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‘Copyright troll’ Righthaven loses key client as lawsuits taper off

The company Righthaven, LLC., known to its critics as a “copyright troll” that earns its money by suing media organizations over copyright claims, has been struggling lately thanks to a string of court losses — but on Thursday the company may have sustained a fatal blow. With over 50 newspapers,…

Protesters storm grain terminal in Washington state

CHICAGO (Reuters) – More than 500 protesting port workers stormed the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview, Washington, on Thursday and damaged railcars and other property, Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha said. The incident came a day after several of Longshoremen were arrested after blocking a train from…

Female ‘vampire’ busted for trying to eat elderly man

An elderly Florida man needed stitches Wednesday after a 22-year-old woman announced she was a vampire and began biting his face and neck. Milton Ellis, 69, said that he had fallen asleep in his electric wheelchair on the porch of a vacant Hooters in St. Petersburg. He awoke to find…

Fed prepared to act to boost growth: Bernanke

The Federal Reserve is ready to take new action to speed up the economy, Fed chief Ben Bernanke said Thursday, but warned that government budget-cutting could hold back growth. “The Federal Reserve has a range of tools that could be used to provide additional monetary stimulus,” Bernanke said in a…

China hits back at Romney trade jibes

China slammed US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney Thursday after he said he would end his country’s “trade surrender” to Beijing, accusing him and other would-be candidates of “scapegoating China”. An English-language commentary by the state Xinhua news agency called his remarks “old-fashioned and ill-advised”, warning: “China is no cause of…

White House threatens to veto intelligence bill

President Barack Obama’s administration threatened to veto the renewal of the Intelligence Authorization Act for the fiscal year of 2012, unless changes are made to protect diplomatic communications and ensure a speedy confirmation of the director of the National Security Agency. The bill, H.R.1892, is estimated by the Congressional Budget…

Agents find cocaine-filled clams at D.C. airport

U.S. Customs officers allegedly discovered that a 26-year-old man from El Salvador was carrying clams stuffed with cocaine through Dulles Airport Saturday. Shortly after 2:00 a.m., David Pocasangre Vaquiz was arrested after authorities found that 15 of the 80 clams he was carrying were being used to smuggle baggies of…

Many Republicans plan to snub Obama at jobs speech

In an act of defiance, several Republican members of Congress have announced that they will not attend President Barack Obama’s address to the joint session tonight, despite Speaker John Boehner’s request that they come. “He is the president of the United States and I believe that all members ought to…

Virginia court upholds health reform laws

After hearing two prominent challenges to the Affordable Care Act, an appeals court in Virginia has decided to uphold the laws and toss both suits on procedural grounds. Both Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and arch conservative Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University had challenged the federal government’s ability to levy an…

Tea party Rep. wants ex-wife sanctioned in child support case

A tea party Republican congressman who reportedly owes over $100,000 in child support has filed a motion to have the court sanction his ex-wife. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) is also asking the court to force former wife Laura Walsh to pay his legal bills. In July, court documents showed that…

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