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Former Sen. Bob Graham calls for new 9/11 investigation

Former Democratic Senator Bob Graham on Monday called on the U.S. government to reopen its investigation into 9/11 after a report found that links between Saudi Arabia and the hijackers were never disclosed by the FBI to the 2002 joint Congressional intelligence committee investigating the attacks. “In the final report…

North Carolina House passes same sex marriage ban

The North Carolina House of Representatives has approved an amendment to the state constitution that would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. The Republican-controlled House passed the proposed amendment in a 75 to 42 vote on Monday after a three-hour debate. If the state Senate also…

Fish oil may hinder chemotherapy: study

WASHINGTON — Fatty acids found in fish oil supplements may block chemotherapy from attacking tumors and patients should stop taking them, said a study by Dutch researchers on Monday. Fish oil supplements of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are sold worldwide, and are touted by manufacturers as a way to…

Senators seek to force fighter sale to Taiwan

WASHINGTON — Two US senators introduced legislation on Monday demanding President Barack Obama sell Taiwan no fewer than 66 advanced F-16 fighter jets despite Beijing’s fierce objections. “This sale is a win-win, in strengthening the national security of our friend Taiwan as well as our own, and supporting tens of…

IBM supercomputer Watson to assist doctors

WASHINGTON — Dr. Watson will see you now. Watson, the television game show-playing supercomputer from IBM, is teaming up with health insurer WellPoint to assist medical professionals in diagnosing and treating patients. IBM and WellPoint announced on Monday they have agreed to develop the first commercial application for the computer…

Three Pakistanis plead guilty to U.S. terror charges

WASHINGTON — Three Pakistani nationals pleaded guilty before a US court Monday to terrorism-related charges of supporting the Pakistani Taliban, Justice Department officials said. At a hearing before US District Judge John Bates in Washington, the three — Irfan Ul Haq, 37; Qasim Ali, 32; and Zahid Yousaf, 43 —…

Arizona ‘Goddess Temple’ members arrested for prostitution

PHOENIX, Arizona — Police in Arizona have arrested 20 members of an American group called the “Goddess Temple” for allegedly offering sexual services online under the guise of religious healing. Officers went undercover and are working to track down another 17 suspects, said Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos, with more…

Chamber of Commerce radio ad targets Obama’s ‘radical pro-union agenda’

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a radio advertisement on Monday attacking what it called the Obama administration’s “aggressive and radical pro-union agenda.” The ad will air on radio stations in Florida, Missouri, Montana, and Virginia. It takes aim at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the U.S. Department…

Rick Perry chasing Sheriff Joe’s endorsement

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is reportedly seeking “America’s Toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio’s endorsement for president, the Texas Tribune reported. Arpaio heads the police in Maricopa County, Arizona and is notoriously tough on immigration. Perry, a border state governor who in the past has expressed interest in guest worker programs…

More than 100 people killed in Kenyan pipeline explosion

More than 100 people died in a fire Monday morning caused by a burst gasoline pipeline near the Sinai slum in the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi. The fuel exploded, wiping out entire families, after being ignited by embers from nearby garbage fires. Residents of the slum, who live in…

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