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Murder-suicide outside LA school prompts lockdown

LOS ANGELES — A murder-suicide attempt outside a Los Angeles area high school Wednesday left a man and a woman dead, and prompted a panic among parents as authorities locked down the school, police said. Police said the man shot the woman in the parking lot of Jurupa Valley’s Patriot…

Herman Cain: Blacks ‘brainwashed’ into supporting Democrats

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain thinks the black community tends to support Democratic candidates because they have been brainwashed. “African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view,” Cain said Wednesday on CNN. “I have received some of that same vitriol simply…

New York Police Department to investigate pepper-spraying at ‘Occupy Wall Street’

Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said at a press briefing on Wednesday that the Internal Affairs Bureau would investigate Anthony Bologna, a senior New York Police Department officer who pepper-sprayed young women at the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. On September 24, four female protesters were rounded up on East 12th…

Suspect in USS Cole case faces Guantanamo trial

WASHINGTON — The prime suspect in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole will face a military tribunal in Guantanamo and a possible death sentence if convicted, defense officials said Wednesday. The Pentagon announced it had formally referred charges against Abd al-Rahim Hussayn Muhammad al-Nashiri of Saudi Arabia, in the…

Obama asks Supreme Court to rule on health care

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s administration Wednesday asked the US Supreme Court to rule on his landmark health reforms, seeking to halt a flurry of conservative legal assaults on the new law. Health care reform passed in 2010 fulfilled decades of Democratic dreams but was fiercely contested by Republicans, and…

Obama UN speech boosts rating in Israel: poll

JERUSALEM — US President Barack Obama’s speech to the United Nations last week has sent his popularity among formerly sceptical Israelis soaring, according to a poll published on Wednesday. The poll, in the English-language Jerusalem Post newspaper, showed 56 percent of respondents consider the Obama administration’s policies more beneficial to…

Clinton hopes Egypt emergency law lifted before June

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that she hoped that Egypt would lift its emergency law before June 2012, the date set by the new military rulers in Cairo. “We have encouraged and continue to encourage the government to lift the state of emergency,” Clinton said…

U.S. man charged over bid to give China defense info

WASHINGTON — A US man once employed as a guard at a US consulate in China has been charged with attempting to pass defense information to the government in Beijing, the US Justice Department said Wednesday. The new charge came in a superseding indictment for Bryan Underwood, 31, atop previous…

UAW union clinches 4-year contract with GM

DETROIT, Michigan — The United Auto Workers said Wednesday its members had approved a new four-year union contract with General Motors, marking a key step in the company’s post-bankruptcy restructuring. The $2 billion contract covers more than 48,000 workers at GM, adds 6,400 new jobs and is effective immediately, the…

Emerging markets offer lessons for U.S.: Bernanke

WASHINGTON — Emerging economies have important lessons like fiscal discipline and investment in education that the United States should re-learn, US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday. “Advanced economies like the United States would do well to re-learn some of the lessons from the experiences of the emerging-market economies,”…

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