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Obama urges Europe to stabilize banks, ease austerity

US President Barack Obama urged European leaders to stabilize banks and to ease up on extreme austerity prgrammes. Speaking as European Union officials worked over the weekend on a huge rescue plan for Spain’s feeble banks, Obama said the ongoing weakness in the eurozone was a concern for the US…

Oregon tsunami wreck sightseers mull Japan ‘tragedy’

Sightseers flocking to see a tsunami-wrecked dock washed up on a US beach were urged Friday to reflect on the “tragedy” of last year’s killer quake and tidal wave in Japan. Local authorities in Oregon, where the 66-foot (20-meter) floating dock made landfall Tuesday after a 5,500 mile, 15-month trip…

AG Holder to investigate high profile leaks of classified national security info

US Attorney General Eric Holder appointed two prosecutors to lead a criminal investigation of high-profile leaks of classified national security secrets. The “highly-respected and experienced prosecutors will be directing separate investigations currently being conducted by the FBI,” Holder said in a statement. “I have notified members of Congress and plan…

Judge refuses to dismiss Bradley Manning charges

Bradley Manning has failed to persuade a military judge to throw out half of the counts against him in a pre-trial hearing before his court martial for allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of state secrets to WikiLeaks. Colonel Denise Lind, presiding over the proceedings at Fort Meade in Maryland, rejected…

Arrests of reporters at Occupy Wall Street eviction ‘a total myth’ says NYPD

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly wants people to know that anyone who thinks badly of his department is simply misinformed. In an interview published Thursday in the Queens Chronicle, Kelly defended both the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics and its spying on members of the Muslim community. He also inisted…

House passes Homeland Security bill with meaningless anti-abortion rider

Republicans in the House of Representatives attached an anti-abortion rider to a Homeland Security spending bill Thursday. The provision would do nothing to change existing policy and is unlikely to make it past the Senate, but it is seen as sending an election-year message to the lawmakers’ conservative constituents. In…

Female congressional candidates at Netroots Nation: War on Women is real

Friday Massachusetts Senate candidate and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau champion Elizabeth Warren garnered a standing ovation twice at liberal blogger get-together Netroots Nation in Providence, Rhode Island. Her speech, a stump adapted for a lefty audience, earned the biggest cheers when she drew a clear line in the sand between progressives…

U.S. civil rights commission to investigate ‘stand your ground’ laws for racial bias

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights voted on Friday to review so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws nationwide to determine if they have a racial bias. According to Ryan J. Reilly of Talking Points Memo, the commission voted 5-3 in favor of reviewing laws like the one cited as a defense…

Scientists host NASA bake sale

Could some really great cupcakes be enough to send Americans back to the Moon? More than a dozen US universities are hosting events on Saturday to urge support for the cash-strapped space agency, which faces major cuts to its planetary programs in fiscal year 2013. Ranging from shoe shines to…

Study: Nearly 14 million young Americans insured after health reforms

President Barack Obama’s package of health reforms has not yet been fully implemented, but nearly 14 million young Americans are already benefiting from it due to one change in particular that took effect immediately, according to market research published Friday. The Affordable Care Act changed a rule regarding who can…

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