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Watch a beluga dance to mariachi band serenade

While performing for a wedding reception at Mystic Marinelife Aquarium in Connecticut, the band Mariachi Connecticut took a break to serenade a beluga in its tank. The beluga hangs out with the band for the whole song, bobbing up and down and pressing its head against the glass. That its…

As FAA funding languishes, employees pay and airlines profit

In the widespread relief that followed President Barack Obama and congressional leaders’ compromise to avoid default and raise the debt ceiling, a large federal agency in dire need of funding was overlooked: the Federal Aviation Administration, which employs about 4,000 workers, has gone unfunded since July 23, nearly two weeks…

New Jersey Dem resigns after nude photos surface

A Democratic county official from New Jersey resigned last night after nude photos he took of himself became the subject of mainstream inquiry, having surfaced on a local GOP activist’s website weeks earlier. The photos allegedly came from a woman who Louis Magazzu, an attorney and Cumberland County freeholder, had…

Unemployment crisis among veterans spurs call to action in Congress

While dismal employment numbers often lead the news — unemployment, for instance remains just over 9% — and the fight over the debt ceiling left fixing the jobless recovery on the back burner, some Americans who went to war at the behest of their president are finding the peace back…

Obama seals U.S. austerity bill, but markets anxious

The US debt mountain undermined financial markets Wednesday despite President Barack Obama signing a major austerity bill which raises the borrowing ceiling and averts default. Credit rating agencies said they were still keeping a watchful eye on the ability of the United States to cope with its debt. Global stocks…

China says U.S. fails to defuse ‘debt bomb’

China warned Wednesday that tortured efforts to raise the US limit on borrowing had failed to defuse Washington’s “debt bomb”, and signalled it would further diversify its holdings away from the dollar. After months of bitter negotiations with his Republican rivals, US President Barack Obama finally signed an emergency bill…

After bruising debt battle, Obama pivots to jobs

Admitting a bruising debt-limit battle has likely hampered US recovery, President Barack Obama urged polarized lawmakers to help the job-hungry economy put out the “now hiring” sign. Stung by the bitter feud, Obama is eager to change the subject to economic growth and putting Americans back to work. “In the…

Syria dissidents ask Obama to demand Assad resign

Syrian dissidents on Tuesday urged US President Barack Obama to call on Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to quit power and pressed for UN sanctions over the regime’s deadly crackdown on protests. The demands — presented in a first meeting between US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of Syria’s…

Dempsey confirmed as next top U.S. military officer

Army General Martin Dempsey will become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff after the Senate confirmed his appointment. Dempsey, 59, will replace Admiral Mike Mullen, who has held the post since 2007, as the highest-ranking US military officer at the end of September. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta,…

Republicans to keep Senate in session to block consumer agency nominee

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported on her show Tuesday night that Republicans plan to keep the Senate in session to prevent President Barack Obama from making recess appointments. Obama had hoped to avoid a confirmation battle with Senate Republicans by nominating former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as director of the…

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