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Cain takes lead in Republican nomination race: poll

WASHINGTON — Former pizza executive Herman Cain has vaulted to the lead of Republican presidential contenders in a national poll released Wednesday. The new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll gave Cain, known for blunt talk and his succinct “9-9-9″ tax-slashing plan, 27 percent of likely Republican primary voters. It was…

Eight killed in California hair salon shooting

LOS ANGELES — Eight people were killed and one remained in critical condition after a gunman opened fire in a packed hair salon in a small California beach town, police said. The suspected gunman, a white male, was arrested a short time later about half a mile away from the…

Buffett challenges Murdoch to disclose tax details

WASHINGTON — US mega-billionaire Warren Buffett challenged other wealthy Americans, including News Corp magnate Rupert Murdoch, to bare their income and tax details when he revealed his own in a letter. In the letter to a congressman, Buffett, the world’s third richest man, said he earned a total of $62.8…

BP, Transocean, Halliburton cited for violations

WASHINGTON — The US government slapped BP, Transocean and Halliburton with citations for violating oil industry regulations in what is expected to lead to massive fines for the deadly 2010 oil spill. The decision to also cite BP’s subcontractors could strengthen the British energy giant’s legal case for recovering some…

Tiananmen protest leader thrilled by ‘Occupy Boston’ demonstration

Chai Ling, former commander-in-chief of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student movement, on Wednesday visited “Occupy Boston” protesters to provide them with encouragement. “Without pressure to provide a public space for these protests to continue, the movement will not be sustained,” she said in a statement. “This lack of organization also…

Obama general counsel: Citizens United ruling a radical departure from law

Robert Bauer, general counsel for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, said Monday that the anti-election reform movement had picked up speed since the enactment of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law in 2002. “I’m very troubled that there is an extremism in the opposition to reform, a sort of reckless and…

Four ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protestors arrested

NEW YORK — New York police arrested four people Wednesday during an Occupy Wall Street rally outside a skyscraper housing JP Morgan Chase bank. About 100 people took part in the protest, chanting “we are 99 percent” and “tax the rich!” The protest quickly dispersed after the arrests, an AFP…

Ron Paul to meet French far-right nationalist leader

WASHINGTON — Republican Representative and presidential hopeful Ron Paul aims to meet with the head of France’s far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, during her upcoming U.S. visit, his office said Wednesday. “Madame Le Pen has requested a meeting and Congressman Paul has agreed to a meeting, if he…

Some Fed policymakers want more stimulus

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve policymakers viewed the US economy’s outlook as particularly clouded, and some wanted to ramp up large-scale asset purchases, according to the minutes of their last meeting published Wednesday. “Participants saw considerable uncertainty surrounding the outlook for a gradual pickup in economic growth,” the minutes of the…

U.S. death toll from cantaloupe rises to 23

WASHINGTON — An outbreak of listeria in farm-grown cantaloupes has killed 23 people and sickened 116 more in the United States since late July, health authorities said Wednesday. A woman who was pregnant and fell ill with listeriosis after eating a contaminated cantaloupe has also miscarried, the Centers for Disease…

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