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John Kerry on Benghazi: I don’t think anybody lied to anybody

US Secretary of State John Kerry pledged Wednesday that nobody had lied about last year’s attack on a US mission in Libya that killed four Americans, and he urged lawmakers to move on. The former senator found the tables turned as he was grilled about the hot-button issue by his…

Third Boston Marathon bombing victim identified as Chinese national Lu Lingzi

A Chinese student has been identified as the third person to have died in the Boston marathon bombings. Boston University confirmed that a statistics student, Lu Lingzi, 23, died when she was watching the race on Monday. China’s state newswire Xinhua said she been watching the race with two friends…

Muslims fear scapegoating after Boston Marathon bombing

US Muslims are “holding their breath” as the investigation into the Boston Marathon attacks develops, amid fears of increased racial profiling and attacks if an Islamic link is confirmed, according to advocate groups. Investigators say they still do not know who carried out the attacks or why, and Janet Napolitano,…

Obama slams Senate minority who ‘willfully lied’ about background checks

An defiant and angry President Barack Obama Wednesday said the defeat of gun reforms in the US Senate was “shameful,” accused senators of caving to the gun lobby, and promised to fight on. A deeply emotional Obama — in unusually direct language, and surrounded by relatives of gun victims including…

FDA often has slow and secretive response to flawed drug research

This week, we reported that the Food and Drug Administration left medicines on the market for years after discovering they were approved based on fraudulent studies by Cetero Research, which did testing for drug companies worldwide. Turns out that wasn’t an anomaly: The agency’s slow, secretive response in the Cetero…

Twitter plans to mine people’s tweets to target ads

Twitter on Wednesday began to allow ads to be targeted at users based on the words written in ‘tweets’ and messages forwarded to followers at the popular social network. Previously, contents of Twitter messages relied on algorithms that pool the interests of users to send them potentially relevant ads in…

Drug czar: No state can nullify federal marijuana ban

President Barack Obama’s drug czar toed a strict line on marijuana Wednesday, saying federal laws will prevail regardless of state-level efforts to legalize pot. Gil Kerlikowske said enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 — which ranks marijuana as a Schedule One drug alongside heroin, LSD and ecstasy —…

U.S. returns stolen Virgin Mary tapestry to Spain

A 16th century religious tapestry stolen from a Spanish cathedral in 1979 and sold at auction three years ago for $369,000 was returned to Spain on Wednesday by the US customs service. In a statement, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said special agents from its Homeland Security Investigations unit…

9/11 hearing delayed after defense lawyers allege emails were hacked

A judge has delayed an upcoming hearing for five men accused of plotting the September 11 attacks due to suspicions that confidential defense emails were monitored, a lawyer said Wednesday. The next preliminary hearing had been set to take place on April 22 at the US military base at Guantanamo.…

Pentagon silent on Syria chemical weapons use

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declined Wednesday to discuss Syria’s possible use of chemical weapons against rebels, raising doubts over whether Washington still viewed chemical arms a “red line.” The United States has avoided intervention in the Syrian conflict but President Barack Obama has repeatedly warned Damascus against resorting to chemical…

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