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Supreme Court asked to broadcast healthcare case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. cable TV network and a senior Republican senator asked the Supreme Court Tuesday to allow its first live broadcast when it hears arguments in the legal dispute over President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare overhaul law. In a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts, C-SPAN, the…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters return to park

New York police on Tuesday demolished the Manhattan camp of the anti-Wall Street protests in a surprise raid which threw the two-month-old movement into crisis. Despite launching a swift legal challenge to the dismantling of their tent camp in Zuccotti Park, a judge backed a ban on pitching tents in…

Occupy DC marchers invite Obama to side with protests

WASHINGTON — More than 300 protesters marched on the White House on Tuesday to invite an absent President Barack Obama to side with the Occupy movement, after police raids on camps in New York and other cities. “We would like to welcome him to the movement,” chanted the energetic but…

U.S. Postal Service takes $5 billion loss

WASHINGTON — The US Postal Service on Tuesday reported a $5.1 billion loss for fiscal 2011 and warned of more trouble if has to meet obligations to pay into a retiree health benefits program. The USPS, government-owned but expected to operate on its own financial legs, said the year-end loss…

Campus shooting as protests target UC Berkeley

BERKELEY, California — Police shot a suspected gunman Tuesday on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, officials said, as hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters marched on the elite college. It was unclear if the reported shooting, at the California institution’s Haas School of Business, was related to the…

Rick Perry wants part-time Congress

CHICAGO — White House hopeful Rick Perry on Tuesday unveiled a plan to make serving in the US Congress a part-time and relatively low-paying job as part of a broad overhaul of the federal government. The Texas governor’s proposal comes at a time when Congress faces record disapproval ratings due…

U.S. spends $32 million to make eight 30,000-pound bombs

WASHINGTON — The US Air Force has a new 30,000-pound bomb in its arsenal designed to penetrate targets buried deep underground, a spokesman said Tuesday. The Air Force started taking delivery of the giant bomb, the “Massive Ordnance Penetrator,” in September, said Lieutenant Colonel Jack Miller. Under an August 2…

Nebraska welcomes new Keystone XL pipeline route

CHICAGO — Nebraska’s governor on Tuesday welcomed a controversial US-Canada pipeline now that it will be rerouted away from the state’s sensitive wetlands, but environmentalists vowed to keep up the fight. Governor Dave Heinenman said he hoped the Keystone XL pipeline project could move forward as quickly as possible and…

Facebook, Google oppose U.S. online piracy bills

WASHINGTON — Internet heavyweights Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo! joined ranks on Tuesday to oppose legislation in the US Congress intended to crack down on online piracy. In a joint letter, the firms said they “support the bills’ stated goals — providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites…

GOP presidential candidate Buddy Roemer: Bloomberg on the wrong side of history

Long-shot Republican presidential candidate Buddy Roemer blasted New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday after police tore down the nearly two-month-old “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration in Zuccotti Park. “The mayor of New York City is standing on the wrong side of history. His actions in the midnight hours against…

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