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Google to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion

BANGALORE (Reuters) – Google Inc said it will buy Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc for about $12.5 billion in cash. The $40 a share offer is at a 63 percent premium to Motorola Mobility’s Friday close on the New York Stock Exchange. (Reporting by Sayantani Ghosh in Bangalore; Editing by Saumyadeb…

‘Hacktivists’ target San Francisco subway website

The international group of hackers known as Anonymous began a cyber attack on a website of the San Francisco subway, in retaliation for the agency’s bid to shut down cellphone service to limit a protest over a fatal shooting. As of late Sunday the main website for the Bay Area…

Severe storms batter Kentucky, leave thousands without power

LOUISVILLE (Reuters) – Severe thunderstorms across southwest Indiana and into Kentucky left about 74,000 Louisville customers without power on Sunday, officials said. The windy rains rolled through late on Saturday, and nearly 130,000 customers were in the dark at the peak of the storms, according to LG&E-KU Energy spokesman Chip…

Republican race tightens into three-way brawl

WASHINGTON — The Republican White House race has sharpened into a three-way brawl, pitting a moderate businessman and a Tea Party firebrand against a Texas governor promising the best of both worlds. For months, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has led the polls despite conservative misgivings about his history of…

Senator calls for utility plant worker background checks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sen. Charles Schumer said on Sunday he would introduce legislation requiring major utility plants to run background checks on employees to help prevent security threats against power facilities. Citing a recent U.S. Department of Homeland Security report that found insider sabotage at electric, gas, and water utilities was a significant threat…

Bomb squad called to John Boehner’s office

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) received a scare on Sunday afternoon after a bomb squad was called to his local office, as reported by local ABC news affiliate in Cincinnati. A police offer located three black suitcases at the door of Boehner’s office at around 11:30 AM. Along with the bomb…

Bachmann: ‘I would reinstate’ DADT

In one of the several highlights from Michelle Bachmann’s (R) appearances on the Sunday talk show circuit, the Minnesota Congresswoman’s vowed continued support for the now repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. On CNN’s “State of the Union”, host Candy Crowley asked Bachmann about whether she would bring back the controversial policy.…

Bachmann: ‘I would reinstate’ DADT

In one of the several highlights from Michelle Bachmann’s (R) appearances on the Sunday talk show circuit, the Minnesota Congresswoman’s vowed continued support for the now repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. On CNN’s “State of the Union”, host Candy Crowley asked Bachmann about whether she would bring back the controversial policy.…

Cain: 5th place in straw poll is ‘a great position’

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is encouraged by his fifth place finish in Saturday’s Iowa Straw Poll. “Rep. Bachmann, first I want to congratulate her for winning,” Cain told CNN’s Candy Crowley Sunday. “She also put substantial funds into this straw poll. It was reported by one of her staffers…

Ron Paul attacks abortion in Ames speech: ‘All life is precious’

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul began his speech in Ames, Iowa on Saturday by railing against abortion. “There is something that precedes liberty, and that is life,” the Texas congressman said. “I believe in a very limited role for the government, but the prime reason that government exists in a…

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