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‘Anonymous’ targets pepper-spraying policeman

The online “hacktivist” group Anonymous published the personal contact details on Monday of a California university policeman who used pepper spray on protesters, and it urged supporters to flood him with phone calls and emails. YouTube videos of Friday’s incident on the campus of theUniversity of California, Davis have gone viral and led to the suspension of the…

Police investigate death threats against Walker recall activists

Police in Sun Prairie, Wisc. said Monday they were investigating reports of death threats made against two activists supporting the recall of Gov. Scott Walker (R). Wisconsin residents Heather DuBois Bourenane and Tom Peer, who live in Sun Prairie and Madison, respectively, said they received early morning phone calls on…

Romney: Cut health care for the poor, not defense spending

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday suggested using drastic cuts to health care for the poorest Americans to fund the Department of Defense. Speaking to employees of BAE Systems, one of the nation’s largest defense contractors, the candidate said that President Barack Obama and members of the “super committee”…

U.S. existing-home sales pick up in October

Sales of previously owned homes in the United States rose slightly in October after falling the prior month as the depressed housing market struggles to gain traction, an industry report said Monday. Sales of so-called “existing” homes increased 1.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.97 million units, the National Association of…

Former AIG chief sues U.S. for $25 billion

Former American International Group chief Maurice “Hank” Greenberg sued the US government for $25 billion Monday over the takeover of AIG at the height of the financial crisis in 2008. In a class action suit, Greenberg alleged that AIG shareholders lost most of their investments when the government unnecessarily took over AIG rather than just aiding…

Seattle baseball star Halman stabbed to death

The Seattle Mariners’ Dutch-born outfielder Gregory Halman has been stabbed to death in Rotterdam, police said Monday, and his brother has been arrested in connection with the incident. “We received a report at 5:40 am this morning that there had been a stabbing incident, Rotterdam police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels said. “A 24-year-old man was found dead…

Post pepper spraying, UC Davis chancellor insists ‘the university needs me’

After ordering the eviction of students staging an “Occupy” protest at the University of California-Davis on Friday, only to watch police efforts turn into a ghastly, violent scene, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi pledged Monday morning that she was not about to resign. Appearing on ABC News’s Good Morning America…

Norquist: GOP won’t be ‘fooled’ into raising taxes

As a Congressional “super committee” tasked with cutting the deficit on the verge of failure, anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist insisted in a series of interviews Monday that it wasn’t his fault. Norquist told CNN’s Carol Costello that Republicans were willing to “compromise” with Democrats as long as additional tax revenues…

Failure looms for U.S. debt super committee

The latest bid to find a long-term solution to the US debt crisis looked destined to fail Monday as lawmakers remained at odds over cutting social programs and raising taxes on the rich. A bipartisan “supercommittee” is facing a Wednesday deadline to reach agreement. Failure would trigger mandatory cuts from January 2013,…

New York arrests would-be terrorist in failed pipe bomb plot

NEW YORK — New York arrested and charged a US Al-Qaeda sympathizer in a plot to build a pipe bomb to kill government workers, elected officials and others. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said 27-year-old Jose Pimentel was targeting police, postal facilities and others and said he was a “lone wolf” without…

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