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ACLU: FBI illegally spying on Muslim groups

NEW YORK — The FBI has spied and compiled information on Muslim community groups under the cover of holding outreach meetings with their representatives, a US rights organization said Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union issued a report saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation had overstepped its authority and was…

Warren could recapture Ted Kennedy seat: poll

Elizabeth Warren, a popular figure on the left of the Democratic Party, is tied in a race to recapture the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat from Republican Scott Brown next year, according to a poll Thursday. The poll by the University of Massachusetts puts Warren four points ahead of Brown…

Superman comic soars to new $2.16 million record

A pristine first edition of the inaugural Superman comic book, originally costing just 10 cents, has sold at auction for a record-breaking $2.16 million. The 1938 copy of Action Comics #1, in which Superman debuted, sold Wednesday, smashing a $1.5 million record set for a slightly less well-preserved copy of the first edition…

Citadel lawyer hoped to avoid criminal probe of abuse

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters)- Newly released documents tied to a 2007 internal probe of child sexual abuse allegations against a camp counselor at The Citadel show a school lawyer hoped a criminal investigation of the matter could be avoided. Local and state police are investigating The Citadel — South Carolina’s…

McCain questions Obama’s pick for Pentagon Asia post

WASHINGTON — Senior US Senator John McCain demanded in a letter out Thursday that President Barack Obama’s pick to be the Pentagon’s top Asia hand detail his role in internal White House feuds on national security. And McCain signaled that he might block former national security council (NSC) chief of…

Bachmann: Gays ‘can marry a woman if they’re a man’

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachman says it’s fine for a gay man to get married — as long as it’s to a woman. During a town hall event in Iowa Wednesday, Jane Schmidt, president of Waverly High School Gay-Straign Alliance, asked the candidate why same sex couples couldn’t get married.…

Mass. AG hits big banks with foreclosure lawsuit

(Reuters) – The Massachusetts attorney general has filed a lawsuit against five large U.S. banks accusing them of deceptive foreclosure practices, such as robo-signing. Attorney General Martha Coakley said on Thursday the lawsuit was filed in state court inBoston against Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co Inc, Citigroup Inc, Wells Fargo & Co and Ally Financial.…

Bachmann claims she would close non-existent U.S. embassy in Iran

Speaking to an audience in Iowa on Wednesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) claimed that if she were president, the U.S. would not have an embassy in Iran. She was responding to news of the British embassy in Iran being overrun by hardline students, who trashed the place and set it…

November retail sales reports show mixed results

(Reuters) – Major U.S. retailers showed a big rift between winners and losers in November, as a strong turnout on “Black Friday,” the busiest shopping day of the year, encouraged some, while others did not experience the swell of buying they had hoped for. Early sales and deep discounts gave…

Jobless claims edge above 400,000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week, popping above 400,000 for the first time in just over a month and reinforcing the view that the battered labor market was healing only slowly. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits climbed to a seasonally adjusted 402,000 from…

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