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Republicans step up attacks before S.Carolina vote

US Republican candidates unleashed a new barrage of accusations ahead of South Carolina’s key vote, as frontrunner Mitt Romney struggled to beat back his conservative rivals. The candidates have also faced heightened scrutiny, with US media reporting on the multi-millionaire Romney’s offshore accounts and a TV network promising an “explosive”…

BP expected to agree on $20-25 billion oil spill deal with DoJ

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil giant BP will likely agree to pay the U.S. Department of Justice $20-$25 billion next month to settle all civil and criminal charges around the Deepwater Horizon rig blast and Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a leading industry analyst predicted on Thursday. Martijn Rats, head of…

Pentagon seeks to crack down on sex assaults in military

(Reuters) – The military will ramp up efforts to combat sexual assault in the ranks, a crime the secretary of defense decried as a “stain” on the honor of troops and one the Pentagon suspects is vastly underreported. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said…

Severed head, hands found below Hollywood sign

Police found two human hands near where a couple of dog walkers found a gruesome severed head, on a hiking trail leading up to the iconic Hollywood sign, a spokesman said. The hands were found after police sealed off the area overnight following the discovery of the head, reported to…

Romney is only no-show at Republican abortion debate

Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney was conspicuous by his absence evening at a debate organized by an anti-abortion group in South Carolina. Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, Texas Governor Rick Perry, ultraconservative former Senator Rick Santorum and Texas Representative Ron Paul all responded to the invitation…

Carter: Gingrich knows how to appeal to racists

Former President Jimmy Carter on Wednesday accused former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of trying to appeal to racists in South Carolina. “I think he has that subtlety of racism that I know quite well, that Gingrich knows quite well, that appeals to some people in Georgia, particularly the right-wing,” he…

Ron Paul proposes bill to repeal indefinite detention provision

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced legislation to the U.S House on Wednesday that would repeal Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. The $662 billion defense spending bill contained controversial provisions, Sections 1021 and 1022, that required terrorism suspects to be detained by the military without trial,…

Poll boost for White House hopeful Gingrich

WASHINGTON — Opinion polls Wednesday showed a surge in support for Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich as he vies to upset frontrunner Mitt Romney in South Carolina and turn the contest on its head. The polls — one a national survey, the other just in South Carolina — suggested the…

Romney hiding millions in dozens of secret offshore accounts: report

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been hesitant to disclose his tax records and personal finances, and now it might be clear why: the former Massachusetts Governor has hidden tens of millions from the U.S. Treasury in secret offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands, according to ABC News. Offshore accounts…

GOP congressman takes up Buffett tax dare

WASHINGTON — Warren Buffett will have to contribute $49,000 from his multi-billion dollar fortune after a Republican congressman took up his dollar-for-dollar challenge for donations to help cut the US deficit. Virginia Congressman Scott Rigell was the first to take up the challenge of one of the world’s richest men,…

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