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Americans more likely to see themselves as lower class

WASHINGTON — More Americans — including growing numbers of young people and whites — see themselves as members of the lower classes, according to a study released Monday. At 32 percent, about a third of adults consider themselves part of society’s disadvantaged sectors, up from a quarter four years ago,…

‘Anonymous’ didn’t hack FBI laptop, says hacked web publisher

The hacking group Anonymous lied when it claimed to have hacked into an FBI agent’s laptop and extracted a file with millions of personal details about Apple users. The file in fact came from a web publisher called Blue Toad, whose chief executive Paul DeHart said on Monday that the…

Unidentified detainee mysteriously dies at Guantanamo Bay

WASHINGTON — A detainee died over the weekend at the US prison for “war on terror” suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the ninth since the detention center opened in 2002, the US military said Monday. The detainee, who was not identified pending notification of his government and next of kin,…

Study hints at brain chemistry of cocaine withdrawal pain

WASHINGTON — US researchers have uncovered part of what’s happening, on a cellular level, to make cocaine addicts going cold turkey feel so bloody awful, according to a study published Monday. The results provide a better understanding of what’s creating that crashing low of withdrawal — and may offer a…

U.S.-Mexico activists opposed to drug war arrive in Washington

WASHINGTON — Activists who dismiss the US and Mexican war on drug cartels as an abject, tragic failure rolled into Washington Monday after a monthlong cross-country trek to press for a new approach. Those suggested alternatives include a stronger effort to deny cartels the guns they get from the United…

Ground Zero cancer victims to get compensation

NEW YORK — About 50 types of cancer have been added to the list of diseases eligible for coverage in a compensation program for people who became sick after the World Trade Center collapse on September 11, 2001, officials said Monday. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health said…

Obama gets post-convention poll boost

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama received a significant bounce from his party’s convention last week and now leads the White House race by a clear margin, polls indicated Monday. A polling aide to Republican challenger Mitt Romney dismissed any bump as a “sugar-high” that would dissolve once the harsh…

Minnesota GOP delegates blast Romney over recent Obamacare remarks

Liberty Republicans in Minnesota on Monday slammed Mitt Romney for admitting that he likes some provisions of President Barack Obama’s signature health reform law. Liberty Republicans comprised the majority of Minnesota’s delegation to the RNC and had supported libertarian-leaning candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). The group said the Republican presidential…

Ford plans to add 1,200 new jobs in Detroit

Ford said Monday it will create 1,200 new jobs next year at its Flat Rock, Michigan, plant where it plans to produce the 2013 Fusion sedan. The plant, jointly owned by Ford and Mazda but managed by Ford, produced the Mazda 6 up through last month, and currently produces Ford’s…

App firm claims says it’s likely the source of Apple ID data breach

A digital publisher said Monday it was likely the source of a data breach which resulted in the leak of personal data from as many as 12 million Apple iPhone and iPad users. Hackers initially claimed the data containing Apple identification codes known as UDIDs was stolen from an FBI…

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