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Supreme Court rejects bid to disqualify Obama as president

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court Monday slapped down a new bid seeking to show that Barack Obama was ineligible to be elected president of the United States in the 2008 White House race. The nation’s highest court refused to take up a case brought by three people “who claim…

California slaps down attempts to ban circumcision

LOS ANGELES — California has banned local authorities from trying to outlaw male circumcision, after a group lobbied to prohibit the practice in San Francisco. Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill banning city or county authorities in the Golden State from prohibiting male circumcision or barring parents…

Obama sends three trade deals to Congress

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Monday sent long-stalled free trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea to the congress and pressed lawmakers there to approve them “without delay.” “These agreements will support tens of thousands of jobs across the country for workers making products stamped with three…

U.S. man pleads not guilty to aerial bomb plot

WORCESTER, Massachusetts — A US physics graduate accused of planning to bomb the US Capitol and the Pentagon with explosives-packed model planes pleaded not guilty to all charges Monday. Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, is also accused of planning to attack the sites in Washington with automatic weapons and grenades. He faces…

U.S. officials deny ‘complicity’ with pipeline execs

WASHINGTON — The State Department on Monday denied claims of “complicity” with a firm building a $7 billion US-Canada oil pipeline, made by an environmentalist group that released emails it said showed bias. The State Department insisted it had behaved “transparently and evenhandedly” toward the Keystone XL project to bring…

Starbucks launches job creation campaign

WASHINGTON — Coffee chain Starbucks on Monday told US customers their country needs them — to help create jobs. The chain, omnipresent in many US cities, announced the launch of a donation drive, with proceeds being used to back loans for small job-creating businesses. “Small businesses are the backbone of…

ATF shifts blame: It’s Congress fault marijuana users can’t own guns

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) director Mike Sullivan appeared Monday on Fox News to defend a memo sent gun dealers in the United States. He claimed the agency was only following laws passed by Congress. The memo stated that those who use marijuana legally in accordance with their…

Former drug czar: Florida welfare drug testing policy is misguided

Former White House Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey thinks that Florida’s new policy of drug testing anyone who applies for temporary government assistance is counterproductive. “What kind of sense does that make?” he said, according to WCTV. “You’ve got to make the barriers to entering rehabilitation low. You want people in…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ attorney: NYPD trying to intimidate

Marina Sitrin, an attorney who is part of the “Occupy Wall Street” legal working group, told Amy Goodman of Democracy Now on Monday that New York Police officers were conducting mass arrests in hopes of suppressing the ongoing protest. More than 700 demonstrators were arrested as they tried to cross…

Gov. O’Malley kicks off Maryland marriage equality campaign

Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) described himself as a “Marylander for marriage equality” as part of a video campaign seeking to raise support for same sex marriage. “As a free and diverse people of many different faiths, we choose to be governed under the law by certain fundamental principles, among them,…

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