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TN man: I didn’t hack Romney’s tax returns

A Tennessee man has taken to both the media and the Internet to deny allegations he hacked the tax returns of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. According to The Tennessean, Michael Brown, a wireless Internet service operator and web designer, has gone public with allegations that the Secret Service wrongfully…

Iran launches air defense exercises to serve as ‘strong warning’ to threats

Iran on Monday launched an air defence exercise a general said was aimed at optimising its deterrent capabilities as well as sending a “strong warning” to those threatening it with military strikes. The start of the manoeuvres, originally scheduled for early October but postponed without an official explanation, was announced…

BlackBerry to launch new smartphone on January 30

The launch for the new BlackBerry 10 platform will be held January 30, as smartphone maker Research in Motion tries to regain traction against surging rivals. The Canadian firm said Monday the launch “will happen simultaneously in multiple countries around the world.” The struggling tech firm will unveil two new…

Scarborough rips FBI for taking down ‘rising star’ Petraeus with ‘fishing expedition’

Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Monday blasted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for what he said was a “fishing expedition” to take down former CIA Director David Petraeus. Petraeus, a retired four-star general, resigned on Friday after admitting an extramarital affair that had been uncovered when the FBI…

Study suggests link between pregnancy flu and autism

A study of Danish children released Monday points to a slight increase in the chances that women who catch the flu while pregnant may have autistic children. According to NBC News, the study, conducted by researchers from the University of Aarhus in Denmark and the Centers for Disease Control and…

Father still awaits soldier son’s casualty report from 2003

By Peter Sleeth, Special to ProPublica and Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times WELLSVILLE, Kan. u2014 The day after Jim Butler learned his son had died in Iraq in 2003, a U.S. Army casualty officer showed up at the family’s small ranch to explain what happened. Your son was hit by…

Accuser recants underage sex accusations against voice of Elmo

UPDATE: The unidentified man who accused the voice of Sesame Street character Elmo of having sex with him while he was underage has retracted his allegations. Kevin Clash, the actor who voices Elmo for the children’s program Sesame Street, has taken a leave of absence after he says he was…

Peter King: FBI may have been ‘derelict’ in Petraeus probe

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) criticized the FBI’s handling of the investigation of the extramarital affair that resulted in CIA Director David Petraeus’ resignation. “To have someone out there in such a sensitive position who the FBI thought perhaps could have been compromised or was under the scope of an FBI…

Google, Amazon and Starbucks facing British inquiry over tax evasion

Campaigners, MPs and Taxpayers’ Alliance agree large companies are exploiting loopholes in international tax regimes.  Google, Amazon and Starbucks will face aggressive and detailed questioning by MPs on Monday over their decision to base their European businesses outside the UK to avoid paying full UK tax. Responding to a growing…

Norquist: Obama won because voters thought Romney was a ‘poopy-head’

Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist says that President Barack Obama did not win re-election because of his promise to raise taxes on the wealthy, but it was because attack ads made voters thing that Mitt Romney was a “poopy-head.” During a Monday interview on CBS, Norquist suggested that Republicans had a…

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