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The one-time French presidential contender has been charged with a criminal sex act, attempted rape and sexual abuse

NEW YORK (AP) -- DNA taken from former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn matches material on the uniform of a hotel maid who says he sexually assaulted her, two people familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press.


Justice Antonin Scalia said in dissent that the court order is 'perhaps the most radical injunction issued by a court in our nation's history'

The Supreme Court on Monday endorsed a court order requiring California to cut its prison population by tens of thousands of inmates to improve health care for those who remain behind bars.


Motor vehicle theft showed the largest drop in 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Crime levels fell last year compared to 2009, continuing a downward trend that saw a 5.5 percent drop in the number of violent crimes last year and a 2.8 percent drop in the number of property crimes.


Unemployment and education show equality is still elusive

It is a penetrating question. The belief that President Obama's election heralded immediate change was so strong that shortly after his win, the blog Debate Link featured a Nov. 7, 2008, column entitled. "Do We Still Need Civil Rights After Obama?"


Hawaii has the third-highest ratio of homeless people to residents of any state, better only than Nevada and Oregon

With President Barack Obama hosting a major Asia-Pacific economic summit in Honolulu in November - one that will draw dozens of heads of state and focus international attention on the tourist mecca - state leaders have begun pressing for solutions to solve a homelessness problem that's as deeply entrenched in Hawaii as nearly anywhere in the country


Bin Ladens files show plan to blow up ships

Osama bin Laden's personal files revealed a brazen idea to hijack oil tankers and blow them up at sea last summer, creating explosions he hoped would rattle the world's economy and send oil prices skyrocketing, the U.S. said Friday.


The idea evolved from a CDC Twitter session with the public earlier this year about planning for disasters

ATLANTA (AP) -- "Zombie apocalypse." That blog posting headline is all it took for a behind-the-scenes public health doctor to set off an Internet frenzy over tired old advice about keeping water and flashlights on hand in case of a hurricane.


The surge in revenue is giving rise to an awkward question - are the governors making the deepest cuts because they have to or because they choose to?

Wisconsin's Republican governor and GOP leaders in several other states are facing increasing pressure to back off from deep spending cuts to education and social programs in light of higher than expected revenue projections as the economy improves.


High profile cases shed light on laws concerning political, sexual power plays

The news about both Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Arnold Schwarzenegger has brought renewed attention to what seems like a myriad of past allegations of sexual harassment by the two politicians. Strauss-Kahn and Schwarzenegger have also both now acknowledged relationships with women who worked for them.
So, when something happens between a boss and employee, where's the line between harassment and a consensual relationship? It turns out the law isn't as clear as you might think.


High schoolers say the policy discriminates against minors brought here as children

About 100 students walked out of class at a suburban Atlanta high school on Tuesday, protesting Georgia's new law cracking down on illegal immigration and a new Georgia university system policy that effectively bars illegal immigrant students from the five most competitive state colleges and universities.


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