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First Romney campaign ad promises tax cuts for the rich on ‘Day One’

WASHINGTON — Republican Mitt Romney unveiled Friday his first TV ad focused on the general election campaign, saying he’d repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, cut taxes and approve a key oil pipeline. The 30-second, upbeat advertisement is the Romney campaign’s first since he became the presumptive Republican nominee…

Video released of Trayvon Martin buying iced tea and Skittles

Prosecutors have released video footage of Trayvon Martin buying sweets and a drink in a Florida convenience store minutes before he was shot and killed in a confrontation with a neighbourhood watch leader. The scenes recorded at the 7-Eleven close to the Retreat at Twin Lakes development in Sanford show…

Republican-led House votes to allow military action against Iran

The Republican-led House of Representatives approved Friday the use of US force against Iran if the Tehran regime threatens the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons. According to a section of the National Defense Authorization Act, “it shall be the policy of the United States to take all…

Man charged with threatening to blow up Wisconsin Democrats’ HQ

A Wisconsin man was charged on Friday afternoon for threats he made in February and March, in which he claimed that he was going to shoot Democrats and blow up the party’s state headquarters in Madison. In more than 100 calls allegedly placed by William O. Diedrich to the Wisconsin…

Facebook users file class action lawsuit over online tracking

Facebook’s first day of trading following its $100bn flotation has been gate-crashed by a $15bn class action against the social network. Users of the service have filed an “amended consolidated class action complaint” in federal court in San Jose, California, relating to allegations that Facebook has been “improperly tracking the…

Obama announces partnership with private sector to feed the world’s poor

US President Barack Obama on Friday reached out to the private sector in hopes of lifting 50 million people in the developing world from poverty, as wealthy nations grapple with a budget crunch. Ahead of talks of the Group of Eight major industrial nations, Obama pledged that the United States…

House rejects bill that would have limited indefinite detention on U.S. soil

US lawmakers struck down a contentious provision Friday that would have curtailed the government’s power to indefinitely hold suspected terrorists captured on American soil. The measure, backed by an odd coalition of liberal Democrats and some Tea Party-backed Republican conservatives, had sought to ensure that suspected terrorists detained in the…

NYPD faces criticism over stop-and-frisk

The New York Police Department faces unprecedented fire over stop-and-frisk, a tactic officials herald for curbing the city’s once notorious murder rate, but which critics see as a racially charged assault on human rights. Champions on both sides of the debate chimed in Friday a day after the police commissioner,…

Co-worker: Zimmerman bullied me with racist taunts

Provocative new evidence has been released by the prosecution in the investigation and upcoming trial of George Zimmerman, who shot teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida earlier this year.  Think Progress is reporting that a co-worker of Zimmerman’s has testified to prosecutors that the former neighborhood watch captain bullied him at…

Ex-priest guilty of conspiring to kill boy who accused him of rape

A former Roman Catholic priest was found guilty on Thursday of hiring a hit man to kill a boy who had accused him of sexual abuse. John Fiala, 53, showed no emotion as a Dallas jury found him guilty of plotting to kill the boy, according to The Dallas Morning…

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