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US defense rests case in trial of alleged Mumbai attacks co-conspirator

CHICAGO – The defense in the trial of an alleged co-conspirator of the 2008 Mumbai attacks rested its case Monday without the defendant taking to the stand. Chicago businessman Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 50, is charged with three counts of providing material support to terrorists by acting as a messenger and…

Texas Governor Rick Perry to host prayer summit that calls upon Jesus to solve America’s problems

Texas Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed August 6 as a “Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God’s guidance” and has invited governors from across the nation to join his Christian prayer summit at Reliant Stadium in Houston. “Given the trials that beset our nation and world,…

Former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn pleads not guilty to sex crimes

NEW YORK – Fallen IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Monday pleaded not guilty to attempted rape, setting up a fierce New York courtroom showdown with his accuser. Asked how he pleaded to seven counts of sex crimes, the former head of the world lender, once a top contender for president…

Supreme Court allows class-action fraud lawsuit against Halliburton

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court gave the green light Monday to a group seeking to bring a class-action lawsuit against US oil services firm Halliburton for alleged fraud. The nine judges unanimously decided that the plaintiffs, a group of investors, do not need to prove a direct relationship between…

WATCH LIVE: Rep. Anthony Weiner speaks about the pictures he allegedly sent to women

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who faces allegation that he sent pictures of himself in various states of undress to women not his wife, will address the media at 4:00 pm ET. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

FCC complaint accuses Verizon of violating law by blocking tethering software

Verizon Wireless has come under heavy criticism in recent weeks for an apparent agreement with Google to block its customers from downloading Internet tethering software that lets users share their phone’s data connection with other devices. Reacting to reports of the restricted service, media reform group Free Press — one…

Schumer: Medicare benefit cuts are off the table

WASHINGTON – A key Senate Democrat said Monday that his party is willing to make a deal on reducing Medicare expenses but drew a hard line in the sand on benefit cuts as part of the debt limit negotiations. “We’re not going to go along with any cuts to beneficiaries…

U.N. study: $40 billion annual investment needed for global carbon reduction

NAIROBI (AFP) – Investing $40 billion annually in the forest sector is needed for the world to transition into a low carbon, resource-efficient green economy, according to a UN report released here Sunday. The additional investment “could halve deforestation rates by 2030, increase rates of tree planting by around 140…

Top GOP lawmaker refutes tea party claims about the debt ceiling

In an interview released by ABC News Monday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said that he had no reason to doubt Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s warning that the U.S would start defaulting on its obligations if the debt limit was not raised by Aug. 2. “Secretary Geithner feels August 2…

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