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March 30, 2011 | By ALESSANDRA RIZZO
ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi's defense lawyers on Tuesday named George Clooney, the Italian foreign minister and a bevy of showgirls as witnesses at the premier's upcoming prostitution trial, an attorney and news reports said. Prosecutors, for their part, have asked to hear from 136 witnesses, including the Moroccan teenager at the center of the scandal and 32 other women who allegedly worked as prostitutes during parties at Berlusconi's villa, according to Italian news reports.
June 6, 2012 | By Peter Hall and Nicole Radzievich", Morning Call
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - A dozen jurors and four alternates were selected Wednesday to hear evidence in the case against Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University coach accused of sexually abusing 10 boys. More than half of the jury shares with Sandusky ties to Penn State, the iconic university shaken to its foundations by the molestation charges against the retired football coach. Sandusky, who retired in 1999 after a decades-long career as the football team's defensive coordinator, faces 52 counts of child sexual abuse.
August 25, 2010 | Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
New York Gov. David Paterson and Archbishop Timothy Dolan on Tuesday called for peaceful dialogue in the ongoing discussions about plans to build an Islamic community center and mosque near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks in Manhattan. After a meeting with Paterson, the New York archbishop told reporters at a news conference that he and the governor agreed that people needed to not "be in one another's faces, but to kind of step back and take a sane look at things.
March 4, 2013 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
PARIS - French military officials said Monday night that it was "probable" that Abou Zeid, one of the leaders of Al Qaeda in North Africa, had been killed. However, the fate of another Islamic extremist leader, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, remained unknown, despite reports that he had been killed by troops from Chad last week. A member of a militant group said on a website that Zeid, an Algerian known as the "Emir of the Sahara," had been killed by "a French airstrike in the Ifoghas mountains" in northern Mali, where French and local soldiers have been trying to drive out militant Islamists since January.
April 11, 2010 | By Andrew Malcolm and Johanna Neuman
Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank traces the hyper-partisan atmosphere of the nation today to -- wait for it -- the rise of Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1994. Gingrich was a driving force behind that year's so-called Republican Revolution that seized control of both houses of Congress with the "Contract With America" after the first two years of President Clinton's first term. Some Republicans hope for a repeat of that experience in this November's first midterm election for the Obama administration.
January 13, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
It's a different Gov. Jerry Brown we're seeing these days ? a subtle but significant difference between Brown I and Brown II. The Brown who was governor at age 36 would not have been as bold ? as calmly willing to stick his neck way out ? as the 72-year-old version. The contrast?along with a stark stylistic difference between Brown and predecessor Arnold Schwarzenegger ? was evident at a news conference Monday. The new governor unveiled his cuts-taxes-and-shuffle remedy for closing a projected $25.4-billion budget hole.
March 11, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON -- Public criticism by U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley about the treatment of an Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, suspected of giving classified material to WikiLeaks, has given rise to speculation about a rift between the State Department and the Pentagon over the handling of the prisoner. Crowley told a forum in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday that Manning's treatment at the hands of the Defense Department "is ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid. " The remarks were first reported by BBC News.
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