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Sen. Rockefeller urges U.S. probe of Murdoch’s media empire

WASHINGTON — A key US senator called Tuesday for a probe into whether alleged hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s media empire had extended to US citizens and warned of “severe” consequences if that proved the case. “I encourage the appropriate agencies to investigate to ensure that Americans have not had their…

Mitt Romney rejects ‘undignified and inappropriate’ Family Leader pledge

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday rejected a “pro-marriage” pledge created by a conservative, Iowa-based Christian group that opposes same sex marriage, Sharia law and pornography, according to the Associated Press. A spokesperson said that while Romney “strongly supports traditional marriage,” the oath “contained references and provisions that were…

Michele Bachmann refuses to answer questions about her husband’s clinic

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN) has remained silent on her husband’s Christian counseling center, which reportedly practices a discredited “reparative therapy” aimed at converting patients into heterosexuals. ABC News presented undercover video Monday that confirms the clinic owned by Bachmann and her husband, Dr. Marcus Bachmann, does indeed…

U.S. defense contractor pleads guilty to illegal exports to China

WASHINGTON — A US defense contractor pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one charge of conspiring to illegally export US Defense Department weapons plans to China, in an apparent money-saving scheme, the Justice Department said. From 2004 to 2009 the New Jersey-based Swiss Technology had contracts with the Defense Department to…

Bernie Sanders to Obama: Keep your word not to cut Social Security

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont called on President Barack Obama to keep his promise not to cut Social Security, as high-stakes deficit talks resumed Tuesday at the White House. “If you told the American people you’re not going to cut Social Security, then don’t cut Social Security,” he said…

Pakistan threatens to pull back troops after U.S. cuts aid

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan threatened Tuesday to pull back troops from the Afghan border in response to US aid cuts, defying American demands to open new fronts in the war on Al-Qaeda and escalating tensions with Washington. “I think the next step is, the government or the armed forces will move…

California woman drugs husband and cuts off his penis, says he ‘deserved it’

LOS ANGELES — A 48-year-old Californian was arrested for drugging her husband’s dinner then cutting off his penis, saying he “deserved it,” police said Tuesday. Catherine Kieu Becker was booked for poisoning and assault with a deadly weapon after the incident in which she tied him to the bed Monday…

News Corp. phone hacking scandal cited in investor lawsuit

NEW YORK — A group of US investors have amended their lawsuit against Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp to include Britain’s phone-hacking scandal as evidence of a nepotistic corporate culture “run amuck.” Two pension funds and New York-based Amalgamated Bank, which manages about $12 billion for institutional investors, accused Murdoch of…

Iraqi cleric Sadr lashes out at U.S.

BAGHDAD — Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday lashed out at US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta’s disclosure that American forces are keeping up unilateral attacks on Iran-backed insurgents in Iraq. Sadr’s spokesman Salah al-Obeidi charged in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, south of Baghdad, that Panetta had “openly…

Whoopi Goldberg furiously denounces Family Leader pledge signed by Bachmann

Whoopi Goldberg blasted Rep. Michele Bachmann for signing a “pro-marriage” pledge that claimed, among other things, that African American children were better off under slavery than they are today. “I am starting to feel like there is some kind of racial thing going around,” Goldberg said Monday on ABC’s The…

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