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SEC ends investigation of Goldman Sachs in subprime mortgage crisis

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has decided not to file any charges against Goldman Sachs over its sale of subprime mortgage-backed products, the investment bank has said. Goldman Sachs was notified Monday by SEC staff “that the investigation into this offering has been completed… and that the staff does…

Three Americans killed in Afghanistan in ambush by man in Afghan uniform

Three American soldiers were killed Friday when a man in Afghan uniform turned his weapon on them, the US military said, in the third so-called green-on-blue attack in less than a week. A spokeswoman said “an individual in an Afghan uniform fired on US Forces-Afghanistan services members in Sangin district…

Colorado theater shooting suspect ‘mentally ill’: lawyer

CENTENNIAL, Colorado — The man suspected of gunning down 12 people at a screening of the new Batman movie last month is mentally ill, his defense lawyer said, seeking more time to assess his health. James Holmes faces two counts of first degree murder for each person killed in the…

NASA’s test Moon lander crashes and burns

MIAMI — NASA’s experimental Moon lander crashed and burst into flames seconds after takeoff due to a hardware fault, the US space agency said, prompting an investigation but no casualties. The low-cost Project Morpheus lander prototype, designed to carry cargo to the Moon and other space destinations, lifted off the…

Google hit with $22.5 million fine over Internet tracking

The Federal Trade Commission today announced a $22.5 million fine against Google for circumventing settings on Safari Internet browsers and planting advertising cookies without user consent — a subject we wrote about in June. The size of the fine — a record amount for an FTC privacy case — had…

Tightrope walker takes stroll above New Jersey beach

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — Nik Wallenda, the American man who recently walked across a wire strung over Niagara Falls, hit the beach for a stroll Thursday — 100 feet above the beach, to be exact. The daredevil’s latest public stunt was less visually spectacular than his Niagara conquest on…

ACLU argues Facebook ‘like’ is protected by First Amendment

WASHINGTON — Freedom of speech on Facebook is at the heart of an appeals court case in Virginia involving an elected sheriff who fired staff members who “liked” his rival on the social networking site. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) this week associated itself with the case in Newport…

Indian lawmakers voice anger at U.S. Sikh temple shooting

NEW DELHI — Indian lawmakers voiced anger on Thursday over the killings of six people by a gunman in a Sikh temple in the mid-western US state of Wisconsin. The killings are blamed on Wade Michael Page, a singer in a neo-Nazi punk band, who opened fire on the worshippers…

Self-defense ruling sought in Trayvon Martin case

MIAMI — A man charged with the murder of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin will seek a judge’s ruling on his claim to have acted in self defense under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, his lawyer said Thursday. Mark O’Mara said that if, after a hearing, the judge decides neighborhood…

Vogue breaks own record with 916-page September issue

NEW YORK — The US edition of fashion magazine Vogue said Thursday its upcoming September issue will be its biggest ever, surpassing the previous record-setter made famous in a documentary film. With pop diva Lady Gaga on the cover, the 916-page door stopper, scheduled to hit newsstands in the United…

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