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Ted Nugent defends remarks: ‘I’m a black Jew at a Nazi-Klan rally’

Conservative rocker Ted Nugent on Tuesday defended his violent remarks against Democrats and President Barack Obama that have gotten the attention of the Secret Service and prompted the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman to call on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speak out. “This is the Saul Alinsky ‘Rules…

U.S. troops ‘posed with Afghan remains in 2010′

US soldiers took pictures of themselves posing with the mangled remains of suspected Afghan suicide bombers on more than one occasion in 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday. The LA Times said the US Army had launched an investigation into the incident after the newspaper showed them some of the photos, which…

Supreme Court ruling supports generic drug makers

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court ruled that generic drug makers can challenge big-name pharmaceutical firms in court to stop them from broadening the scope of their patent descriptions. The measure overturns a 2010 appeals court ruling and confirms an earlier decision by a federal judge that ordered the US…

U.S. protesters mark tax day with protest at Ann Romney’s birthday party

A team of make-believe baseball players descended on Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday afternoon, using tax day to highlight corporate unaccountability as Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney, celebrated her birthday at an exclusive party inside. The so-called Tax Dodgers wore white uniforms, not unlike…

Warren Buffett has prostate cancer, but feels ‘great’

WASHINGTON — US tycoon Warren Buffett announced he has early-stage prostate cancer, and indicated he had no intention of stepping down as head of his investment firm Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett, a larger-than-life financier known as the “Oracle of Omaha” for his investment savvy, said: “I feel great.” With his big…

Romney campaign tries to distance itself from key immigration adviser

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is distancing himself from the author of some of the toughest anti-immigration laws in the country, Kris Kobach, the first in what is expected to be a series of moves aimed at winning over crucial Latino voters. Politico reported today that Kobach, responsible for the…

New York bomb plotter describes Al Qaeda plan

NEW YORK — The convicted bomb-maker in a 2009 plot to cause carnage in New York described Monday how he and an Al-Qaeda handler in Pakistan considered everything from the subway to movie theaters as targets. “We started the conversation on such targets as Walmart, the New York Stock Exchange,…

Despite scandal, Obama confident in Secret Service boss

WASHINGTON — The White House Tuesday expressed confidence in the chief of the US Secret Service, but the elite bodyguard unit’s Colombian sex scandal deepened, with claims that 20 women were involved. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan is coming under increasing political pressure over allegations that agents sent to the…

U.S. lawmakers seek to boost exports to Africa

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers on Tuesday called for a push to boost exports to Africa, saying that both sides would benefit if the United States sells more products to the continent’s growing middle class. Lawmakers from both major US parties teamed up to introduce bills in the House of Representatives…

Oil safety weak two years after BP spill: studies

WASHINGTON — Offshore drilling safety and oversight is still lacking two years after the massive BP oil spill sullied the US Gulf Coast, two reports released Tuesday have found. A presidential commission tasked with investigating the spill said it was “encouraged by the progress being made” by the oil industry…

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