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U.S. border chief resigns

NEW YORK — The head of the US Customs and Border Protection service announced Thursday he is to resign at the end of this year. Alan Bersin, who was appointed by President Barack Obama in March last year, said he would step down on December 30. His departure comes after…

‘Occupy Berkeley’ protesters remain, Tucson camp shut down

BERKELEY, California (Reuters) – Anti-Wall Street protesters remained in a camp of about 20 tents in the Northern California college town of Berkeley on Thursday, a day after authorities threatened to stop overnight camping. Rising tensions over a possible eviction in Berkeley came as authorities in Tuscon, Arizona, said they…

Police officer hurt, two arrested at ‘Occupy DC’ site

WASHINGTON — A police officer was injured Thursday and two people arrested at the site of a Washington offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, a National Park Service police spokesman said. One person was charged with assaulting a police officer and disorderly conduct after Park Police officers converged on…

Walmart pulls formula from shelves after baby dies

CHICAGO — Walmart has pulled infant formula from the shelves of its 3,000 stores after two babies in Missouri got sick and one of them died, the retailer said Thursday. Health officials have not yet determined whether the bacterial infection which sickened the newborns was linked to the powdered formula,…

Top U.S. officer decries hazing after troop suicides

WASHINGTON — The US military’s top officer warned on Thursday over recent hazing incidents among American troops, saying such misconduct was cruel and would not be tolerated. General Martin Dempsey issued the statement after charges were issued in connection with the death of an Army soldier who was allegedly abused…

In ad for newsletter, Ron Paul forecast ‘race war’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A direct-mail solicitation for Ron Paul’s political and investment newsletters two decades ago warned of a “coming race war in our big cities” and of a “federal-homosexual cover-up” to play down the impact of AIDS. The eight-page letter, which appears to carry Paul’s signature at the end,…

Gingrich: Ron Paul’s key base is ‘people who want to legalize drugs’

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Thursday took a few rhetorical shots at his rival Ron Paul and his unorthodox libertarian message, according to CBS News. “This is a guy who basically says, if the United States were only nice, it wouldn’t have had 9/11,” he told conservative commentator John…

Court blocks key terms of South Carolina immigration law

WASHINGTON — A court on Thursday blocked key provisions of a controversial new immigration law by the southeastern US state of South Carolina, less than two weeks before it was to take effect. Judge Richard Gergel of the South Carolina circuit ruled that some terms of the law locally known…

U.S. pulls back Peace Corps from Central America

WASHINGTON — The US Peace Corps, the government run volunteer body, is pulling out of Honduras in response to security fears as narcotics-related violence spreads in Central America. The organization announced earlier this week that 158 volunteers were being pulled from Honduras in January. Training there and for new volunteers…

WikiLeaks suspect ‘abused’ trust: U.S. Army prosecutors

FORT MEADE, Maryland — US Army prosecutors said Thursday that Private Bradley Manning “abused our trust” and should face a court-martial for one of the most serious intelligence breaches in US history. Defense attorneys argued meanwhile at the conclusion of a seven-day hearing that the charges against the 24-year-old soldier…

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