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Obama to announce rare earth trade case against China

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will Tuesday announce a new trade suit against China prompted by Beijing’s restrictions on the export of rare earth materials used in manufacturing high-tech products. A senior White House official said on condition of anonymity that the United States would bring the case at…

Oklahoma House passes bill to drug test politicians

The Oklahoma House on Monday approved legislation that would require politicians throughout the state to be drug tested along with people receiving temporary public assistance. The legislation heads to the state Senate after being passed by a vote of 82 to 6, according to Reuters. The bill requires applicants for…

Obama warns against rush for exits in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday warned against “a rush for the exits” in Afghanistan, as questions mount about US war strategy after a US soldier killed 16 civilians in a shooting rampage. “It’s important for us to make sure that we get out in responsible way, so that…

U.S. to publish bank stress-tests Thursday

WASHINGTON — The US Federal Reserve announced Monday it will publish results of its stress tests for the country’s largest banks on Thursday, aimed at seeing if they are fit to survive another massive recession. The test results will cover 19 large bank holding companies, examining how they would fare…

Rep. Stearns questions whether Obama’s birth certificate is legitimate

During a meeting with constituents, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) openly wondered whether the birth certificate produced by President Barack Obama was real or a forgery. “All I can tell you is that the general consensus is that he has produced a birth certificate,” he said, according to Think Progress. “The…

WTO orders U.S. to halt Boeing subsidies

GENEVA — The World Trade Organization ordered Monday the United States to halt unfair subsidies and tax breaks to planemaker Boeing, judging them to have damaged European rival Airbus. The WTO’s Appellate Body said that it found that certain subsidies and tax breaks “caused, through their effects on Boeing’s prices,…

Teen killed after neighborhood watch mistakes Skittles for weapon

The parents of Florida teen are demanding that a neighborhood watch captain be arrested after their 17-year-old son was gunned down in February, possibly because his bag of Skittles was mistaken for a weapon. The Retreat at Twin Lakes neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman had called police to report Trayvon…

Lawsuit could make DOMA apply to private companies

A lawsuit being heard this week in Pennsylvania could rewrite how the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is applied across civil society, and potentially spark a dramatic expansion of the law’s terms that would force private companies to not recognize same sex spouses. The lawsuit boils down to benefits due…

Berkeley police chief sends officer to reporter’s home to alter story

The Berkeley police union said Monday it was “gravely concerned” that police chief Michael Meehan dispatched an officer to a reporter’s home in the middle of the night to request a correction. The police department had tried to reach Bay Area News Group reporter Doug Oakley by phone and e-mail…

Romney will not enroll in Medicare

On his 65th birthday Monday afternoon, Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney announced that he would not enroll in Medicare and remain with his private insurance plan. According to BuzzFeed, Romney, who has advocated for the wealthiest Americans to take lower public insurance benefits, announced through his campaign that he would…

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