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State takes custody of 416 children from polygamous sect

Washington - A Texas court on Friday temporarily took custody of 416
children removed from a remote compound in where an obscure religious
sect practiced polygamy, the Fort-Worth Star Telegram newspaper
reported online.

Texas Child Protective Services Division had argued that a "pervasive
pattern" of sexual abuse and forced marriage involving underaged girls
justified its custody request.

US Supreme Court approves lethal injections

Washington  - The highest court in the United States Wednesday approved the use of lethal injections in executing prisoners condemned to die.

The decision gives the green light for multiple states to lift the delay on executions put in place as the issue moved its way up to the Supreme Court.

It was announced just as Pope Benedict XVI, an ardent opponent of the death penalty, arrived at the White House for his historic visit with US President George W Bush.

Bankruptcy filings in US jump by 38 per cent

Washington - Bankruptcy filings by consumers and businesses in the United States climbed by 38 per cent to 850,912 in 2007, the Administrative Office of US Courts revealed Tuesday.

25 Senators Threaten To Revoke FCC Media Ownership Vote

Washington: The Federal Communications Commission has been threatened by a group of 25 senators that they will move a legislation overriding the agency, if it votes to loosen media ownership restrictions at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

Through a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, the group of 25 senators warned that they would "move legislation to revoke the rule and nullify the vote" if the FCC lifts ownership restrictions in the 20 biggest U.S. cities.

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