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U.S. hikers jailed in Iran marry in California

WASHINGTON — Two of the US hikers imprisoned in Iran on suspicion of being spies after straying across the border in July 2009 married in California, a lawyer and friend of the couple said Monday. Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd — who became engaged during their time in captivity —…

Economic trends strengthen Obama’s hand

WASHINGTON — There is no doubt Barack Obama is in a tough spot. With time slipping away before November’s elections, the economy seems to keep dealing him a sub-par hand. Unemployment, at 8.1 percent, is still high enough to induce mountain sickness, and the descent has been painfully slow. The…

Rep. Adam Smith urges Congress to remove indefinite detention from NDAA

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) urged his colleagues on Monday to ensure that next year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) did not allow the military to detain anyone on U.S. soil without trial. The NDAA of 2013 released by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard McKeon includes language stating that any…

U.S. urges circumcision for soldiers to fight HIV in Africa

MAPUTO — Male circumcision is the best way to prevent new HIV infections in the military, the head of US anti-AIDS efforts told a gathering of top army brass from Africa, Eastern Europe and central Asia. “We believe male circumcision is a highly significant, lifetime intervention. It is a gift…

Rep. Allen West: Obama’s meeting with Karzai a ‘Chamberlain, Hitler moment’

Rep. Allen West, a tea party Republican from Florida, on Monday compared the draw down of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to the appeasement of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, according to Right Wing Watch. On May 1, President Barack Obama signed a ten-year security agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Under…

Civil rights groups oppose House version of VAWA

Civil rights groups stated their opposition to the House version of the Violence Against Women Act on Monday, saying the bill lacked protections for minority groups. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and American Civil Liberties Union sent letters to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) on…

Al-Qaeda airline bomb plot foiled by CIA: report

The CIA thwarted an al-Qaeda bomb plot directed against U.S.-bound airliners around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, according to the Associated Press. The would-be airline bomber reportedly had an underwear bomb similar to the one that failed to detonate aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from…

Romney silent as supporter insists Obama be tried for ‘treason’

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday declined to agree or disagree with a woman that told him that President Barack Obama should be tried for treason, an offense punishable by death. During a town hall event in Cleveland, Ohio, a woman said that the president should be “tried…

EPA scientist who warned of caustic dust from Ground Zero wins job back

A government scientist sacked for exposing the dangers to firefighters from the caustic air at Ground Zero in the days after 9/11 got her job back on Monday. A federal court ordered that Cate Jenkins, a chemist at the Environmental Protection Agency, be reinstated to her job with back pay.…

Fortune 500 companies have record profits of $825 billion in 2011

The 500 largest US companies piled up record profits last year, despite a lackluster economy, and energy giant ExxonMobil ousted Wal-Mart as the biggest revenue maker, Fortune magazine said Monday. The combined earnings of the Fortune 500 corporations rose 16 percent from 2010 to a record high of $825 billion…

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