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Four of 19 large U.S. banks fail stress tests

WASHINGTON — Citigroup was one of four large US banks that flunked stress tests aimed at seeing how they would hold up in a new economic crisis, Federal Reserve data showed Tuesday. Three others — Ally, Suntrust and MetLife — also failed the tests, while 15 other large bank holding…

Afghan shooting latest scandal for troubled U.S. base

SEATTLE, Washington — The US soldier held for shooting dead 16 Afghan villagers at the weekend was stationed at a military base south of Seattle which has been plagued by scandal and tragedy. Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), which could in theory host a court martial for the unidentified serviceman, has…

Sarah Palin challenges Obama to debate

Former Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Monday night challenged President Barack Obama to a debate. “I’m not running for any office, but I’m more than happy to accept the dubious honor of being Barack Obama’s ‘enemy of the week’ if that includes the opportunity to debate him on the…

Abusive cop blames girlfriend for hitting him with Justin Bieber doll

A Denver police officer has been arrested for abusing his girlfriend, who he accuses of hitting him in the foot with a Justin Bieber doll. According to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun, Christine Polliard told police that officer Michael Nuanes Jr. had picked a fight with her…

Catholic League’s Donohue vows to fight rape victims ‘one by one’

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, believes that the Catholic church has gone too easy on the survivors of sex abuse by clergy, and has vowed to fight them “one by one,” says a post at the blog Right Wing Watch. In an interview with Laurie Goodstein of the…

Stratfor CEO: WikiLeaks ‘makes war more likely’

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Speaking to an audience on Tuesday at this year’s South by Southwest convention, Strategic Forecasting CEO George Friedman suggested that by publishing archives of U.S. diplomatic cables, the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks actually “makes war more likely.” And in a surprising claim, Friedman added that his company tended…

Romney’s son praises Obama: ‘He is great’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s son, Matt, wandered off message in Hawaii on Monday and declared that President Barack Obama was “great.” Late last year, Matt Romney had taken his father’s campaign into birther territory by joking that the president might not be a U.S. citizen. Stumping for his dad…

Health care premiums will surpass median U.S. incomes by 2033: study

The cost of health care will surpass the price of a median income household in the United States by 2033 if current trends continue, according to a study published in the March/April issue of Annals of Family Medicine. Researchers accumulated data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Medical Expenditure Panel…

Santorum accuses Fox News of ‘shilling’ for Romney

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says Fox News has already decided which candidate they are supporting. In an interview on Fox News Radio on Tuesday, the former Pennsylvania senator told host Brian Kilmeade that the conservative television network had been “shilling” for Mitt Romney. “This man has had a 10-to-1…

Woman arrested for beating boyfriend with jar of jellyfish

A South Carolina woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly hit her boyfriend with a jar of jellyfish. Spartanburg County deputies told WHNS that 38-year-old April Markel-Boshard became angry because her boyfriend, Jerry Eversole, would not take her to the store, claiming she was drunk. That’s when Markel-Boshard…

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