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Grassley challenges DOJ, FBI on findings of anthrax probe

By Greg Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers, Mike Wiser, FRONTLINE, and Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica WASHINGTON — A senior Republican senator has asked the Justice Department to explain why its civil lawyers filed court papers questioning prosecutors’ conclusions that an Army researcher mailed the anthrax-laced letters that killed five people in 2001. In a letter…

Yahoo CEO fired over the phone, rocky run ends

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc Chairman Roy Bostock fired CEO Carol Bartz over the phone on Tuesday, ending a tumultuous tenure marked by stagnation and a rift with Chinese partner Alibaba. Chief Financial Officer Tim Morse will step in as interim CEO, and the company will search for a…

New CIA chief Petraeus pledges to defend America

David Petraeus pledged to confront the many threats facing America as he took the reins of the CIA, a decade after the 9/11 attacks that led to two wars where the former general made his name. Petraeus was sworn in to lead the civilian covert war against Al-Qaeda having hung…

U.S. experts eye Cuba oil plans after BP spill

A group of US experts led by a former top environment official has visited Cuba to gather information on the communist country’s Gulf of Mexico oil exploration plans, according to state media. William Reilly, who led the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under former president George H.W. Bush and led…

One NYC parade gunman is still alive: police

Gun violence erupted during yesterday’s West Indian Day parade in New York City, leaving two people dead and two police officers wounded, according to area media. What began as a conflict between two armed men quickly escalated into a shootout with police around 9 p.m., and police initially said both…

Obama to propose $300 billion jobs package: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, facing waning confidence among Americans in his economic stewardship, plans to lay out a $300 billion job-creation package on Thursday, CNN reported, citing Democratic sources. The proposed new spending, to be announced by Obama in a nationally televised speech to Congress, would be offset…

Progressive tax system associated with greater happiness: study

The more progressive a tax system — where higher tax brackets have higher tax rates — the more likely people are to report feeling they live the “best possible life,” according to a new study comparing 54 nations. “The more progressive the tax policy is, the happier the citizens are,”…

U.S. Postal Service urges legal changes to avert default

WASHINGTON — The US Postal Service faces default by the end of September without legislative relief, and it plans to slash one in four jobs to reduce costs, the head of the public company said Tuesday. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told Senate lawmakers that without legislative changes, the Postal Service…

Trumka: Chances are AFL-CIO will endorse Obama for 2012

Richard Trumka, president of the largest federation of unions in the U.S., said Tuesday on MSNBC that the AFL-CIO would probably endorse President Barack Obama in 2012. “President Obama has been a friend for us,” Trumka said. He previously threatened to withdraw the AFL-CIO’s attendance at the upcoming Democratic convention…

Wisconsin cut $635 per student under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget

Wisconsin was first among 24 states in reducing state education aid since last year, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington-based think tank. State spending per student dropped $635 from the last fiscal year, thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget, which took…

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