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Medical marijuana advocates launch free iPhone app

The medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) teamed up with the developers iWeed to launch a free iPhone app on Wednesday that allows users to sign up for raid alerts and activist phone trees, among other things. By releasing the ASA Advocate App, the group is hoping…

New U.S. anti-pollution standards draw industry fire

WASHINGTON — US health campaigners Wednesday hailed the announcement of new anti-pollution standards for American manufacturers, but industry leaders condemned the rules for being costly and overly aggressive. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the first national standards to control power plant emissions of mercury and toxic air pollution…

Ron Paul assails ‘perpetual war’

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa — Republican White House hopeful Ron Paul, courting Iowa voters who are key to his campaign, called Wednesday for a “minding our own business” US foreign policy and an end to “perpetual war.” “No more wars unless you declare them, and fight them, and win them, and…

Santorum: Christian leaders ‘really worried’ about Romney or Paul win

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum revealed Wednesday that Bob Vander Plaats, the head of anti-gay Christian group The Family Leader, and other conservative leaders had asked either him, Michele Bachmann or Rick Perry to drop out because they were “really worried that Mitt Romney or Ron Paul’s going to win.”…

BofA’s Countrywide to pay $335 million over bias case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bank of America Corp’s Countrywide Financial unit agreed on Wednesday to pay a record $335 million to settle civil charges that it discriminated against minority homebuyers, a historic settlement for the Obama administration in the wake of the subprime mortgage morass. As the financial crisis was building in 2008, Bank of America bought…

Underwear bomber seeks new U.S. lawyer

The young Nigerian man dubbed the “underwear bomber” after trying to blow up a packed US-bound airliner wants a new lawyer to help him with an upcoming sentencing hearing. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 25, represented himself in the high profile case and pleaded guilty on the second day of his October trial…

Boehner’s office cuts off C-SPAN cameras as GOP takes verbal beating

A strange thing happened Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill. As Rep. Stenny Hoyer (D-MD) attempted to call for a vote to extend a payroll tax cut to middle class and working Americans, his Republican colleagues adjourned the House and walked out of the chamber. And if that weren’t odd enough,…

Romney: Bush wouldn’t have invaded Iraq if he knew there were no WMD

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney insisted on Wednesday that President George W. Bush would never have invaded Iraq if he had known that were no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the country. “If we knew at the time of our entry into Iraq that there were no weapons of…

Company owners fake being disabled vets for government contracts

Each year millions in government funds intended to help veterans get back to work go to firms where owners have lied about being disabled vets, according to government watchdogs. The federal government sets aside billions in contracts each year for companies considered to be service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB). The…

China hackers breach U.S. Chamber of Commerce

(Reuters) – Hackers in China broke through the computer defenses of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last year and were able to access information about its operations and its 3 million members, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. In Beijing, China dismissed the report. The Journal, citing unidentified people…

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