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Permit extended for Washington protesters

WASHINGTON — A Washington offshoot of Occupy Wall Street has won a green light to keep occupying until February 28, officials said Thursday, so long as it shares its space with a conservative group. Occupy Washington DC in Freedom Plaza, which grew out of an anti-war protest in early October,…

Tourist arrested with loaded gun at September 11 memorial

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A tourist from Tennessee was arrested after she brought a loaded handgun to the National September 11 Memorial in her handbag, and she could face a possible prison term, authorities said on Thursday. Meredith Graves, 39, was trying to visit the New York City memorial on…

SEC chided again by judge in Citigroup fraud case

In his latest sharply-worded order, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff chastised the SEC for not telling him it had filed an emergency request with an appeals court to put the case on hold, after making the same request to him. So when Rakoff on Tuesday issued a ruling opposing any…

Holiday tourists overwhelm top Florida theme parks

WASHINGTON — Free-spending US tourists shrugged off economic worries to overwhelm Disney World and other top Florida theme parks this week, forcing them to temporarily shut the gates, local officials said Thursday. Some visitors to Legoland, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and three Disney destinations found parking lots and…

As U.S. commander, Petraeus ruled out resigning: book

WASHINGTON — The former US military commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, rejected suggestions to resign over disagreements with President Barack Obama, concluding it would be a “selfish, grandstanding move,” a new book says. “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus,” describes how the general — now CIA director…

Bachmann: ‘I love’ my AR-15 assault rifle

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann revealed on Thursday that the AR-15 assault rifle was her favorite gun. During a WHO-AM radio interview, Bachmann told host Jan Mickelson that she had planned to go pheasant hunting with Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Friday. “I’m a pretty good shot,” the candidate admitted.…

Santorum: Marriage prevents poverty — unless you’re gay

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that everyone but gay men and lesbians can stay out of poverty by just getting married. At a campaign event in Muscatine, Iowa Thursday, a questioner asked Santorum how his anti-poverty plan would help the gays who can’t legally marry in 45 states. “If…

Dark horse conservative Santorum rides Iowa surge

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, surging in Iowa thanks to the state’s social conservatives, declared Thursday that the party must not compromise its core beliefs to win back the White House. “We don’t need someone who can just be a little better” than embattled Democratic President Barack Obama, the long-shot…

U.S. warships cross Hormuz despite Iran threats

Two American warships have crossed through the Strait of Hormuz without incident despite Iranian threats to close the strategic oil route, the US Navy said Thursday. The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay “conducted a pre-planned, routine transit through the Strait of Hormuz”…

U.S. to sell fighter jets to Saudi Arabia: White House

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the government to government deal included production of 84 new aircraft and upgrades to 70 existing aircraft as well as munitions, spare parts, training, maintenance and logistics. “This agreement reinforces the strong and enduring relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, and demonstrates…

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