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Netherlands to close prisons for lack of criminals

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From: International Netherlands to close prisons for lack of criminals The Dutch justice ministry has announced it will close eight prisons and cut 1,200 jobs in the prison system. A decline in crime has left many cells empty. During the 1990s the Netherlands faced a shortage of prison cells, but a decline in crime has since led to overcapacity in the prison system. The country now has capacity for 14,000 prisoners but only 12,000 detainees. Deputy justice minister Nebahat Albayrak announced on Tuesday that eight prisons will be closed, resulting…read more

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Obama to name Sotomayor as Supreme Court pick

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From: CNN.com WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Obama has chosen federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, two sources told CNN on Tuesday. Obama plans to announce his nominee at 10:15 a.m. ET Tuesday, sources told CNN. Sotomayor, a 54-year-old judge on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was named a district judge by President George H.W. Bush in 1992, and was elevated to her current seat by President Clinton. Supporters say that appointment history, along with what they call her moderate-liberal views, would give…read more

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U.S. holds journalist without charges in Iraq

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From: Los Angeles Times Email Picture Mohammed Ameen / Associated Press Ibrahim Jassam, a cameraman and photographer for the Reuters news agency, is being held by the U.S. without charges. Reuters cameraman Ibrahim Jassam has been held since September. The U.S. military rejected a court order to release him, saying he is a ‘high security threat.’ No evidence has been presented. By Liz Sly May 24, 2009 Reporting from Baghdad — The soldiers came at 1:30 a.m, rousing family members who were sleeping on the roof to escape the late-summer…read more

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The Great Mumble: A New Generation Slouches Toward Nukes

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Observer.com: by Katharine Jose on December 23, 2008 It wasn’t all that long ago that supporting nuclear power as a Democrat in New York State was an easy way to lose an election. “In 1992 I was in a three-way race for the State Assembly,” said Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, whose opponents in that race were a high school math teacher in his fifties and a “self-described ’50’s housewife,” according to Cahill.  “We sat before the active Democrats of our community. And the question came up about nuclear power. And the…read more

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