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Rapper shot to death in Atlanta

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Rapper Slim Dunkin has been shot to death in Atlanta, police said on Saturday. Dunkin, 24, whose real name was Mario Hamilton, was killed on Friday at a studio where a music video was being filmed, Atlanta police said in a statement. “Moments after his arrival, an…

Witnesses grilled as Manning hearing resumes

Defense attorneys grilled US Army investigators Saturday about the evidence against Bradley Manning and the sexual identity of the intelligence analyst accused of spilling US secrets to WikiLeaks. In cross-examination, defense attorneys for Manning, who was spending his 24th birthday in court, questioned the witnesses about whether they had come…

Tyson recalls ground beef over possible E. coli contamination

(Reuters) – Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli, federal officials said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said that the department became aware of the problem Monday when the agency was notified by the Ohio Department of Health…

Big Corn, Big Sugar in bitter fight over ‘corn sugar’

Big Corn and Big Sugar are locked in a legal and public relations fight in the US over a plan to change the name of a corn-based sweetener that has gotten a bad name. The fight began last year when Corn Refiners Association, a trade association, proposed changing the name…

Gingrich: I’ll ‘ignore’ any Supreme Court ruling I disagree with

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is doubling down from Thursday’s Fox News debate on his vow to abolish federal courts if he disagreed with their decision. According to The Hill, in a conference call with reporters, Gingrich indicated that it was in the president’s power as commander-in-chief to deem any…

MN GOPer resigns over alleged ‘inappropriate relationship’

In yet another case of the GOP failing to uphold its “Family Values” mantle, Minnesota Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch resigned from her leadership post after facing allegations of an “inappropriate relationship” with a staffer. According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, Koch was confronted by her Republican colleagues about…

Senate passage of payroll tax cut extension forces Obama to deal with Keystone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate voted on Saturday to extend a payroll tax cut for two months in legislation that also attempts to force President Barack Obama to approve construction of an oil pipeline. The Senate overwhelmingly passed the legislation by a vote of 89-10. It is expected to be…

Obama, pushing back at Republicans, defends Israel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama assured Jewish voters on Friday he remains committed to Israel’s security and a two-state solution with the Palestinians as he defended himself against attacks on his policy from Republican presidential challengers. Obama, who has been criticized by Republicans and some in the American Jewish…

States to weigh in on basic health care benefits

(Reuters) – U.S. health officials will allow states to select the basic set of medical benefits that must be offered by insurance plans participating in new exchanges mandated by the federal healthcare overhaul, the U.S. government said on Friday. The Department of Health and Human Services announcement relates to the…

Justice Department says Seattle police used excessive force

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seattle police officers used excessive force over the last two years and were too quick to resort to using their batons and other weapons, but were not guilty of systematically victimizing minorities, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. The city’s police have been criticized for their…

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