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Jun 28, 2012

Olympics-U.S. gymnast Strug motivates others with story of gold

WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) – Former gymnastics star Kerri
Strug, who vaulted into Olympic history on an injured ankle in
1996 to secure a first U.S. women’s team gold medal, has
parlayed that defining moment into a career motivating youth to
work hard and do their best.

Now 34, married, and with a newborn son, Strug says that
sixteen years after she aggravated an injury to win a team gold
for the United States, there are things more important than
medals.

Jun 27, 2012

Alabama school district settles suit from civil rights era

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A school district in Alabama has agreed to hire more non-whites to settle a nearly 50-year-old lawsuit stemming from the segregation of blacks and whites, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

The Fort Payne City school district in Fort Payne, a predominately white city in the northeastern part the state, reached a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice requiring it to hire a more diverse workforce of teachers, administrators and general staff.

Jun 25, 2012

Teen prostitutes rescued, pimps held, in FBI sweep

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seventy-nine teenagers held against their will and forced into prostitution were rescued at hotels, truck stops and storefronts in a three-day sweep of sex-trafficking rings across the United States, law enforcement officials said on Monday.

The FBI said 104 alleged pimps were arrested during sting operations in 57 U.S. cities including Atlanta, Sacramento, and Toledo, Ohio. The operation lasted between Thursday and Saturday and involved state and local authorities as well as the FBI.

Jun 22, 2012

Moroccan man pleads guilty to attempted bombing of U.S. Capitol

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) – A Moroccan man pleaded guilty on Friday to attempting to bomb the U.S. Capitol building in Washington in February, 2012, and could face up to 30 years in prison.

Amine El Khalifi, 29, an illegal immigrant living in Alexandria, Virginia, struck an agreement with prosecutors under which he pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court in Virginia.

Jun 22, 2012

Justice Department files bias suit against towns home to polygamist sect

WASHINGTON/SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department sued two polygamist-dominated towns on the Utah-Arizona border on Thursday, citing religious discrimination and saying they operated for two decades as an arm of a breakaway Mormon sect.

The complaint accuses the cities of carrying out the “will and dictates” of now-imprisoned sect leader Warren Jeffs, who is serving a prison term of life plus 20 years in Texas for raping two underage girls he wed in “spiritual marriages.”

Jun 20, 2012

Wife guilty of hiring hit men to kill U.S. hotel heir husband

By Lily Kuo

(Reuters) – A federal jury convicted a woman on Wednesday for directing hit men to beat to death her husband and his mother, heirs to a famed luxury Miami hotel, in an attempt to seize her husband’s assets.

Narcy Novack, 55, and her brother Cristobal Veliz, 58, were found guilty of charges related to the grisly and fatal beatings in 2009 of Ben Novack Jr., and Bernice Novack, members of the family that built the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, prosecutors said.

Jun 19, 2012

Ex-Giffords aide Barber sworn in to U.S. House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ron Barber, a former aide to Gabrielle Giffords who was wounded along with her in a deadly shooting last year, was sworn in on Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives to take the seat for Arizona she vacated to focus on her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head.

Barber, a 66-year-old Tucson Democrat, won a special election last week to succeed his one-time boss, who retired in January from her position representing a southern Arizona district.

Jun 19, 2012

Pitching great Clemens acquitted in perjury case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A jury acquitted Major League Baseball pitching great Roger Clemens on Monday of all six criminal counts against him in a trial on charges that he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

Clemens, dressed in a beige suit, blue shirt and tie, showed little emotion as the verdict was read, but choked up during brief comments after he emerged from the federal courthouse in Washington.

Jun 18, 2012

Jurors resume deliberations in baseball perjury trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jurors in the trial of former baseball great Roger Clemens resumed deliberations on Monday, weighing up charges that he lied to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs.

Clemens – one of the top pitchers in Major League Baseball history – is among the biggest names to be implicated in drug use in the professional baseball industry. He did not take the stand in his own defense during the two-month trial.

Jun 13, 2012

Jurors deliberate in Clemens’ perjury trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jurors began the first full session of deliberations on Wednesday in the trial of baseball great Roger Clemens, who faces charges that he lied to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs.

Clemens – one of the greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball history – did not take the stand in his own defense during the two-month trial.