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Guns in Mexico crimes came from ATF’s Operation ‘Fast and Furious’

WASHINGTON — At least 122 weapons recovered at crime scenes in Mexico have been linked to a US government weapons sting operation gone awry, two US members of Congress said in a report Tuesday. Operation “Fast and Furious,” run by the US Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), allowed…

NAACP calls for an end to the war on drugs

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is officially calling on the U.S. government to end the war on drugs. A majority of NAACP delegates at their annual convention in Los Angeles Tuesday voted to pass a resolution titled: “A Call to End the War on Drugs,…

Wisc. union protester claims Capitol staffer attacked her balloon

Though the pro-union protesters in Wisconsin are no longer making front page news daily around the country, their resistance continues — most recently, in a bizarre direction involving a trail of blood and a popped balloon. Activists have taken to holding red heart-shaped balloons in the Capitol rotunda in Madison,…

Saudi billionaire, News Corp. benefactor, rebuffs calls for restructuring

LONDON (Reuters) – News Corp’s major shareholder Prince Alwaleed bin Tala has rebuffed calls to change the company’s dual-class structure or leadership, the Financial Times reported in its Tuesday edition. “Investors went into News Corp knowing the class A and B share structure,” Alwaleed was quoted as saying in an…

Florida beach town woos New York’s gay newlyweds

MIAMI (Reuters) – Tourism operators in Fort Lauderdale are hoping that New York’s gay marriage law will bring new business to the sunny Florida city. This week, they stepped up efforts to promote Fort Lauderdale as a honeymoon destination for same-sex couples from New York. “This is a great opportunity,”…

Michelle Obama happy with new McDonald’s Happy Meal changes

Fast food giant McDonald’s announced an effort to lighten up their kid-focused Happy Meals, and First Lady Michelle Obama ordered up a super-sized blessing for the chain’s nod toward health Tuesday. By April, all 14,000 U.S. locations of McDonalds will serve a fruit or vegetable with each Happy Meal and…

Lawmakers head for showdown over debt plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama’s Democrats and their Republican rivals on Tuesday headed for a showdown over competing debt plans one week before a deadline for averting a potentially disastrous U.S. default. With the two sides further apart than ever and the threat of a far-reaching U.S. credit downgrade looming, IMF chief Christine Lagarde urged…

IMF chief warns of global dangers of U.S. default

IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned Tuesday the clock was ticking on a US debt deal, as the dollar slid to new lows amid concerns of a looming and unprecedented default by the world’s top economy. President Barack Obama, in a solemn late night address to the nation, hit out at what…

Bachmann paid Fox News makeup artist $4,700

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann likes to call herself a fiscal conservative but some voters may question that after seeing her latest campaign expenditures. Campaign finance filings indicate that during a two-week period in the month of June, Bachmann spent nearly $4,700 with just one makeup artist. Payments of $1,715,…

Study: Marijuana compound helps mitigate cocaine addiction in mice

Researchers in Maryland and Beijing have learned that a component marijuana helps mitigate cocaine addiction in mice, leading some to hope that marijuana may one day become the next big anti-addiction therapy. The discovery was announced in the July 2011 edition of Nature Neuroscience. The study found that cannabidiol, an…

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