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Fox Business boots atheist for ‘denigrating’ Christ

Fox Business host Eric Bolling invited an atheist to express his views on Christmas Monday — and then promptly kicked him off the show for doing so. Last week, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) asked the Texas town of Athens to remove a nativity scene, claiming that the display…

WaMu settles dispute, eyes bankruptcy exit

(Reuters) - Washington Mutual Inc, the biggest bank to fail in U.S. history, said it reached a settlement in a dispute betweenshareholders and certain creditors that had prevented the bank from emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. WaMu got a respite late on Monday when it said in a court filing that the shareholders represented…

Congress cannot accelerate Keystone pipeline decision: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department warned on Monday that a plan by congressional Republicans to fast track the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline decision would violate environmental laws and force it to withhold approval. “Should Congress impose an arbitrary deadline for the permit decision … the department would be…

Gingrich, Huntsman debate leaves Romney in the cold

Leading Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich and his distant rival Jon Huntsman froze out big candidate Mitt Romney with a debate Monday where they agreed on everything. The one-on-one debate where no one really debated was a novel twist in Gingrich’s efforts to chip away at what remains of Romney’s…

Victim of random Hollywood shooting dies

LOS ANGELES — A 40-year-old music executive critically injured when a gunman opened fire randomly on a Hollywood street has died, police said. John Atterberry had worked on projects with artists including Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson and the Spice Girls. He was hit in the jaw at close range when…

Bigotry charges aimed at Lowes over Muslim TV show

WASHINGTON — One of the biggest US retailers faced charges of bigotry Monday after it bowed to pressure from a Christian group and stopped advertising on a reality TV show about Arab Americans. Lowe’s, a national hardware chain, said it was among a number of sponsors to abandon “All-American Muslim,”…

House bill could outlaw negotiations with Iran

Legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives aimed at beefing up economic sanctions against Iran could prohibit the United States from negotiating with the country, Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Fortney Pete Stark (D-CA) warned in a letter to their colleagues. The Iran Threat Reduction Act, H.R. 1905, is expected…

Iraq has ‘enduring partner’ in U.S., Obama vows

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Monday vowed an “enduring” partnership with a “self reliant” and sovereign Iraq, touting his promise kept to end a wrenching war as he met Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Obama said the last US soldiers would leave Iraq this month “with heads held high” but left…

Port truck drivers thank ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters

A group of port truck drivers thanked the “99 Percenters” on Monday for bringing attention to their profession, which they claim is rife with labor abuses. “Occupy” protesters disrupted traffic at ports along the U.S. west coast on Monday, as a small number were arrested for seeking to shut down…

Commissioner battling nuclear regulatory chairman has ties to Fukushima

One of the commissioners upset with the behavior of Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), served as a consultant for the Japanese company that owns the Fukushima nuclear power plant, according to the Huffington Post. The five-member NRC regulates the 104 nuclear power reactors in the…

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