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  • Ex-Ill Gov. Blagojevich Faces Lengthy Prison Sentence
    A federal jury in Chicago convicted former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich on 17 wide-ranging corruption charges Monday. Bagojevich was accused, among other things, of trying to sell President Obama's former Senate seat for personal gain.
  • New Orleans Police On Trial For Katrina Killings
    Opening statements began on Monday in New Orleans, where five current and former police officers are on trial for their alleged roles in shooting innocent civilians in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina. The officers also are accused of trying to cover up the incident.
  • Calls Grow Louder For Probe Into Pakistan's Military
    The U.S. operation that killed Osama Bin Laden at his Pakistani compound is re-shaping Pakistan's political landscape, and unleashing unprecedented criticism of its military. The raid, which humiliated Pakistan's army, is only one of a series of events that erupted in recent weeks challenging the powerful Pakistani military in ways thought unimaginable two months ago.
  • Human Rights Defender Now Fights For U.S. Policy
    As the top lawyer for the Obama State Department, Harold Koh is defending a lot of things that surprise his friends on the left — including U.S. involvement in Libya, and the use of American drones that target people in Pakistan and Yemen.
  • High Court OKs Sales Of Violent Video Games To Kids
    The Supreme Court has struck down California's law that banned the sales to minors. The divided court said the games are covered under First Amendment guarantees of free speech. The state had said studies showed the games make kids more violent.
  • Supreme Court Rules On Ariz. Campaign Finance Law
    The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a blow to public campaign financing, with a 5-4 decision striking down a central provision of an Arizona law. The measure offered public funds to state legislative and executive-branch candidates who abide by tight contribution and spending limits.
  • Greeks Take To The Streets Over Austerity Plans
    Protesters in Greece are demonstrating against government plans to slash the national budget, raise taxes and sell-off state assets. The prime minister is trying to get another austerity plan though parliament this week.
  • Judge Blocks 2 Provisions Of Ga. Immigration Law
    A U.S. District judge has blocked two of the more controversial portions of Georgia's new immigration law from taking effect. But the law will continue to require businesses to check the status of new hires. Georgia farmers say that gives them little time to adjust for this summer's harvest.
  • State Government Shutdown Looms In Minnesota
    Democratic Governor Mark Dayton wants to raise income taxes on top earners to help fill a $5 billion budget gap. But Republicans who control the legislature oppose any tax hikes. If there's no deal by July 1, agencies will stop operating.
  • Facebook Hires Hacker Who Cracked Apple's iPhone
    George Hotz, also known as Geohot, became infamous for hacking into Apple's iphone. He was also sued by Sony for breaching the PlayStation 3 videogame console. Now the 21-year-old hacker is employed by Facebook.

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