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Nation on alert after ‘credible’ 9/11 bomb threat

Heavily armed police were on alert in and around New York City Friday after US officials warned of a “credible” but unconfirmed bomb threat around the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. “There is specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information,” the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday, as President Barack…

San Francisco ordinance would cover naked bottoms

OAKLAND (Reuters) – In the San Francisco Bay area where tolerance is king, it is a rare politician willing to clamp down on citizens who let it all hang out. But San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener stepped into that position earlier this week when he introduced an ordinance that would…

Rural areas less healthy than urban areas: study

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Conventional wisdom might suggest living in the country would be healthier than the city, but that is not necessarily so, according to a study comparing relative health across cities, suburbs and rural areas. “Some of these rural areas are quite depressed, impoverished, with poor social and economic…

Ohio justices, lawyer task force to study death penalty

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – Ohio’s top court and state bar association will form a joint task force to review the administration of the state’s death penalty, the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court said on Thursday. The task force will not address whether Ohio should or should not have…

New York steps up security amid credible threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Security has been heightened in New York City because of a credible but uncorroborated threat, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Thursday, but said city residents should go about their business as usual. “The NYPD (police department) is deploying additional resources around the city and taking…

Maddow: Stimulus plans do work, despite the rhetoric

Following President Barack Obama’s jobs speech to Congress on Thursday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explored the real effects of the 2008 economic stimulus and compared Obama’s latest proposals to his 2009 pitch for a second round of stimulus. This video is from MSNBC, broadcast Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Visit…

Man charged with theft from nuclear worker health plans

DENVER (Reuters) – A grand jury has indicted a Colorado man for stealing more than $3.5 million from health care programs aimed at compensating injured nuclear industry workers in at least three western states, federal authorities said on Thursday. Anthony Paul Breaux, 33, of Palisade, Colorado, was accused of money…

Watch: Obama’s full jobs speech to Congress

President Barack Obama Thursday challenged Republicans to halt a “political circus” and immediately pass a bigger than expected $447 billion jobs plan he said would jolt the “stalled” economy. Obama, seeking to restore public trust in his economic management and take aim at 9.1 percent unemployment which has derailed the…

Eastern U.S. floods force 130,000 to evacuate

WILKES-BARRE, Pa (Reuters) – Relentless rain caused catastrophic flooding in the eastern U.S. on Thursday, killing at least three people in Pennsylvania and forcing the evacuation of more than 130,000 people in three states. Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, days after slamming the Gulf Coast, swamped homes and businesses from…

San Diego power company: If you have an emergency plan, ‘activate it now’

Second update: Power restored. Update: Up to six million people could be without power After a widespread blackout hit southern California, Arizona and parts of Mexico on Thursday night, San Diego Gas & Electric urged subscribers to “activate” their family emergency plans, warning that power could be off until tomorrow.…

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