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Retail sales fall for second month in a row

US retail sales fell for a second consecutive month in May, the government reported Wednesday, a worrying sign that consumers are cutting back spending that fuels most of the economy. Retail sales fell 0.2 percent in May, following a revised 0.2 percent decline in April, the Commerce Department said. The…

Tea party senator wants JPMorgan CEO to ‘guide’ Congress on banking regulation

Tea party favorite Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) on Wednesday asked JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, who recently announced that his company had lost at least $2 billion in the derivative market, to “guide” Congress in creating friendly banking regulations. During a U.S. Senate Banking Committee hearing, DeMint told Dimon that lawmakers…

U.S. Catholics still suspect priests sexually abuse children: Report

Many Roman Catholics in the United States still believe that priests are sexually abusing children, says a report from a lay advisory group released Wednesday by the nation’s bishops. The National Review Board said that, a decade after the US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a child protection charter, there…

National Archives publishes vintage wartime propaganda online

Winston Churchill with a jowl or two flatteringly removed, a fierce group of women in pinnies marching out under the banner “Up housewives and at ‘em!” to recycle their domestic waste into “planes, guns, tanks, ships & ammunition”, and a startling image of the assassination in 1942 of a Nazi…

Texas town decides election by roll of the dice

One Texas town made a notable headline Tuesday evening, when it decided who would be its newest council member by the simple roll of a dice. According to KTRK-TV, Webster, Texas broke the 111-111 tie between Diana Newland and Edward Lapeyre tied in their runoff election last week based on…

Norquist calls C-SPAN caller a ‘very nice left-wing twit’

Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist on Wednesday blasted a “very nice left-wing twit” who thanked him for contributing to the destruction of the middle class in the U.S. During an interview on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, a prankster calling in on the Republican line said that he made “seven figures” and he…

Paul Ryan: It’s ‘amazing’ that Romney is tied with Obama

Even Republican vice presidential contender Paul Ryan is surprised that GOP hopeful Mitt Romney is doing so well against President Barack Obama. During an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, co-host Gretchen Carlson asked Ryan why the Republican message wasn’t “convincing half of the American public” who support Obama. “It’s…

Toddler falls out of SUV during Texas police chase

An 18-month-old girl was treated for minor injuries after she was thrown from an SUV during a police chase in Lubbock, Texas. Police said that they were notified by a 19-year-old victim Saturday night after the toddler’s 17-year-old father and three other teenagers allegedly stole her purse. Authorities were pursuing…

Suspect in U.S. football party shooting surrenders

A man suspected of gunning down three people, including two former US college football players, in a fight over a girl at a pool party has surrendered to police after a three-day manhunt. Desmonte Leonard, 22, has been charged with three counts of capital murder and two counts of first-degree assault…

Firefighters start to contain massive U.S. wildfire

Firefighters have made some progress in containing the biggest wildfire in a decade in Colorado, as federal agencies scramble to help tackle blazes in several western US states. More than 500 firefighters were attacking the Colorado fire and plans were to have as many as 700 to 800 by Wednesday, while multiple aircraft, including five of the…

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