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Police block ‘Occupy Wall Street’ rally to shut down New York Stock Exchange

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York police prevented protesters from shutting down Wall Street on Thursday, arresting at least 177 people in repeated clashes with an Occupy Wall Street rally that drew fewer demonstrators than expected. Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters took to the streets in rainy New York…

Man charged with trying to assassinate Obama

WASHINGTON — A 21-year-old Hispanic man arrested after shots were fired near the White House was charged Thursday with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama, a justice department official said. Oscar Ortega-Hernandez was arrested by Pennsylvania state police on Wednesday following last week’s shooting incident. Obama and his wife Michelle…

Energy secretary grilled over failed solar firm

WASHINGTON — Under fire from angry Republicans, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu denied Thursday that now bankrupt solar panel firm Solyndra leveraged political ties to President Barack Obama for a government loan. “The final decisions on Solyndra were mine,” Chu told a key committee of the Republican-held House of Representatives.…

U.S. jobless claims fall for third straight week

WASHINGTON — New claims for unemployment benefits fell for the third week running to their lowest level since April, suggesting improved health in the troubled US job market, official data showed Thursday. Initial US jobless claims fell to 388,000 in the week ending November 12, the Labor Department said. The…

State Dept. faces fresh charges of bias over Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON — The US State Department, tasked with deciding on a controversial giant pipeline between the United States and Canada, faced fresh charges Thursday of bias over the project. The environmental group Friends of the Earth (FoE) cited new emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act to show what…

White House slams Benetton’s Obama kissing ads

WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday slammed a new Benetton advertising campaign showing US President Barack Obama kissing Chinese and Venezuelan leaders smack on the lips. “The White House has a longstanding policy disapproving of the use of the president’s name and likeness for commercial purposes,” spokesman Eric Schultz…

Pentagon successfully tests hypersonic flying bomb

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Thursday held a successful test flight of a flying bomb that travels faster than the speed of sound and will give military planners the ability to strike targets anywhere in the world in less than a hour. Launched by rocket from Hawaii at 1130 GMT,…

‘Anonymous’ takes aim at Chamber of Commerce, again

The online protest group “Anonymous” claimed in a video published Thursday that it was targeting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its dogged support of the “Protect IP Act,” which they called an effort at “censorship.” “This bill would allow the United States Government to force ISP’s and search engines…

Nevada indicts two over ‘forged’ foreclosure documents

Two title officers employed by Lender Processing Services — one of the largest companies of its type, whose services are retained by virtually all of the top 50 banks in America — are facing lengthy jail sentences after a grand jury in Nevada on Wednesday handed down hundreds of felony…

College Repub. calls Obama assassination ‘tempting’

According to ABC news, yesterday Lauren E. Pierce, president of the University of Texas at Austin College Republicans posted an alarming message to her Twitter feed that read, “Y’all as tempting as it may be, don’t shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president…

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