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10:26 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Ex-Mass. chemist arraigned in drug lab case

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WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts chemist accused of faking test results at a state drug lab has pleaded not guilty to three counts of obstruction of justice at the first of two scheduled arraignments.

Neither Annie Dookhan nor her lawyer commented after her appearance Wednesday in Middlesex Superior Court.

She is scheduled to be arraigned on two more counts of the same charge later Wednesday in Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham.

She had previously pleaded not guilty to similar charges in Suffolk Superior Court, where she was freed on $10,000 bail.

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9:57 am
Wed January 9, 2013

9/11 families press fight over remains at museum

USS New York crew members man the rails and present honors while passing The World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum
Credit Sgt. Randall A. Clinton / U.S. Marine Corps

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of Sept. 11 families is pressing on with its fight over a plan to put unidentified remains from the 2001 attacks in the museum at the World Trade Center site.

The group filed a lawsuit seeking contact information for families of the trade center victims so they can poll the families about how the remains should be handled.

A judge denied the request but the group appealed, and oral arguments on the appeal are set for today at the Appellate Division in Manhattan.

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Talk Of Delaying Brennan Nomination 'Unfortunate,' White House Says

John Brennan, President Obama's nominee to be the next CIA director.
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Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 9:49 am

While the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., to be secretary of defense has drawn opposition from groups who question his views on policy toward Israel and Iran, the nomination of White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to be CIA director may be delayed by senators who want to know more about last September's attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.:

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US News
2:57 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Brown challenges court oversight of Calif prisons

California Gov. Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown says reducing California's inmate population further to meet a federal order will endanger public safety and require the state to ignore its own sentencing laws.

After years of implementing changes, California would have to grant shorter sentences to inmates convicted of violent or serious felonies to meet the court's mandate.

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US News
2:37 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Illinois AG seeks new hearing on concealed carry

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Credit John D. Rockefeller IV

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is trying to salvage the state's ban on concealed carry.

Madigan said Tuesday that she's filed a petition asking that all 15 judges on the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals review a lawsuit challenging the ban.

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US News
11:42 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Boston mobster's lawyers to ask for judge removal

James J.
Credit U.S. Marshals Service

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger are asking a federal appeals court to remove a judge who's scheduled to preside over Bulger's trial on murder charges.

The defense is scheduled to argue Tuesday before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.

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US News
11:37 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Man climbs storm-ravaged NJ roller coaster

Aerial photo of Casino Pier amusement park in Seaside Heights after Hurricane Sandy.
Credit Greg Thompson / USFWS

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — Police have apprehended a man who apparently climbed the New Jersey roller coaster that was swept into the ocean during Superstorm Sandy and unfurled an American flag.

The man walked from the top of the coaster and hopped into a police boat Tuesday. He was handcuffed, walked through the surf and escorted to a police car on the beach in Seaside Heights.

News 12-New Jersey says Christopher Angelo told the channel he wanted to raise awareness for shore recovery.

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11:30 am
Tue January 8, 2013

GI's hearing in WikiLeaks case focuses on motive

Pfc. Bradley Manning
Credit United States Army

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — An Army private charged with sending reams of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website is back at Fort Meade for a pretrial hearing about whether his motivation matters.

Prosecutors want the military judge to bar the defense from producing evidence at Pfc. Bradley Manning's March 6 trial regarding his motive for allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of secret war logs and diplomatic cables. The four-day hearing began Tuesday.

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US News
1:37 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Hagel 'leader our troops deserve'

President Barack Obama to Arizona speaking at Intel's Fab 42, a state of that art chip manufacturing plant under construction in Chandler, AZ on January 25, 2012.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Chuck Hagel, his choice as the new secretary of defense, is "the leader that our troops deserve."

Obama formally announced his choice of Hagel in the White House East Room on Monday even as critics questioned the pick over issues including Hagel's views on Israel and Iran.

Facing a potentially tough fight to get Hagel confirmed by the Senate, Obama praised the former Nebraska senator's independence and bipartisan approach, and said that Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, understands war is not an abstraction.

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10:07 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Court won't hear campaign finance arguments

US Supreme Court
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from an anti-abortion group that wanted to be exempted from campaign finance disclosure regulations.

The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from The Real Truth About Abortion, Inc., which was formerly called The Real Truth About Obama, Inc. The group wanted to stop the Federal Election Commission and the Justice Department from enforcing fundraising and advertising regulations against it.

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