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U.S. issues worldwide 9/11 travel alert to Americans

WASHINGTON — The US State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, calling on Americans living and traveling abroad to remain vigilant. The department said it had not identified any “specific threats” about possible attacks but that Al-Qaeda and its…

Drivers scramble for free weed after drug smuggler wrecks truck

A truck carrying a large quantity of marijuana wrecked in San Jose earlier this week, scattering its cargo across a roadway and creating a feeding frenzy as drivers passing by scrambled to collect as much as possible. After the wreck, which San Jose police say took place near Oakridge Mall…

Obama withdraws smog regulation, overruling EPA

President Barack Obama Friday announced that he would overrule the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial anti-smog regulations. Business leaders and Republicans had voiced strong objections to the new smog standards, and they count Obama’s decision as a victory. Obama cited a desire to avoid costly regulations as his reason for telling…

Fox News poll: 71% of Republicans don’t want Palin to run

A large majority of tea party members want Sarah Palin to stay out of the 2012 presidential race, according to a Fox News poll released Friday. Among respondents who identified themselves as members of the tea party, a staggering 66 percent said that Palin should sit on the sidelines, while…

Iraq to reopen probe into U.S. executions detailed by WikiLeaks

Iraqi officials said Friday that following revleations by anti-secrecy website Wikileaks, they plan to reopen an investigation into a series of shootings allegedly carried out by U.S. soldiers in 2006. According to a diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks, U.S. troops massacred an Iraqi family in the town of Ishaqi in…

Full WikiLeaks ‘cablegate’ archive available online

The complete archive of 251,000 unredacted U.S. diplomatic cables given to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks by a military whistleblower is now available for anyone to download and view, thanks to a forthcoming reporter and a breach in security protocol by someone at WikiLeaks. Thinking there was nothing to it, David Leigh,…

Court official calls Wisconsin Justice Prosser ‘a classic abuser’

The investigation into an apparently violent altercation on the Wisconsin Supreme Court just seems to get more and more complicated. Conservative Wisconsin Justice Mike Gableman insisted to the Wisconsin State Journal on Thursday that although he got the date wrong, he was indeed rapped on the head by Justice Ann…

Schultz to Rubio: Apologize to my parents for Medicare attack

MSNBC host Ed Schultz escalated a feud between himself and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) Thursday with an epic rant against the senator’s stance on entitlements. In a speech at the Reagan Library last week, Rubio had claimed that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid had actually “weakened” Americans. Schultz responded by…

16,000 guns ‘lost’ from manufacturing plants in last 2.5 years: report

A report released Thursday highlighted that more than 16,000 firearms have been reported “lost” from licensed gun manufacturing plants before sale since 2009, an average of 18 guns lost per day. Many of these guns don’t have serial numbers affixed yet, making them nearly impossible to trace and thus desirable…

Job growth grinds to a halt in August

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Employment growth ground to a halt in August as sagging consumer confidence discouraged already skittish U.S. businesses from hiring, keeping pressure on the Federal Reserve to provide more monetary stimulus to aid the economy. Nonfarm payrolls were unchanged, the Labor Department said on Friday, the weakest reading…

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