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Obama delays request for debt limit increase

President Barack Obama will delay asking Congress for $1.2 trillion to raise the US government’s debt ceiling to allow vacationing lawmakers time to weigh the request, officials said Friday. But a senior White House official stressed that the decision was purely a procedural maneuver that should not spook markets and…

Romney’s son jokes about Obama’s birth certificate

One of Mitt Romney’s sons did his best on Thursday to promote the rumor that the nation’s first black president may not be a U.S. citizen. Stumping for his dad in Concord, New Hampshire, Matt Romney told a group of senior citizens that the multimillionaire candidate might not release his…

Dead man to be sued over flying body parts

An 18-year-old man who was hit and killed by a train in 2008 will be the subject of a present-day lawsuit after an appellate judge ruled that a woman injured by his flying body parts may pursue a claim against his estate. Ruling that the man was negligent, and that…

Paul once criticized equal pay, AIDS patients, sexual harassment victims

In one of his earliest books, the libertarian-leaning Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) explained just how deep his ideology runs, with the Civil Rights Act, equal pay for women, laws protecting workers from sexual harassment and the sufferers of AIDS drawing portions of his ire. Related: Raw Story’s Mike Rogers: Paul…

Former GOP city chair busted for videotaping naked boys

A former New Jersey Republican city chair has been arrested on multiple charges of using a hidden camera to videotape naked boys using communal showers at a Catholic high school. Patrick Lott, the 54-year-old assistant principal at Bernardsville Middle School since 2009, is facing more than 50 counts including endangering…

Mercedes, BMW vie for US luxury car crown

In a first, two German manufacturers — Mercedes-Benz and BMW — are dueling for the honor of being the top luxury brand sold in the United States. With the champion of the past 11 years, Toyota’s Lexus, hobbled by the fallout from Japan’s March 11 earthquake-tsunami-nuclear meltdown disaster, the two…

Air traffic alert after Alaska volcano spews ash cloud

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A remote volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian islands erupted early on Thursday, spouting an ash cloud 15,000 feet into the sky and prompting an air-traffic alert, scientists said. The Cleveland Volcano, located on an uninhabited island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage, had been oozing lava and gas…

Somali groups suspend wire transfers from Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A group of businesses that provide money transfers between Minnesota and Somalia said they had suspended their services on Thursday, forced into the move after a U.S. bank decided to shut down what they call a vital lifeline to the war-torn African country. Somalia has appealed the…

Iran-US brinkmanship over oil strait worsens

A showdown between Iran and the United States over Tehran’s threats to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to oil tankers worsened with warships from each side giving weight to an increasingly bellicose exchange of words. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards rejected a warning that the US military would “not tolerate” such…

Congress frees up $40 million for Palestinians

WASHINGTON — The US State Department said Congress has released $40 million in aid to the Palestinians, part of the nearly $200 million that was frozen over their bid for full UN recognition. “We have been working with Congress for some time, because we don’t think it’s in US national…

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