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Mexican drug kingpin jailed for 25 years in U.S.

SAN DIEGO, California — A Mexican drug kingpin was jailed for 25 years and ordered to pay back $100 million in a US court Monday, after pleading guilty to racketeering and money-laundering. Benjamin Arellano Felix, former leader of the notorious Arellano Felix Organization (AFO), caused “chaos and violence on both…

Santorum claims ‘seven or eight’ University of California campuses don’t teach American history

During a campaign stop in Wisconsin on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum claimed that a number of the University of California’s ten campuses did not offer courses on American history. “I was just reading something last night from the state of California,” he said, according to Think Progress. “And…

Wisconsin Democrats: RNC memo on Gov. Walker recall a ‘tea party fantasy’

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin said a memo released by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Monday was little more than a “tea party fantasy.” The memo argued that the upcoming recall elections in Wisconsin will actually help Republican’s in the state. “My friend Reince is a good lawyer…

‘Pink slime’ furor crushes U.S. beef processor

WASHINGTON — A leading US ground-beef processor, AFA Foods, filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, blaming media coverage of one of its products dubbed “pink slime” by critics. AFA Foods said it was forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection “given recent changes in the market for its ground beef…

Combative Obama warns Supreme Court on health law

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Monday challenged the “unelected” Supreme Court not to take the “extraordinary” and “unprecedented” step of overturning his landmark health reform law. In a highly combative salvo on a case which could have a critical impact on his reelection chances, Obama warned that health…

Obama rebuffs Romney on ‘exceptional’ America

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Monday hit back at his likely Republican election foe Mitt Romney, who questioned whether he shared the notion that America is a uniquely virtuous nation. At the weekend, Romney appeared to tap into the view, prevalent among the conservative grass roots, that Obama…

Bill Gates gives $12 million grant to boost yam production

LAGOS — The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave a $12-million (nine-million-euro) grant Monday to a project aimed at boosting yam production and doubling the income of west African farmers of the crop. It is the foundation’s largest grant for yam production anywhere in the world, said a spokesman of…

Romney: Gov. Scott Walker is a ‘real champion… a great leader’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday praised Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as a “real champion.” Campaigning with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) in Green Bay, the candidate told a group of supporters that Wisconsin’s anti-union governor had encouraged him to share a story about the time he chose an…

Supreme Court signs off on strip searches for all arrestees

Going forward from this week on, people arrested in the United States may face a mandatory strip search, even if their offense is minor and authorities don’t suspect them of smuggling any contraband. That’s because U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy sided with the court’s conservatives on Monday, swinging…

Visa drops U.S. payment handler after breach

Global Payments on Monday said that Visa has dropped the US-based payment processor after data from as many as 1.5 millioncredit cards was looted from its system. The word came as credit card titans Visa and MasterCard scrambled to thwart cyber crooks who snatched a massive trove of valuable account data. The card industry was jolted…

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