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Former GOP city chair busted for videotaping naked boys

A former New Jersey Republican city chair has been arrested on multiple charges of using a hidden camera to videotape naked boys using communal showers at a Catholic high school. Patrick Lott, the 54-year-old assistant principal at Bernardsville Middle School since 2009, is facing more than 50 counts including endangering…

Mercedes, BMW vie for US luxury car crown

In a first, two German manufacturers — Mercedes-Benz and BMW — are dueling for the honor of being the top luxury brand sold in the United States. With the champion of the past 11 years, Toyota’s Lexus, hobbled by the fallout from Japan’s March 11 earthquake-tsunami-nuclear meltdown disaster, the two…

Air traffic alert after Alaska volcano spews ash cloud

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A remote volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian islands erupted early on Thursday, spouting an ash cloud 15,000 feet into the sky and prompting an air-traffic alert, scientists said. The Cleveland Volcano, located on an uninhabited island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage, had been oozing lava and gas…

Somali groups suspend wire transfers from Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A group of businesses that provide money transfers between Minnesota and Somalia said they had suspended their services on Thursday, forced into the move after a U.S. bank decided to shut down what they call a vital lifeline to the war-torn African country. Somalia has appealed the…

Iran-US brinkmanship over oil strait worsens

A showdown between Iran and the United States over Tehran’s threats to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to oil tankers worsened with warships from each side giving weight to an increasingly bellicose exchange of words. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards rejected a warning that the US military would “not tolerate” such…

Congress frees up $40 million for Palestinians

WASHINGTON — The US State Department said Congress has released $40 million in aid to the Palestinians, part of the nearly $200 million that was frozen over their bid for full UN recognition. “We have been working with Congress for some time, because we don’t think it’s in US national…

Gingrich would consider Palin for a Cabinet position

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday said he would consider appointing former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to a Cabinet position within his administration if he were elected president, according to the liberal watchdog Right Wing Watch. Gingrich was asked during a tele-town hall if he would consider Palin as…

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…

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