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Obama to propose ‘grand bargain’ on infrastructure and corporate taxes

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will propose a “grand bargain for middle-class jobs” on Tuesday that would cut the U.S. corporate tax rate and use billions in revenues generated by a business tax overhaul to fund projects aimed at creating jobs. His goal, to be outlined…

Time Warner Cable pulls back from CBS blackout for now

By Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine (Reuters) – Time Warner Cable agreed on Tuesday to keep the CBS network on the air in New York and other cities after initially announcing a blackout when the two sides failed to reach an agreement on fees. Negotiations between CBS and Time…

Why is Latin making a comeback?

POPE BENEDICT XVI was a Latin lover. In January, not long before stepping down, he launched a Latin language Twitter account that has since attracted more than 130,000 followers. People have used it to follow the visit to Brazil of the new pope, Francis…  …

North Carolina governor signs controversial anti-abortion law

By Karen Brooks (Reuters) – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law on Monday new requirements for clinics performing abortions that supporters say will protect women’s safety and opponents say will restrict access to the procedure. The new law places sweeping new restrictions on abortion clinics, including a requirement…

Woman arrested for defacing Washington’s National Cathedral

By Tom Ramstack WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A woman was arrested for allegedly dumping green paint on portions of the National Cathedral on Monday, while police continued to investigate similar acts of vandalism at other monuments in Washington, D.C. The Episcopal Church cathedral was locked down after the paint was found…

U.S. accuses JPMorgan of manipulating electricity market

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. power regulator outlined its case of market manipulation against JPMorgan Chase & Co on Monday as industry sources said a final settlement on the issue should come on Tuesday. Traders used improper bidding tactics in California and the Midwest to boost profits, officials said in…

LGBT groups hail Pope’s new tone but demand real action

Pope Francis’ remarks that he would not “judge” homosexuals were positively received Monday by liberal groups in the US as “largely symbolic,” but a big step in the right direction. But the progressive Catholic and gay rights groups said the Church still has a long way to go. The pontiff,…

Hackers take full advantage of social media sharing: security experts

Sharing on social media helps hackers sharpen “spear phishing” attacks they use to trick their way into computers, security experts said Monday. Spear phishing refers to individualizing deceptive messages sent to people in order to trick them into clicking on links or opening files booby-trapped with viruses. Public posts on…

Peace activist Garry Davis dies at 92

Peace activist Garry Davis, who dramatically renounced his US citizenship in the dark days of the Cold War and founded a government for self-declared “world citizens” like himself, has died. Davis passed away in a hospice in the New England state of Vermont, where he had lived for many years,…

More than 1,700 U.S. cities will be partially underwater by 2100: study

More than 1,700 American cities and towns – including Boston, New York, and Miami – will have significant populations living below the high-water mark by the end of this century, a new climate change study has found. Those 1,700 towns are locked into a watery future by greenhouse gas emissions…

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