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Judge rejects Bradley Manning dismissal in WikiLeaks case

A military judge on Wednesday rejected a request to dismiss all charges against US soldier Bradley Manning, who is accused of passing a trove of secret documents to the WikiLeaks website. Colonel Denise Lind said there was no “prosecutorial misconduct,” ruling out the dropping of all 22 counts against Manning,…

‘Young Turk’ to ‘sexist’ Fox News host: ‘F*ck you!’

A Fox News host who joked that women have all the rights the need because they can shop got a two-word response from The Young Turks co-host Ana Kasparian on Tuesday: “Fuck you!” Fox News co-host Greg Gutfeld on Friday ranted against the National Organization for Women (NOW) because they…

Supreme Court to review Arizona immigration law

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday will take up Arizona’s controversial law cracking down on illegal immigrants as it prepares to weigh in on yet another heated issue in the 2012 election. After three days of hearings on President Barack Obama’s landmark health reform law last month, the court will…

Obama ‘Slow Jams the News’ and student debt on Fallon

US President Barack Obama “slow jammed” his call to prevent a spike in federal student loan rates during a comedy show appearance early Wednesday aimed at the youth vote. During a swing through North Carolina — a key battleground in November’s presidential election — Obama appeared on “Late Night with…

Fed to meet as U.S. recovery sputters

The erratic path of the three-year-old US economic recovery will weigh on Federal Reserve policymakers when they gather Wednesday amid a fresh bout of anxiety over the slow pace of revival. The Fed’s interest rate-setting panel will end two days of meetings in Washington to decide whether more stimulus for…

South Korean retailers suspend sales of U.S. beef on ‘mad cow’ news

The United States scrambled on Wednesday to contain the fallout from the discovery of mad cow disease in California as the top beef exporter insisted the outbreak posed no threat to consumers. The US Department of Agriculture on Tuesday reported the country’s fourth-ever case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), but…

Abraham Lincoln’s opera glasses up for auction

The opera glasses Abraham Lincoln held when he was fatally shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington on April 14, 1865 are on the auction block. Lincoln carried the opera glasses to a showing of the play “Our American Cousin” when John Wilkes Booth burst into the president’s theater box and…

Obama camp slams ‘Back to the Future’ Romney

President Barack Obama’s camp greeted Mitt Romney’s coronation as Republican nominee, warning he would turn America “Back to the Future” to crisis-causing economic policies. “Mitt Romney has spent the past year out on the campaign trail tearing down the president with a negative message that even Republicans who have endorsed…

Romney lays claim to nomination with 5-state sweep

Mitt Romney effectively claimed the Republican presidential nomination as he reveled in a five-state primary sweep and urged voters to help him oust President Barack Obama in November. With wins Tuesday in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, according to US media forecasts, Romney essentially kicked off his…

Former BP engineer charged with destroying evidence in Gulf oil spill

The US justice department has made the first arrest in connection with the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, charging a former engineer with destroying evidence relating to the amount of oil gushing from BP’s stricken well. Two years after the 20 April 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon, the justice…

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