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U.S. fears individuals at risk after WikiLeaks dump

The United States voiced renewed concern over the risks to individuals after the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks made public more US diplomatic cables, many of which contained the names of sensitive sources. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland would not confirm the authenticity of the latest documents, but said “the United States…

Perry slams Texas court for rule against abortion law

Republican presidential hopeful and Texas Governor Rick Perry on Tuesday slammed a court ruling that invalidated parts of a law he signed that would force doctors to conduct a sonogram for women seeking an abortion. “This important sonogram legislation ensures that every Texas woman seeking an abortion has all the…

Asian shares mostly up on U.S. stimulus hopes

Asian markets were mostly up Wednesday, extending a recent rally on renewed hopes for a fresh round of US monetary easing despite weak consumer confidence data in the United States and Europe. Sydney rose 0.56 percent, or 27.3 points, to 4,296.5 while Hong Kong jumped 1.64 percent, or 330.68 points,…

U.S. investigating Oracle over possible bribery

US authorities have been investigating Oracle for at least a year to see if the business software titan violated anti-bribery laws in its overseas business, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Citing unnamed sources, the Journal said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Justice Department have been pressing…

Islamist says ‘sorry’ for killing U.S. airmen

A 21-year-old man from Kosovo apologised in court Wednesday for killing two US soldiers at Frankfurt airport as they headed to Afghanistan, saying he had been influenced by Islamist propaganda. “I want to apologize to everyone,” Arid Uka told the court in Frankfurt, western Germany, on the first day of…

Floods strand thousands in U.S. after Irene

Thousands remained cut off by severe flooding across Vermont, New Jersey and upstate New York Wednesday in the lingering aftermath of Hurricane Irene, which has killed nearly 50 people. US President Barack Obama signed a declaration that a “major disaster” existed in parts of North Carolina and New York, paving…

Gunman opens fire on office of Democratic lawmaker

The Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Department are investigating two gunshots that were fired through the window of U.S. Rep. Gene Green’s (D-TX) office Tuesday. Houston Police told Fox 26 that they were not ruling out the possibility the shots could have come from a BB or…

Judge blocks parts of Texas abortion law on sonograms

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) – A federal judge temporarily blocked key provisions of a Texas abortion law on Tuesday that would require women seeking the procedure to view a sonogram and listen to the heartbeat of their fetus. The law, which had been due to go into effect on Thursday,…

Melissa Harris-Perry: ‘Rick Perry wants to get all up in your uterus and take a picture’

Filling in on the Rachel Maddow Show on Tuesday night, Tulane professor and MSNBC commentator Melissa Harris-Perry took Texas Governor and GOP Presidential candidate Rick Perry to task for supporting “government so small that you don’t even notice it” on the one hand and the inconsistency of supporting the Texas…

Lawrence O’Donnell: Nothing more fraudulent than Giuliani as ‘hero of 9/11′

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell ripped former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for choosing to put the city’s Emergency Command and Control Center in the World Trade Center despite being advised by professionals in his administration not to place it in an “obvious terrorism target.” “Rudy Giuliani learned absolutely nothing…

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