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Bank of America throws out $5 debit fee

After much public criticism, Bank of America is bailing out of its plan to charge customers a five dollar monthly fee for making purchases with their debit card. According to The Wall Street Journal, the move was spurred on by both pressure from consumer feedback and competitors dropping their own versions…

Hillary Clinton’s mother dies: family

The 92-year-old mother of US Secretary of State Hillary Clintondied early Tuesday after her health took a turn for the worse, causing the chief US diplomat to cancel foreign travel plans. Dorothy Rodham, who was born in Chicago on June 4, 1919, died shortly after midnight on Tuesday surrounded by her family, the…

One protester dead in Oklahoma City, nine arrested in Portland

In what was an otherwise calm night across the country, one Occupy Oklahoma City protester was found dead and nine Occupy Portland protesters were arrested. In a press advisory Monday, Occupy Oklahoma City organizers expressed their sadness at the passing of a homeless protester who went by the name “Street…

U.S. brokerage bankrupt over euro debt losses

Struggling US brokerage firm MF Global has filed for bankruptcy after confidence in the company was shattered by a string of losses from European public debt holdings. The firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Manhattan bankruptcy court on Monday, making it the first major US casualty from the European debt crisis. While MF Global…

Will “Obamacons” turn back to Republicans in 2012?

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – In contrast to 2008, Democratic President Barack Obama cannot count on a wave of support for his re-election bid next year from well-known moderate Republicans. Unhappy with Obama’s handling of the economy, conservative backers from three years ago are either sitting on the fence or have thrown…

U.S. soldier jailed for 10 years for South Korea rape

SEOUL — A South Korean court on Tuesday jailed a US soldier for 10 years for raping a teenager, Yonhap news agency reported, in a case which prompted an apology from a top US diplomat. The private was sentenced for raping the 18-year-old multiple times in Dongducheon, which hosts the…

‘Occupy Denver’ spokeswoman says police injustice only boosts protest

“Occupy Denver” media coordinator Jeannie Harley said on Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann that she did not witness any protesters being unruly during the violent arrests at Saturday’s rally in Civic Center Park. “We’d had a perfectly peaceful march, a perfectly peaceful rally, and it turned into something much…

Sen. Bernie Sanders: U.S. becoming laughing stock of the world

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Monday night that the United States was becoming “the laughing stock of the entire world” because of the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. The Senate will take up this week a part of Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act that would provide $60 billion create a…

House to vote on affirming ‘In God We Trust’ as national motto

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Tuesday on a resolution to affirm the phrase “In God We Trust” as the nation’s official motto, according to Politico. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), the founder and chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, sponsored the legislation. It would encourage the public display of…

Presidential debates set for 2012 election

WASHINGTON — The location and dates of the crucial 2012 US presidential election debates between Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and a yet-to-be-determined Republican challenger were announced on Monday. The first of the three face-to-face encounters between Obama and his Republican challenger will be on October 3 at the University of…

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