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Four U.S. men arrested over terror plots

WASHINGTON — Four US men were arrested on Tuesday for plotting to attack government workers and official buildings, and for trying to manufacture the deadly biological toxin ricin, authorities said. “These defendants, who are alleged to be part of a fringe militia group, are charged with planning attacks against their…

FBI to probe MF Global for possibly using client funds

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – MF Global Holdings Ltd failed to protect customer accounts by keeping them separate from its own funds, said a top U.S. exchange regulator, another shock for commodity markets scrambling to contain fallout from the brokerage’s bankruptcy. The revelation on Tuesday by CME Group Inc suggests Jon…

Watchdog group blasts Congress: Affirming ‘In God We Trust’ won’t create jobs

The watchdog group Americans United for Separation of Church and State on Tuesday accused Congress of wasting time by voting on a resolution to affirm the phrase “In God We Trust” as the nation’s official motto. “The American people want action on jobs and the economy, yet this Congress continues…

Evacuation after ammonia leak at U.S. nuclear plant

LOS ANGELES — Workers were evacuated from an area of a California nuclear power plant Tuesday after an ammonia leak, but there was no immediate danger to the public, the operator said. The leak occurred in a steam system used to drive the turbines at the San Onofre nuclear plant…

Sens. Udall, Bennet propose amendment to overturn Citizens United ruling

Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Michael Bennet of Colorado introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission The decision gave corporations and unions the ability to spend unlimited amounts of money to…

‘(Un)Occupy Albuquerque’ gets new permit thanks to ACLU

The University of New Mexico on Tuesday renewed “(Un)Occupy Albuquerque’s” permit to protest at Yale Park after the American Civil Liberties Union intervened on behalf of the demonstrators. More than a dozen “(Un)Occupy Albuquerque” protesters were arrested last week when the university refused to issue them a new permit and…

Cain: ‘Smear campaign’ to blame for sex charge revelations

WASHINGTON — Presidential contender Herman Cain said Tuesday that political enemies determined to sabotage his White House bid were to blame for bringing to light sexual harassment charges filed against him in the 1990s. Cain said a “smear campaign” had been launched against him by someone interested putting a stop…

Geithner briefs Boehner on euro crisis

WASHINGTON — Amid fears the eurozone crisis may spill into US markets, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Tuesday discussed the situation with Republican House Speaker John Boehner, the lawmaker’s spokesman said. Geithner briefed Boehner “on the European debt crisis and the potential impact on America,” said the speaker’s press secretary,…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protester: Police ignoring troublemakers at Zuccotti Park

Security at the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration at New York City’s Zuccotti Park has deteriorated as more and more people, including criminals and predators not affiliated with the movement, have packed into the publicly accessible plaza. Most disturbingly, the protesters say police officers have done little about the numerous…

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