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Ohio school shooting ‘unforgivable’: White House

WASHINGTON — The high school shooting in Ohio that killed three students was “terrible and unforgivable,” the White House said Tuesday, adding that it was too early to know if it was linked to bullying. The alleged shooter, a 17-year-old student, opened fire Monday with a handgun on a group…

DOJ indicts doctor for $375 million Medicare fraud

The Justice Department indicted a Rockwall, Texas doctor Tuesday morning for allegedly receiving $375 million in phony Medicare billings in what is considered to be the largest health care fraud case in American history. According to The Los Angeles Times, Dr. Jacques Roy is facing life in prison and a…

U.S. Supreme Court tackles Nigeria-Shell rights case

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit accusing Royal Dutch Shell of human rights abuses, a case that could make corporations liable for acts of torture or genocide overseas. The plaintiffs — relatives of seven Nigerians killed by the country’s former military regime — sued…

Union of Concerned Scientists: U.S. nuclear oversight too lax

WASHINGTON — A study of safety lapses at nuclear power facilities in the United States found that owners of atomic plants too often either close an eye to problems or fail to adequately address them, a watchdog group said Tuesday. The report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in…

Obama to UAW: I back U.S. workers and I’ll buy a Chevy Volt

President Barack Obama says he is so confident of the U.S. auto industry’s return to greatness that he is buying an American electric car at the end of his second term. In a fiery speech to the United Auto Workers (UAW) members on Tuesday, the president said that his decision…

Santorum: ‘I wish I had back’ that JFK ‘throw up’ line

Rick Santorum wished Tuesday morning that he could rescind his statement of wanting to “throw up” after hearing former President John F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech on the separation of church and state. Appearing on the Laura Ingraham Show, the GOP presidential candidate expressed some regret for his comments this past…

Gingrich: ‘Transvestite’ invited me to ‘exorcism of Jerry Falwell’

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich recently told a story about a “transvestite” he met to explain why he doesn’t agree with “San Francisco values.” Gingrich explained a 2006 fundraising pitch, in which had asked for donations so that conservative accomplishments were not “lost to the San Francisco values of would-be…

‘Occupy’ protesters fight for D.C. resident to stay in her home

“Occupy D.C.” protesters may have been evicted from their encampment earlier this month, but protestors are still finding ways to make an impact, helping one city resident stay in her home Monday evening. According to The Washington Post, around 50 protesters rallied outside the office of government mortgage giant Freddie…

Lesbian couple: Arizona restaurant booted us over kiss

A lesbian couple says a restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona forced them to end their anniversary celebration early after they hugged and kissed. The Arizona Republic reported that the couple was dining at the District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, located inside the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, when a restaurant employee…

‘Unprecedented’ insider trading probe involves 120 people: report

NEW YORK — US authorities are actively building cases against 120 people accused of insider trading in an expanding and possibly unprecedented criminal probe, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The Journal said the investigation comes after a series of successful prosecutions of insider trading, with 66 people charged since…

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