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Sen. Feinstein: Britain-style hacking could happen in U.S.

WASHINGTON — A phone hacking scandal like the one rocking Britain could happen in the United States, but it would be “quickly exposed,” a top US Senator said Wednesday. “I don’t think anyone should believe that these things can’t happen here,” said Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat.…

General Petraeus warns U.S.-Pakistan relationship deteriorating

PARIS — US General David Petraeus admitted Wednesday there was no option but to work on troubled relations with Pakistan, days after standing down from his job at the helm of coalition forces in Afghanistan. Speaking in Paris on his way to his new job as CIA chief, the most…

Wasserman Schultz ‘unfazed’ by nasty email from Rep. Allen West

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida said Wednesday on MSNBC that she was “unfazed” by an email she received from her fellow Congressman Allen West (R-FL). West sent a nasty email to Wasserman Schultz on Tuesday afternoon, calling her “the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of…

Woman who groped TSA officer won’t face felony charges

Felony charges will not be filed against a Colorado woman who is accused of groping a Transportation Security Administration officer at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Sixty-one-year old Yukari Mihamae had faced a felony count of sexual abuse after she allegedly squeezed and twisted the breast of a TSA…

Scahill: CIA running black site prisons in Somalia

Jeremy Scahill, investigative reporter for The Nation, joined progressive talk show host Thom Hartmann on his satelite radio show Tuesday to discuss the CIA’s latest scandal: black site prisons in Somalia. According to Scahill, it is no longer clear how the Obama administration has made any changes to the Bush-era…

New U.S. software to end ‘naked’ airport scans

In the face of an outcry over so-called “naked” body scans at airports, US authorities on Wednesday announced plans for a new scanning system that eliminates “passenger-specific images.” Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole said the agency would begin installing new software on its scanners “designed to enhance privacy.” The…

U.S. Republicans hit aid to Israel neighbors, Pakistan

US Republicans moved Wednesday to cut aid to several of Israel’s neighbors and to tighten control of assistance to Pakistan, vowing to get tough on Islamic militants and tame US spending. The Republican-led House Foreign Affairs Committee pushed a range of issues in a spending bill for the fiscal year…

NASA fends off tears with shuttle end in sight

NASA astronauts and engineers fought off tears Wednesday as Atlantis made its final approach toward Earth, bringing an end to the 30-year shuttle program and closing a chapter in human spaceflight. The shuttle was set to roll to a stop early Thursday, exactly 42 years after US astronaut Neil Armstrong…

Court: Appeal to assassinate Obama is protected speech

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that calling for someone to kill the President of the United States cannot be classified as a threat because standing law does not prohibit “predictions or exhortations” to violence. In a 2-1 decision, judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that California…

Obama defends handling of crisis debt talks

US President Barack Obama defends his handling of crisis talks to avert a disastrous early August debt default in interviews Wednesday targeting voters in states crucial to his reelection bid. Obama was also expected to hold another round of often acrimonious White House talks with fellow Democrats and his top…

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