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Willie Nelson busted again for pot

A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas. Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra Blanca, Texas, checkpoint about 9 a.m. Friday. Brooks says an officer smelled pot when a door was opened and a search turned up marijuana. Brooks says the Hudspeth County sheriff was contacted and Nelson was among three people arrested. Sheriff Arvin West didn’t immediately return a phone message left at his home Friday, but he told the El Paso Times that Nelson claimed
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Cops claim to foil terrorist attack with a ‘sting’ operation

FBI agents claim they busted a pissed-off Somali-born teenager just as he was readying to blow up an explosive-packed ban that he hoped to use to spread death and destruction at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon over the holiday weekend. What the would-be bomber did not know was that the bomb was an elaborate fake supplied by FBI agents in an elaborate sting operation. Agents arrested Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, at 5:40 p.m. local time Friday as he dialed a cell phone he thought would set off the device. Instead of an explosion, agents and police
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Marines most hostile towards gay troops

They are the few, the proud and perhaps the military’s biggest opponents of lifting the ban on openly gay troops. Most of those serving in America’s armed forces have no strong objections to repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, according to a Pentagon survey of 400,000 active duty and reservists that is scheduled for release Tuesday. But the survey found resistance to repealing the ban strongest among the Marines, according to The Washington Post. It’s an attitude apparently shared by their top leader, Commandant Gen. James Amos, who has said that the government should not lift the ban in
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‘Black Friday’ kicks off the Christmas season

After weeks of “Black Friday” sales pitches, the real thing is finally here. Retailers are ushering in the traditional kickoff of the U.S. holiday shopping season on Friday with expanded hours, deep discounts and online deals. Bargain-hungry shoppers are giving them a strong early turnout. The crescendo follows a weeks-long push to get shoppers to open their wallets with early deals. Many stores had trotted out the “Black Friday” label on sales as far back as October. In a bid to grab shoppers earlier, a number of stores including Old Navy, Toys R Us and Sears opened on Thanksgiving Day.
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The hammer comes down on Tom DeLay

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress — was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts against DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces up to life in prison on the money laundering charge. After the verdicts were read, DeLay hugged his daughter, Danielle, and his wife, Christine. His lead attorney, Dick DeGuerin, said they planned to appeal the verdict. “This is an abuse of
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Airport lines move smoothly as protest fizzles

The lines moved smoothly at airports around the country Wednesday afternoon despite an Internet campaign to get Thanksgiving travelers to gum up the works on one of the busiest days of the year by refusing full-body scans. The Transportation Security Administration said very few passengers opted out. And there were only scattered protesters — including, presumably, a man seen walking around the Salt Lake City airport in a skimpy, Speedo-style bathing suit, and a woman wearing a bikini in Los Angeles. After days of tough talk on the Internet and warnings of possible delays, some passengers decided to go to
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Pope, conservatives at odds over condoms

Faced with a changing outlook from Pope Benedict XVI on condoms and their role in preventing the spread of HIV, many prominent conservative Roman Catholics in the U.S. are rejecting the Vatican’s own explanation of what the pope said. Several orthodox Catholics said they would only accept a more formal papal pronouncement. Others insisted that journalists were purposely misrepresenting Benedict’s comments. Some questioned whether the papal spokesman, the Rev. Frederico Lombardi, accurately quoted the pope. Bishops and the experts who advise them were scrambling to make sense of the news. “It’s a mess,” said John Haas, president of the National
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End coming for color-coded terror alert system

The Homeland Security Department is proposing to discontinue the color-coded terror alert system that became a symbol of the country’s post-9/11 jitters and the butt of late-night talk show jokes. The 8-year-old system, with its rainbow of five colors — from green, signifying a low threat, to red, meaning severe — became a fixture in airports, in government buildings and on newscasts. Over the past four years, millions of travelers have begun and ended their trips to the sound of airport recordings warning that the threat level is orange. The system’s demise would not be the end of terror alerts;
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TSA agents face brunt of travelers’ anger

Airport security officer Ricky McCoy has heard the jokes: What does TSA stand for? “The Sexual Assailants.” TSA officers report being punched, kicked and shoved during pat-downs, and say one woman headbutted a screener who was searching her laptop. They are being called molesters and ordered not to touch “my junk.” And while they know the new searches are more invasive, officers want Thanksgiving travelers to keep in mind they are just doing their jobs to make flying safe. “We just want the public to understand that we’re not perverts, we’re not sexual assailants,” said McCoy, who heads a local
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‘Exhausted’ Obama critic loses her job

At a Town Hall meeting, Velma Hart told President Barack Obama a couple of months ago that defending him and his policy had “exhausted her.” Now she’s not only exhausted. She’s unemployed. Hart told CNBC Monday that AmVets, a veterans services organization in Maryland, gave her a pink slip recently as part of the struggling group’s effort to cut expenses. Hart stood up at a Town Hall meeting in September and told Obama: Quite frankly, I’m exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the man for change I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right
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