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Police: Colorado woman beat to death homeless man she suspected of molesting child

A Colorado woman is accused of beating to death a homeless man she suspected of molesting a child. Police said 33-year-old Forsythia Owen admitted to killing Denzel Rainey after a child told her the man had sexually abused her. The 42-year-old Rainey’s body was found early Sunday in an Englewood,…

Ted Cruz declines Reid’s offer to continue speaking so he can make Limbaugh appointment

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and some of his Republicans ended their filibuster-style speech Wednesday against Obamacare after more than 21 hours. The tea party-backed Texas senator began speaking at 2:41 p.m. Tuesday and continued until shortly after noon Wednesday, in a speech that covered a wide range of unrelated topics,…

Stocks fall over fear of government shutdown and debt ceiling showdown

US stocks Wednesday moved lower as investors remained cautious amid a partisan budget squabble in Washington. About 40 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 35.75 (0.23 percent) to 15,298.84. The broad-based S&P 500 lost 4.98 (0.29 percent) at 1,692.44, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index dropped…

Vatican says Jesus Christ ‘used tweets before everyone else’

Jesus Christ was the world’s first tweeter because his pronouncements were “brief and full of meaning”, Vatican cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi said Wednesday. Christ “used tweets before everyone else, with elementary phrases made up of fewer than 45 characters like ‘Love one another’”, said Ravasi, the Vatican’s equivalent of a culture…

NSA chief defends his agency’s ‘noble mission’ to defend the U.S.

The head of the National Security Agency Wednesday defended US surveillance programs as part of a “noble” mission to protect the nation and said reports on them were “sensationalized.” “The future of this country depends on our ability to defend against cyber attacks and terrorist threats, and we need the…

Deputies: Florida man tried to pay water bill with crack cocaine

A Florida public works office was evacuated Monday after a man handed over an envelope containing white powder to pay his water bill. After emergency crews investigated, they determined the powder was actually crack cocaine. Sheriff’s deputies in Volusia County said customers often drop off envelopes on the counter of…

Treasury Secretary explains: The debt ceiling only allows U.S. to pay for spending Congress has already approved

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Wednesday the US government will have no more flexibility to juggle spending and meet its obligations after October 17, under a statutory debt cap. Lew told Congress that, after months of maneuvers to meet government commitments without added borrowing, those “extraordinary measures” will be exhausted…

U.S. signs landmark United Nations weapons trade treaty

US President Barack Obama’s administration on Wednesday signed a landmark UN treaty regulating the $90 billion conventional arms trade, offering a major boost to the pact despite opposition at home. The United States is the world’s largest exporter of conventional arms. The treaty would set up greater international guidelines to…

Senate Leader Harry Reid: There’s no filibuster going on now

The US Senate faces a Sunday showdown over whether to keep government running, but bickering over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is bringing federal agencies dangerously close to a shutdown. A fractured Congress is struggling to approve a stopgap spending bill that keeps government doors open after the…

Retiree catches notorious ‘testicle-eating’ fish in New Jersey lake

A retired bus driver caught a notorious testicle-eating fish native to the Amazon River while fishing in a New Jersey lake. Tom Boylan, 77, said he caught the 10-inch Pacu fish, which has large teeth with dulled points that resemble human teeth, while angling at a lake in Passaic’s Third…

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