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2 Fullerton officers charged in death of Kelly Thomas

Orange Country District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced Wednesday that he was charging two Fullerton, California police officers in the July 5 death of a mentally ill homeless man. Officer Manuel Ramos faces charges of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for allegedly killing Kelly Thomas. Police Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was charged…

Obama rejects Palestinian U.N. statehood bid

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected Palestinian plans to seek U.N. blessing for statehood as he tried to avert a looming crisis that could erode Washington’s global standing and further isolate its close allyIsrael. Obama’s last-ditch diplomatic effort won praise from Israel, which will rely on Washington to block the Palestinian…

U.S. to upgrade Taiwan jets, China protests

The United States on Wednesday announced a $5.85 billion upgrade of Taiwan’s F-16 fighter jets, leading to a swift rebuke by China even though the deal stopped short of selling new planes. Taiwanese and US officials insisted that the upgrade would improve the island’s defences as it faces a rising…

Toxic BPA turning up in children’s soup cans: group

Worrying levels of BPA, an industrial chemical with suspected links to cancer, lurk inside canned soups and pasta targeted at American children, the Breast Cancer Fund said Wednesday. In a product testing report, the non-profit advocacy group — which focuses on environmental causes of cancer — said an average of…

Fed ramps up aid to economy with $400 billion stimulus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve on Wednesday dialed up its aid to the beleaguered U.S. economy, launching an effort to put more downward pressure on long-term interest rates over time and help the battered housing sector. The Fed said it would launch a new $400 billion program that will tilt its $2.85…

Apple ‘to unveil iPhone 5 on October 4′

Apple plans to unveil its next generation iPhone next month, technology blog AllThingsD said Wednesday. AllThingsD cautioned that Apple could “change its plans anytime,” but said the present plan calls for Apple’s new chief executive Tim Cook to preside over the launch of the iPhone 5 on October 4. Cook,…

Durbin: Republicans are trying to manipulate the Fed

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) was one of several individuals not happy with House and Senate GOP leaders sending a letter to urge Fed chairman Ben Bernanke not to provide the economy more monetary stimulus. And the Illinois politician expressed his anger Wednesday morning on MSNBC, calling Republicans’ actions “outrageous.” When…

Durbin: Republicans are trying to manipulate the Fed

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) was one of several individuals not happy with House and Senate GOP leaders sending a letter to urge Fed chairman Ben Bernanke not to provide the economy more monetary stimulus. And the Illinois politician expressed his anger Wednesday morning on MSNBC, calling Republicans’ actions “outrageous.” When…

Poll: Two-thirds of Americans want taxes raised on the rich

For those labeling President Barack Obama’s recent comments about taxes “class warfare,” a majority of Americans may think differently. At least two-thirds of Americans believe that high income earners should be taxed at a larger rate, according to a recent poll from Gallup about Obama’s jobs plan proposals. Sixty-six percent…

Court allows ACLU to challenge government wiretapping

The American Civil Liberties Union was allowed Wednesday to move forward with their case against government wiretapping. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the court would not have to reconsider a case the ACLU brought against the government challenging the FISA Amendments Act (FAA), which…

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