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House Democrats demand Obama release ‘full legal basis’ for drone strikes

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) is leading a small group of House Democrats in calling on President Barack Obama to release information regarding the Administration’s use of drone strikes. In a letter sent Monday, Lee said a leaked Department of Justice memo showed an “increasing devolution of accountability, transparency, and Constitutional…

U.S. officials warn Pakistan risks sanctions over Iran pipeline

Pakistan risks sparking US sanctions if it pursues its plans with Iran to build a $7.5 billion gas pipeline linking the two nations, a senior US official said in a renewed warning Monday. “We have serious concerns, if this project actually goes forward, that the Iran Sanctions Act would be…

Senate Democrats to unveil first budget in four years

President Barack Obama’s Democrats will unveil their first budget in four years this week in the US Senate, while House Republicans will put forward their own blueprint. But the two are unlikely to be reconciled. Congress, aiming to ultimately craft a broad plan that can help reduce the swollen national…

Sex abuse victims call on ‘tarnished’ Cardinals to recuse themselves from Papal conclave

As cardinals prepare for the conclave to elect the next pope, the victims of sex abuse by clergymen are trying to ensure the vote doesn’t go to anyone they accuse of helping cover up the scandal. The Catholic hierarchy had a final day of talks in Rome on Monday before…

White House denies claims of collusion with the Taliban

The White House on Monday strongly rejected allegations from Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the United States was colluding with the Taliban to justify the presence of US troops in the country. “That’s categorically false, and nobody believes it,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said when asked about Karzai’s remarks.…

Greenpeace protesters arrested outside Argentina nuclear plant

Some 40 Greenpeace activists were arrested inside an atomic power plant in Argentina on Monday at a protest on the second anniversary of the earthquake and nuclear disaster in Japan, the group said. The protesters “were beaten and detained after entering the Embalse nuclear facility in Cordoba” some 700 kilometers…

Judge blocks ‘arbitrary’ ban on giant sodas in New York City

A judge in New York on Monday blocked city mayor Michael Bloomberg’s planned ban on giant sodas, just a few hours before restrictions on the sale of such drinks were due to come into effect. Judge Milton Tingling ruled that the measures to restrict soda servings to a maximum of…

No damage reported after Los Angeles shaken by 4.7-magnitude earthquake

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake Monday shook buildings in Los Angeles, with US seismologists saying it was the strongest to hit the area since 2010, but there were no reports of damage or casualties. The epicenter of the quake was some 11 miles (19 kilometers) southeast of Anza, California — about 100…

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman joining conservative think tank

Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman will be joining the American Enterprise Institute, the conservative think tank announced on Monday. Lieberman, a Democrat-turned-Independent, will join former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) as a co-chair of the American Internationalism Project, which advocates for a strong U.S. presence in world affairs. “There is an…

Study: Facebook ‘likes’ reveal personal information

Those Facebook ‘likes’ can reveal a lot more than you think. Research released Monday shows patterns from these Facebook preferences can provide surprisingly accurate estimates of the user’s race, age, IQ, sexuality and other personal information. The researchers developed an algorithm which uses Facebook likes — which are publicly available…

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