A man once ranked as the eighth-most prolific spammer in the world by Internet watchdog Spamhaus has been sentenced to nine years in a Virginia prison for sending hundreds of thousands of unwanted e-mail messages. Jeremy Jaynes, the first person indicted under Virginia's felony anti-spam law, had been charged with four counts for sending more [...]

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One North Carolina electronic voting machine is thought to have lost more than 4,500 votes, which could affect the result in several local races; election officials have said that the manufacturer, UniLect, told them that each machine could handle 10,500 votes, but the actual storage capacity was closer to 3000 votes. AP has more. Meanwhile, [...]

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Senior aides said today that controversial Attorney General John Ashcroft was likely to step down before January's inauguration, citing exhaustion and stress. Possible replacements include Ashcroft's former deputy, Larry Thompson, who would become the first African-American attorney general; Marc Racicot, Bush's campaign manager; and White House general counsel Alberto Gonzales. AP has more.

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In the wake of Tuesday's election, which saw 11 states ban gay marriage, two Oklahoma lesbian couples have filed a federal lawsuit challenging both their state's ban and the federal Defense of Marriage act. The plaintiffs–one couple that has cohabited for eight years and another that was joined in a Vermont civil union in 2001–argue [...]

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Taiwan's High Court ended seven months of debate and controversy Thursday by refusing to nullify the country's March presidential election, rejecting opposition claims of fraud and complaints about a shooting that injured President Chen Shui-bian just one day before his narrow victory. The investigations associated with the challenge placed a substantial test before one of [...]

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CBC News is reporting that, according to reports on Israeli television, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has died in Paris. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the succession process detailed in the Palestinian Constitution. UPDATE: According to the latest updates from Haaertz, the spokesman from the French hospital where Arafat has received treatment has said that [...]

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Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who is on trial for last year's hotel bombing in Bali, has called his trial a joke Thursday, saying that the US and Australia are masterminding his trial. Bashir, who is alleged to be the spiritual leader of militant Islamic network Jemaah Islamiah, faces multiple charges including conspiring, planning and [...]

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