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U.S. vows no change in Afghan war strategy

WASHINGTON — The US military has no plans to alter its troop drawdown timetable in Afghanistan despite a week of deadly unrest over the burning of the Koran at an American base, the Pentagon said Monday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and top US military officer General Martin Dempsey both “believe…

TransCanada makes new push for Keystone XL oil pipeline

OTTAWA — TransCanada Corp announced Monday it would go ahead with construction of part of its Keystone XL oil pipeline that does not require US presidential approval, a stretch from the state of Oklahoma to the US Gulf Coast. The company also said it will resubmit its proposal for the…

Texas man killed over karaoke song choice

Authorities in southwest Houston say a man may have been killed early Monday morning over his choice of karaoke songs. Investigators told KPRC that the incident happened around 2 a.m. at Ostioneria Mazatlan, a Mexican seafood restaurant. The victim reportedly yelled that he was from Guerrero, Mexico after singing “Somos…

Nearly 10 percent of customers switch banks in 2011

Global research company J.D. Power & Associates found that almost 10 percent of bank customers switched to another financial outlet in 2011, thanks in large part to increased fees. Last year, 9.6 percent of people moved their money, compared to 8.7 percent in 2010 and 7.7 percent in 2009. “It…

Utah group sends anti-war message with ‘Bomb Iran’ billboard

A small group of anti-war activists in Utah hopes that a billboard with the words “Bomb Iran” will get people to stop and think twice about waging a new war. Billboard creator Connor Boyack told Raw Story that his group put up the sign in West Valley City last week…

Buffett: High corporate taxes are a ‘myth’

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett says that it’s a “myth” that high taxes are “strangling” U.S. corporations. In a Monday op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum called for the corporate tax rate to be halved from 35 percent to 17.5 percent to “[r]estore America’s competitiveness.” CNBC’s…

Romney appeals to racing fans: My friends own NASCAR teams

For decades Republican presidential candidates having been heading to the racetrack to lockdown the “NASCAR dad” vote, but Mitt Romney’s pandering at the Daytona 500 on Sunday may have backfired. A reporter from The Associated Press casually asked the candidate if he followed the sport. “Not as closely as some…

Lifetime cost to run F-35 fighter: about $1 trillion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon estimates that it will still cost about $1 trillion to operate a fleet of 2,443 F-35 fighter jets over the next 50 years, but is continuing to analyze how to drive that staggering sum down, a top U.S. Marine Corps official told Reuters. Lieutenant General…

Sen. Sanders seeks to save Postal Service from a ‘death spiral’

With the U.S. Postal Service proposing to make draconian cuts to its workforce and services starting in mid-May, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has emerged as the leading opponent of any changes that would reduce the quality of service on which many Americans depend. The plan announced this week would involve…

Will blasts West for complaining about gas while driving a Hummer

Conservative columnist George Will says it’s “economic nonsense” for tea party favorite Rep. Allen West (R-FL) to blame President Barack Obama for the high cost of putting gas in his Hummer. Writing on his Facebook page last week, West charged that Obama’s energy policy was “insidious political gimmickry.” “Here is…

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