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Auto union calls on Chrysler to go public

An auto union pension fund has moved to push Chrysler to go public so that the fund can sell its shares in the automaker on the open market, Chrysler said Wednesday. The number three US automaker said the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, which holds 16.6 percent of Chrysler shares,…

9/11 prosecutor wants conspiracy charge dropped

The chief prosecutor for Guantanamo’s military tribunals recommended Wednesday dismissing one of eight charges against five prisoners accused over the September 11 attacks. Brigadier General Mark Martins has asked the Pentagon official who oversees the military commissions at the US military jail to drop the conspiracy charge, while keeping intact…

Iran blamed for spat of high-powered cyber attacks on U.S. banks

US financial institutions are being pounded with high-powered cyber attacks that some suspect are being orchestrated by Iran as payback for political sanctions. “There is no doubt within the US government that Iran is behind these attacks,” James Lewis, a former official in the state and commerce departments and now…

Biden: Gun panel not just a photo-op

US Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday promised real action to curb gun violence, including possible executive orders by President Barack Obama, and insisted his policy panel on the issue was no photo-op. Biden spoke before meeting gun control advocacy organizations and victims of firearms violence and a day before meeting…

Four Polish soldiers re-tried in Afghan war crimes case

Four Polish soldiers, accused of committing war crimes in Afghanistan, on Wednesday faced the first day of a re-trial after Poland’s Supreme Court last year overturned their acquittal, a military court spokesman said. The case marks the first instance in which Polish troops have faced a court martial for war…

U.S. oil output to soar to 26-year high in 2014

US oil production will jump 23 percent over the next two years to a quarter-century high by 2014, reducing demand for foreign supplies from the world’s largest oil importer, according to a new official forecast. The government’s Energy Information Agency said that booming production from shale and other “tight oil”…

Study: Even wealthy Americans in worse health than western Europeans

Americans are in worse health, die earlier and suffer from more disease than residents of other wealthy nations, according to a new study out Wednesday. The disadvantage spans all ages from birth to 75, said the report, conducted jointly by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine. Some…

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigns

US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigned on Wednesday, becoming the latest member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet to decide not to stay on in his second term. Obama praised the Hispanic former lawmaker as a “tireless champion for working families” and said she had been a critical member of his…

AIG refuses to join lawsuit against U.S. government

The board of giant insurer AIG decided Wednesday not to join a private shareholder lawsuit against the US government over the $182 billion rescue of the insurer in 2008. The lawsuit filed by Starr International, which is controlled by former AIG chief executive Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, argued that the massive…

U.S. National Cathedral opens doors to same-sex weddings

The Washington National Cathedral, a focal point of Christian worship in the United States, said Wednesday that, effective immediately, it will officiate same-sex weddings. In a statement, its dean, Gary Hall, said the cathedral — one of the biggest in the nation — would marry gay and lesbian couples using…

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