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Shots fired at Chinese consulate in LA: police

LOS ANGELES — Shots were fired at the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles on Thursday, but no one was injured, police said, adding that an Asian suspect was being sought. The Los Angeles Times newspaper reported that the shooting occurred after a scuffle between protesters outside the building and a…

Tea Party Patriots co-founder arrested for handgun at airport

Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, was arrested Thursday at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and faces up to 15 years in prison for illegally traveling with a handgun. He presented a locked gun box to a Delta Airlines employee during a preflight check-in, which contained a Glock 27…

Obama raps Republican ‘lurch’ to extremes

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has complained that Republicans see “compromise” as a dirty word, in an interview aired as his aides pressed for a deal in Congress on ending the latest political standoff. Obama told ABC News in an interview, parts of which were to be broadcast Thursday,…

Victoria’s Secret to probe child labor claims

WASHINGTON — US lingerie maker Victoria’s Secret on Thursday vowed to investigate claims that some of its fair-trade underwear is produced using child labor. In a statement Victoria’s Secret’s parent company said it was “very concerned” that fair-trade-certified cotton used in its panties could have been farmed using under-aged labor…

SEC appeals Citigroup settlement

NEW YORK — The US Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday appealed a court ruling which had blocked a deal to fine Citigroup $285 million on the grounds the regulator had let the bank off too lightly. The SEC said the judge’s call for Citigroup to be forced to admit…

‘Octomom’ doctor fails to win back medical license

LOS ANGELES — A California fertility doctor who infamously helped a woman give birth to octuplets lost a legal bid Thursday to win back his medical license, stripped from him due to “gross negligence.” The California Medical Board revoked Dr Michael Kamrava’s license in June because of a number of…

Buoyant economic data boosts U.S. stocks

NEW YORK — Positive data on the US jobs market, industrial activity and trade gave a boost to US stocks Thursday, but eurozone clouds continued to hover over the markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 45.33 points (0.38 percent) to finish at 11,868.81. The broader S&P 500 rose 3.93…

‘Occupy’ group takes ‘golden calf’ to Congress

WASHINGTON — About 20 “Occupy DC” protesters took their anti-corporate demonstration to the corridors of the US Congress, toting a “golden calf” made from papier-mache to symbolize lawmakers’ subservience to moneyed interests. The protest, said the group’s leader Jeremy John, aimed to call attention to the “the worship of money,”…

U.S. mayors decry rise in poverty, homelessness

WASHINGTON — US mayors sounded an alarm Thursday over deepening economic woes after a survey of 29 cities from Los Angeles to Washington showed worrying rises in homelessness and poverty-related food aid. “Here is the richest country in the world (and) we have people who cannot find a place to…

Senate passes National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON — The US Senate passed a $662 billion defense bill Thursday that also freezes some Pakistan aid, imposes sanctions on Iran’s central bank, and approves the indefinite imprisonment of suspected terrorists. The Democrat-led Senate voted 86-13 for the Defense Authorization bill, which was passed Wednesday by the House. President…

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