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US Airways, American Airlines move toward merger

US Airways chief executive Douglas Parker told employees Friday that the company had taken initial steps toward a possible merger with rival American Airlines, which is in bankruptcy protection. In a letter to staff, Parker said a deal had been reached with three unions representing 55,000 American Airlines staff to…

Bashir: Book of Mormon promises ‘eternal damnation’ for Romney’s lies

MSNBC host Martin Bashir on Thursday read from the Book of Mormon to make the point that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney might win the White House by lying but he would be condemned to “eternal damnation.” “Mr. Romney seems to be having some trouble telling the truth,” Bashir…

Coulter: ‘Negroes’ need more guns because of ‘Democratic KKK’

Ann Coulter says that gun control laws are inherently racist and that the solution to incidents like the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is more “negroes with guns.” On Tuesday, Coulter used Martin’s shooting to argue against gun control laws and said that every African American should arm themselves against…

Ohio Amish plead not guilty in beard-cutting case

Sixteen members of a US Amish community accused of carrying out a string of beard and hair-cuttings against religious rivals have pleaded not guilty and are set to go on trial in August. The defendants — 10 men and six women — refused to speak to media after their afternoon…

Smithsonian welcomes space shuttle Discovery

Discovery on Thursday became the first spaceship of the retired US shuttle fleet to enter its permanent home as a museum artifact, marking a solemn end to the 30-year manned spaceflight program. The oldest surviving US shuttle, Discovery flew 39 missions to space beginning in 1984 and its transition from…

Guantanamo 9/11 detainee contests court’s secrecy rule

An accused September 11 conspirator filed a motion challenging a rule that keeps statements by the Guantanamo detainees secret, his lawyer said. Attorney James Connell called for end to “the presumption of classification” that applies to everything the Guantanamo detainees say. His client, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, is scheduled to…

Online ‘propaganda’ campaign targets USA Today reporters

Two USA Today reporters have become the target of a propaganda campaign after they reported on the tax problems of a intelligence contractor. Tom Vanden Brook and Ray Locker reported in February on “dubious, costly” propaganda campaigns carried out by contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. The reporters noted that Leonie…

Plane crashes in Gulf of Mexico, pilot ‘unresponsive’

WASHINGTON — A small private plane with only an “unresponsive” pilot on board crashed into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday after circling for more than two hours, US officials said. The US Air Force had scrambled two F-15 fighter jets to intercept and monitor the Cessna 421 aircraft, which…

New York police open new leads on child missing 33 years

NEW YORK — New York police and the FBI dug into a Manhattan basement Thursday to pursue new leads in a child disappearance case that shocked the city 33 years ago. Swarms of officers gathered outside the building where agents hoped they might finally get to the bottom of the…

Vermont calls on Congress to overturn Citizens United ruling

Vermont became the third state on Thursday to call on the U.S. Congress to overturn the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. The Vermont House passed the resolution by a 92-40 vote. The Vermont Senate passed the resolution 26-3 last week. The 2010 Citizens United ruling struck…

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