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DNA or other forensic evidence might establish sexual contact but still not prove an attack

With his DNA discovered on the woman who accused him of trying to rape her and forcing her to perform oral sex, former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn may employ a consensual sex defense that poses risks for defendants and prosecutors alike.


Congresswoman Maxine Waters looks for a solution

As Oregon looks at banks questionable foreclosure practices, California is learning how the foreclosure crisis and the unemployment crisis feed off the education crisis and the consumer costs crisis. And they all lead to an increase in the crime rate, another crisis – especially for low-income people and minorities. 


Historically Black school seeks $30 million deal to solve its financial woes

Lawyers for Fisk University are asking a Tennessee appeals court to end the 5-year court battle over an art collection donated to the school by the late painter Georgia O'Keeffe and approve a plan they say would save the school.  


— It may not have showed up in a reality show and it certainly wasn't the pick of the week on "American Idol," but it was important enough to further rattle ravenous market speculators and red-eared lawmakers on Capitol Hill still playing chicken: On May 16, the national debt hit its ceiling — then kept on moving past $14.3 trillion.


Dr benjamin spoke at the commencement ceremony for 400 Drexel University College of Medicine graduates

Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, Surgeon General of the U.S., addressed more than 400 Drexel University College of Medicine graduates, during the commencement ceremony held last week at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts.


Peter Burnett was a staunch racist who supported the exclusion of blacks from the state, the suspension of Chinese immigration and the extermination of Native Americans

Last month the Board of Education voted unanimously to rename the Burnett Child Development Center as the Leola M. Havard Early Education School after the city's first female African-American principal.


A 2004 federal law requires public schools to teach Constitution lessons every Sept. 17, commemorating the day the document was signed

MALTA, Idaho (AP) -- America's kids will be learning about the U.S. Constitution this coming school year with help from a decidedly conservative Idaho publishing house, if a tea party group gets its way.


Federal investigators have been probing Edwards for more than two years

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have completed a wide-ranging investigation into John Edwards' political dealings and could indict the two-time presidential candidate within days, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday.


Barnes & Noble's latest device can also look up words, search and adjust font size

NEW YORK (AP) -- Barnes & Noble is launching a lighter, slimmer, cheaper version of its e-reader for $139 -- a sign that the book retailer is ready to compete on price with rivals Amazon and Borders.
Available on June 10, the All-New Nook device features a 6-inch touch screen and can hold up to 1,000 digital books.


The tornado destroyed possibly 'thousands' of homes and leveled hundreds of businesses, including massive ones such as Home Depot and Walmart

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- A tornado that killed 117 people in Missouri was the single deadliest twister in the past 60 years, according to National Weather Service.


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