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Mitt Romney officially enters 2012 presidential race

STRATHAM, New Hampshire (AFP) – Republican hopeful Mitt Romney officially entered the 2012 White House race Thursday, urging a radical change of economic course and accusing President Barack Obama of failing America. The 64-year-old former Massachusetts governor made his announcement at a farm in the state of New Hampshire, one…

High ranking group urges an end to drug prohibition

A panel of former high ranking world officials issued a report Thursday calling for an end to the global war on drugs and a move toward policies that treat addiction as a health problem instead of as crime. The group, calling themselves the Global Commission on Drug Policy, includes the…

Ohio GOP House Speaker’s Twitter account hacked

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) isn’t the only politician to fall victim to a prank on Twitter recently. Ohio state Republican House Speaker William G. Batchelder found out Monday that his Twitter account had also been hacked. Mike Dittoe, communication director for the House Republican caucus, told The Columbus Dispatch that…

Boehner: Debt limit hike ‘needs to be done’ in June

WASHINGTON – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told reporters that the U.S. debt limit must be increased in the month of June, warning that delay could negatively impact financial markets. “This really needs to be done over the next month if we are serious about no brinksmanship and no rattling…

Fmr. McCain strategist: GOP ‘reality show’ a ‘mosaic of nonsense’

Steve Schmidt, the former campaign adviser to 2008 Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), told a CNN host on Thursday that the current Republican field of 2012 candidates is little more than a “reality show” presenting a “mosaic of nonsense” that serious candidates have to contend with. “In there…

Palin slams DREAM Act during Ellis Island visit

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin celebrated her visit to Ellis Island Wednesday by attacking legislation that would give undocumented children a chance to stay in the country. Ellis Island is “one of the symbols of course of our country, and it’s a reminder too that immigrants built this…

Medical marijuana superstore opens in Arizona

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Some local wags are calling it the “Wal-Mart of Weed” or “Home DePot.” Seeking to capitalize on Arizona’s newly enacted medical marijuana law, a California-based company on Wednesday opened a superstore-sized garden center in Phoenix catering to those who want to grow their own cannabis. “We sell…

Conservative think tank: Herman Cain’s rise proves the tea party is not racist

WASHINGTON – Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain’s rise in the Republican primary polls refutes charges of racism within the tea party movement, the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute argued Thursday. “The [tea party] movement is, in the mind of many in the Democratic Party and liberal organizations, rooted…

Sony finishes restoring PlayStation Network services

TOKYO (AFP) – Sony has restored PlayStation Network services everywhere except Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea, after being targeted in a massive online attack, the company said on Thursday. Users in the Americas and Europe and much of Asia are able to buy and download games online. Sony Network…

Man recovers computer using built-in security system

With all the stories of malicious hackers breaking through costly computer security, it’s nice to know there are still some dumb thieves out there. Here, computer security worked as it was designed this week after a cab driver was arrested for stealing a man’s Macintosh computer. Using the security system,…

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