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9/11 firefighters more likely to get cancer: study

Firefighters exposed to the World Trade Center attacks are more likely to get cancer, while 9/11 rescue workers still suffer high illness rates generally, according to studies published Friday. In a 10th anniversary edition of medical journal The Lancet, scientists said however that death rates among emergency staff and civilians…

U.S. government to sue major banks over mortgages: report

The United States plans to file lawsuits against more than a dozen big banks over mortgage-backed securities seen to have fueled the 2008 economic crisis, the New York Times said. The lawsuits are set to be filed Friday or early next week against Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman…

AT&T bought more than 700 copies of Rick Perry’s book

The Dallas-based telecommunications giant AT&T bought more than 700 copies of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington, as part of a fundraising event arranged by the American Legislative Exchange Council in December 2010. Perry recently urged the Federal Communications Commission to approve…

Relics from 9/11 going on display in Washington

WASHINGTON — More than 50 objects pulled from the rubble of 9/11 are going on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, giving a unique take on the terror attacks that changed the world. Over nine days from Friday, visitors to the “September 11: Remembrance and Reflection”…

Lawsuit claims first-graders handcuffed for talking in class

A lawsuit filed against a Chicago public elementary school alleged that several 6- and 7-year-olds were detained and handcuffed for talking in class. The Chicago Tribune reported that in March 2010, officials at Carver Primary School allegedly handcuffed the first-graders and held them in an office for an hour, where…

Autistic man with toy gun killed by Miami police officers

North Miami Beach police officers shot and killed Ernest Vassell, a 57-year-old autistic man, on Wednesday after responding to calls about a man seen walking with a rifle. But the gun was later determined to be a realistic-looking toy. The officers said Vassell refused orders to drop the “weapon,” and…

CIA rendition might rely on ‘non-existent’ State Dept. official

As the Washington Post and others have reported today, an obscure court case in New York state has led to the disclosure of new details on CIA’s extraordinary rendition program, in which the U.S. captured dozens of alleged terrorists and sent them to secret prisons overseas. About 1,700 pages of…

White House: Deficits to fall sharply by 2014

WASHINGTON — The United States will not fall into a new recession despite sharp cuts to government spending, but unemployment could remain above eight percent through 2013, the White House said Thursday. While growth will stay sluggish this year, in the 1.7-2.2 percent range, the economy is not expected to…

Progressive Democrats press Obama on jobs

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers from the left-flank of President Barack Obama’s Democratic party pressed him Thursday to combat high unemployment with “large-scale programs” including infrastructure spending. “With 14 million Americans still looking for work, this is not the time to tinker around the edges. We must take bold action,” Democratic Representatives…

Former GOP senator ‘disappointed’ and ‘disgusted’ by debt ceiling debate

Former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska sharply criticized the current state of the Republican Party and the debt ceiling negotiations in an interview with the Financial Times. “I was very disappointed,” he said regarding the debt ceiling debate. “I was very disgusted.” “It was an astounding lack of responsible…

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