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Gingrich: ‘File charges’ against Pelosi if she releases dirt on me

Update: Gingrich ethics files are actually public information Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich sounds a little worried that Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi might follow through with her threat to divulge details of his past transgressions. “If she’s suggesting that she’s going to use materials that she developed when she was…

FCC to set standards for mass disruptions of Americans’ communications

Following an investigation into a public transit authority that cut off mobile phone service amid a protest earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said recently that it would attempt to outline the circumstances under which officials may legally disrupt wireless communications in the U.S. In a release last…

9-year-old suspended for calling teacher ‘cute’

A North Carolina fourth grader says he didn’t even know what sexual harassment meant until he was suspended for telling another student that his teacher was “cute.” Chiquita Lockett told WSOC that the principal of Brookside Elementary in Gastonia called to explain that her son, Emanyea, had been suspended for…

Supreme Court rejects worship at public school appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court let stand on Monday a ruling that religious groups cannot use public schools facilities for worship services outside of normal school hours in a case about church-state separation. The justices refused to review the ruling by a U.S. appeals court that upheld a…

Hutaree militia defendant pleads guilty in Michigan

DETROIT (Reuters) – One of nine members of a Midwestern militia group that prosecutors have accused of plotting to kill police to spark a wider war against the U.S. government pleaded guilty on Monday to weapons charges, prosecutors said. Joshua John Clough, 29, formerly of Blissfield Township, Michigan, was among…

FAA chief charged with drunk driving: police

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top aviation safety official was arrested over the weekend and charged with drunken driving, police said. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt, 65, was pulled over on Saturday night in Fairfax, Virginia, for driving on the wrong side of the road, a police statement said.…

Many Americans already done with holiday shopping

(Reuters) – More than a third of U.S. shoppers are already done with most of their holiday shopping, a survey showed on Monday, signaling that retailers need to offer bigger incentives to win sales in the few weeks before Christmas. The findings underscore the fragility of the U.S. recovery, since…

Two claim sexual abuse by former Red Sox staffer

BOSTON (Reuters) – Two men came forward on Monday to accuse a now-deceased Red Sox official of sexually abusing them two decades ago when they were teenagers working for the baseball team. They are the ninth and tenth people to charge former clubhouse manager Donald Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005,…

U.S. Postal Service seeks to end next-day mail

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service on Monday moved forward with plans to end next-day delivery of letters, postcards and other First Class mail. Also, in a notice filed with its regulator, it sought approval to close more than half of its 461 processing facilities that have been…

U.S. Navy in big biofuel purchase

The US Navy unveiled plans Monday for its biggest-ever biofuel purchase as part of an effort to reduce dependence on imported oil. US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said the 450,000 gallons (1.7 million liters) were part of the “largest single purchase of advanced drop-in biofuel in government history.” The biofuel…

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