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Obama’s former literary agency claimed he was born in Kenya

Breitbart News reported on Thursday that a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by President Barack Obama’s then-literary agency claimed he was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.” Obama has been dogged by questions about his eligibility to serve as President of the United States since 2008. Many…

Researchers untangle complex genetic processes underlying breast cancer

Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have begun to unravel the complex processes that cause breast cancer, identifying a variety of genetic mutations that emerge during tumor growth. Their research found that a variety of naturally-occurring mutations in the DNA cells can initiate different sequences of mutations that eventually…

Senate approves new Federal Reserve governors

WASHINGTON — The US Senate Thursday confirmed two Obama administration nominees to the board of the Federal Reserve after Republicans kept them on hold since December. The confirmations of economist Jeremy Stein and investment banker Jerome Powell will bring the Fed’s board up to full strength of seven governors for…

Senate to ask JPMorgan chief to testify

WASHINGTON — JPMorgan Chase’s embattled chief executive Jamie Dimon will be invited to testify before the Senate Banking Committee to discuss the huge trading losses announced by the largest US bank, a lawmaker said Thursday. Banking Committee chairman Senator Tim Johnson expressed his intent to call Dimon as a witness…

Clinton wants Myanmar’s remaining political prisoners freed

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appealed Thursday for Myanmar’s remaining political prisoners to be freed, following previous releases under reforms in the military-dominated state. “We also would like to see the release of any continued political prisoners,” Clinton told reporters during a press conference with Myanmar Foreign…

Obama to meet Karzai in Chicago on Sunday

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Chicago Sunday, as he launches a NATO summit that will mark a “critical milestone” in ending the war, a top official said. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will also attend the summit, with a final agreement apparently…

U.S. defends visa granted to Raul Castro’s daughter

WASHINGTON — The United States Thursday defended its decision to grant a visa to the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, saying there was no blanket ban on visits by officials from the communist state. Mariela Castro, a sexologist who backs gay rights, is due to attend the annual conference…

Justice Dept. issues LGBT-inclusive rules to prevent sexual assault in prisons

The Department of Justice (DOJ) unveiled LGBT-inclusive regulations on Thursday in accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA). The new rules initiate the implementation of the PREA by setting up new national standards for eliminating sexual abuse in prisons, jails, and other detention facilities. National Center for…

Biden mocks Romney by taking credit for moon landing

Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday joked that he would “take a lot of credit for a man having landed on the moon” to point out the absurdity of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney taking responsibility for saving the U.S. auto industry. “So I’ll take a lot of credit…

Zimmerman legal defense fund has raised $1,000 a day so far

A new legal defense fund for George Zimmerman, the crime watch volunteer accused of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, has raised about $1,000 a day so far this month, his lawyer said Thursday. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting death in Sanford, Florida. The…

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