rejoice, frown at Obama gay marriage stance

By Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – Some rejoiced in the U.S. president’s courage. Others predicted hellfire at the polls. One pastor said he would reflect on the matter in prayer.

President Barack Obama’s announcement on Wednesday that he supported same-sex marriage stirred impassioned responses at places of worship across the United States, underscoring the risk he took in coming out in favor of such a controversial measure.

Apr 13, 2012

Huge baseball salaries show other teams can play Yankees’ game

NEW YORK, April 13 (Reuters) – Alex Rodriguez and the New
York Yankees normally incur the wrath of fans bothered by
baseball’s enormous salaries. This year he has more company
among players with very large, very long deals worth tens of
millions of dollars.

Superstar Albert Pujols arrived at Yankee Stadium on Friday
for his first game here as a member of the Los Angeles Angels,
who signed him to a 10-year, $240 million contract this
offseason.

Apr 10, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

The tunnel to political prominence

A new government report shines the spotlight again on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, see here at a presidential campaign event for Republican candidate Mitt Romney on December 30, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A new report on the controversy that helped launch New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to national prominence – and make him a vice-presidential contender – has reignited debate over one of the country’s most popular and polarizing Republicans.

Apr 3, 2012

Trayvon Martin: Before the world heard the cries

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – Tracy Martin had been looking for his son Trayvon since the night before. He went to bed figuring the teen must have gone to the movies and turned off his phone. When Trayvon still wasn’t home in the morning, Martin called the police.

After a flurry of phone calls back and forth, an officer told him a police unit was on the way. “So I went outside waiting for Trayvon to show up,” Martin said.

Apr 3, 2012

Florida shooter will surrender if charged: lawyer

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – George Zimmerman will surrender to authorities if he is charged in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, his attorney said on Monday.

“If he’s charged, he will be arrested and he will turn himself in,” attorney Craig Sonner told Reuters in a telephone interview. “However it goes, he’s not hiding from the authorities. If he is asked, he will turn himself in. There’s not going to be a manhunt or anything like that.”

Apr 2, 2012

Prosecutor denies interfering in Florida shooting case

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – A Florida prosecutor who removed himself from the investigation into the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin denied on Monday that he quashed police intentions to charge the shooter with manslaughter.

State Attorney Norm Wolfinger asked the U.S. Justice Department civil rights division to disregard a letter it received from lawyers for Martin’s family which referred to reports that Wolfinger interfered in the police investigation.

Apr 2, 2012

Florida shooter will turn himself in if charged: lawyer

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – George Zimmerman will turn himself in to authorities in the event he is charged with a crime in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, his defense attorney Craig Sonner said on Monday.

“If he’s charged, he will be arrested and he will turn himself in. However it goes, he’s not hiding from the authorities. If he is asked, he will turn himself in. There’s not going to be a manhunt or anything like that,” Sonner told Reuters in a telephone interview.

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      "Daniel Trotta joined Reuters as a correspondent in 1993, starting in Nicaragua and moving Mexico City (1996) and Madrid (2000) before coming to New York in 2005. As a U.S. General News correspondent, his specialty is writing the lead story on major breaking news. Trotta also travels the United States producing in-depth features and helps edit the national news file from the Reuters headquarters in New York. Outside the office, he is the manager of the New York Express of the New York City Metro Baseball League."
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