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Bancroft family members regret sale of Wall Street Journal to Rupert Murdoch

A number of key members of the family which controlled The Wall Street Journal say they would not have agreed to sell the prestigious daily to Rupert Murdoch if they had been aware of News International’s conduct in the phone-hacking scandal at the time of the deal. “If I had…

Poll: Bachmann rises among Republicans

WASHINGTON — Minnesota lawmaker Michele Bachmann, a favorite of the ultraconservative Tea Party movement, has surged to second place among Republican presidential contenders, a poll said Wednesday. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney remains ahead of the pack, but Bachmann has “zoomed into second place,” more than doubling her support, said…

‘Fiance’ defends Strauss-Kahn accuser as ‘honest lady’

NEW YORK — An Arizona inmate identified as the fiance of the woman accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape, defended her in an online interview Wednesday, saying she would have had no cause to invent her story. “I know that he (Strauss-Kahn) did what he did,” said Amara Tarawally, 35,…

McCain calls for cybersecurity Senate committee

WASHINGTON — Veteran US Senator John McCain on Wednesday urged the creation of a special Senate committee on cybersecurity and electronic intelligence leaks to cut through legislative delays to crafting a US response. McCain requested the move in a letter to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Senate…

Atheists file lawsuit against Gov. Rick Perry over Christian prayer summit

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to prevent Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry from taking part in a planned evangelical Christian prayer rally he initiated in Houston. Perry proclaimed August 6 as a “Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God’s guidance”…

Senators, 9/11 families call for News Corp. probes

Update (below): Rep. Peter King (R-NY) joins call for News Corp. probe The parent company of Fox News and The Wall Street Journal may soon face federal investigations in the U.S., if two Democratic Senators and a group representing the families of 9/11 victims have their way. Sen. Frank Lautenberg…

U.S. debt default would trigger global ‘crisis’: Bernanke

US central bank chief Ben Bernanke warned Wednesday that a US debt default would trigger a “major crisis” in the global economy, as the White House and its Republican foes groped for a budget deal. “Clearly, if we went so far as to default on the debt, it would be…

Mom arrested after refusing TSA search of daughter

Authorities at Nashville International Airport say a 41-year-old Clarksville woman was arrested after becoming belligerent and refusing to allow Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents to search her daughter. A police report obtained by The Tennessean states that Andrea Fornella Abbott did not want to have her daughter “touched inappropriately or…

New Missouri law requires drug tests for welfare recipients

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) signed new legislation this week that will allow the state’s social workers to administer drug tests to welfare recipients, the result of which could jeopardize their state aid, the Associated Press reported. Those who test positive for drug use and agree to a substance abuse…

Anderson Cooper reads Snooki’s book out loud, ridicules himself

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper put himself on his show’s “Ridiculist” Tuesday night after being outperformed by a denizen of the Jersey Shore. Nicole “Snooki” Pollizi, whom Cooper has often mocked, if reportedly at work on her second book for Simon & Schuster. Cooper himself has published one book. “If you…

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