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Rep. Van Hollen blasts GOP over drug testing the jobless

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) on Sunday slammed House Republicans for proposing that those who receive federal unemployment benefits should be forced to undergo drug testing. “I think the drug testing thing is a red herring,” he told C-SPAN’s Newsmakers. “The reality is that people are not out of work…

Woman who threatened Rep. Peter King shot to death by police

A Muslim woman who allegedly sent “suspicious” packages to New York Rep. Peter King and New York state Sen. Greg Ball in November was shot to death by police on Christmas morning in Marietta, Georgia, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Jameela Cecila Barnette allegedly attacked a Cobb County police officer…

U.S. military urges more trust of Pakistan after airstrike probe

WASHINGTON — The head of US Central Command urged greater trust and communications with the Pakistani military on Monday amid a diplomatic crisis after US air strikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last month. General James Mattis made his recommendations after his command, which oversees US military operations across a wide…

Federal judge blocks Arizona’s anti-abortion law

A federal judge in Arizona issued a temporary injunction against a new law intended to target donations to charities that provide abortion services or refer people to abortion providers, according to The Arizona Republic. The law, House Bill 2384, excludes organizations that “provide pay for, promote, provide coverage of or provide…

BofA mulls more asset sales to boost capital

(Reuters) - Bank of America Corp is lagging behind its major U.S. competitors in complying with new capital rules, leading the bank to consider even more asset sales, sources said. The bank’s management is focused on not being an outlier compared to its peers and believes it has “viable alternatives” to increase…

Security firm Stratfor suffers Anonymous hack

WASHINGTON — Online “hacktivist” group Anonymous claimed Sunday it had stolen a trove of emails and credit card information from US-based security firm Stratfor’s clients, and vowed additional attacks. Hackers provided a link on Twitter to what they said was Stratfor’s private client list, which included the US Defense Department,…

Lost blind dog reunited with family

In perhaps the most touching story of the Christmas season, a dog born without eyes who went missing a month ago has found his way home thanks to a caring high school teacher and an ad on Craigslist. Belinda Gutierrez of San Antonio, Texas, took the blind cairn terrier mix…

Naked man dies fleeing from ambulance on CA highway

A naked man began was struck and killed on a California highway Friday as he fled from the back of an ambulance, according to the Assoicated Press. The California Highway patrol says the man became agitated and began acting erratically in the ambulance, which was traveling north on Interstate 5…

U.S. reports progress on bioweapons control

Progress has been made in protecting against the threat of biological weapons, the State Department said Friday at the end of global talks which agreed to boost moves to thwart their spread. “We will continue to face new and emerging biological threats that will require the coordinated and connected efforts…

Obama denies being ‘Spock-like’

It’s official: US President Barack Obama has nothing to do with highly logical, largely insensitive Mr. Spock character on the science fiction TV show “Star Trek.” “What’s the biggest misconception about you?” ABC interviewer Barbara Walters asked Obama. “Me being detached, or Spock-like, or very analytical,” said Obama. “People who…

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