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Google exec rejects charge search results ‘cooked’

WASHINGTON — Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt rejected charges Wednesday that the Internet giant “cooks” search results to favor its own services as he came in for tough questioning from a Senate panel. Schmidt, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, also sought to…

DEA faces federal lawsuit for blocking marijuana research

Researchers hoping to study the medical benefits of marijuana are taking the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to federal court for blocking access to the plant. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has received free legal representation in a lawsuit against the DEA over a license to grow marijuana for…

Obama: Passing my jobs bill is good for the world

Speaking before a friendly audience at the Clinton Global Initiative, President Barack Obama took a broader view on the jobs bill he’s been pushing Congress to pass. Not only is it good for Americans, he said, but it’s also in the best interest of the world. “The single most important…

2 Fullerton officers charged in death of Kelly Thomas

Orange Country District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced Wednesday that he was charging two Fullerton, California police officers in the July 5 death of a mentally ill homeless man. Officer Manuel Ramos faces charges of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for allegedly killing Kelly Thomas. Police Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was charged…

Obama rejects Palestinian U.N. statehood bid

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected Palestinian plans to seek U.N. blessing for statehood as he tried to avert a looming crisis that could erode Washington’s global standing and further isolate its close allyIsrael. Obama’s last-ditch diplomatic effort won praise from Israel, which will rely on Washington to block the Palestinian…

U.S. to upgrade Taiwan jets, China protests

The United States on Wednesday announced a $5.85 billion upgrade of Taiwan’s F-16 fighter jets, leading to a swift rebuke by China even though the deal stopped short of selling new planes. Taiwanese and US officials insisted that the upgrade would improve the island’s defences as it faces a rising…

Toxic BPA turning up in children’s soup cans: group

Worrying levels of BPA, an industrial chemical with suspected links to cancer, lurk inside canned soups and pasta targeted at American children, the Breast Cancer Fund said Wednesday. In a product testing report, the non-profit advocacy group — which focuses on environmental causes of cancer — said an average of…

Fed ramps up aid to economy with $400 billion stimulus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve on Wednesday dialed up its aid to the beleaguered U.S. economy, launching an effort to put more downward pressure on long-term interest rates over time and help the battered housing sector. The Fed said it would launch a new $400 billion program that will tilt its $2.85…

Apple ‘to unveil iPhone 5 on October 4′

Apple plans to unveil its next generation iPhone next month, technology blog AllThingsD said Wednesday. AllThingsD cautioned that Apple could “change its plans anytime,” but said the present plan calls for Apple’s new chief executive Tim Cook to preside over the launch of the iPhone 5 on October 4. Cook,…

Durbin: Republicans are trying to manipulate the Fed

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) was one of several individuals not happy with House and Senate GOP leaders sending a letter to urge Fed chairman Ben Bernanke not to provide the economy more monetary stimulus. And the Illinois politician expressed his anger Wednesday morning on MSNBC, calling Republicans’ actions “outrageous.” When…

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