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TSA gives invasive pat down to 8-year-old Oregon boy

An 8-year-old Oregon boy found himself being subjected to an invasive full-body pat down during a trip to Disneyland. Heather Sheahan told KGW that the TSA’s search of her son, Spencer, went too far. “They went up his leg into that area and down the next leg,” the mother explained.…

Police divers search for more NY serial killer victims

New York police divers scoured the gray waters near a popular beach as the search widened in a suspected serial killer case feared to have claimed up to 10 victims. Suffolk County police on Long Island closed off a stretch of scrub-covered bank leading down to the inlet at Hemlock…

Rick Santorum announces exploratory committee for president

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) announced Wednesday night that he will form an exploratory committee for the presidency in 2012, inching closer to declaring his candidacy. “Now, the only test for me is whether we can raise the money that’s necessary,” Santorum told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren. The Pennsylvania…

RNC chairman denies he ever repudiated ‘birthers’

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus gave an interview to US News & World Report in which he appeared to push back against Donald Trump and the so-called “birthers” — then later said the report describing his remarks was “inaccurate.” Priebus was paraphrased as telling the conspiracy theorists who believe…

Gates: Dramatic military cuts would have ‘catastrophic’ consequences

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Pentagon chief Robert Gates has warned that major cuts to US defense spending planned by President Barack Obama would require scaling back military forces, missions and capabilities. The Pentagon’s stern response came after Obama unveiled a deficit-reduction plan that includes a proposed cut of $400 billion in…

Obama proposes $4 trillion in deficit cuts

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama has unveiled a $4 trillion deficit reduction drive and savaged Republican plans that he said would reward the rich and fracture America’s social compact. Obama laid out his vision in a speech at George Washington University, aiming to prepare the ground for short-term…

Chinese man swindled migrants in ‘US army’ scam

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A Chinese man was arraigned on charges relating to his “recruitment” of Chinese men living in the United States into a fictitious US army unit. Yupeng Deng, 51, duped more than 100 Chinese immigrants into paying him to join a fake unit he called the “US…

Donald Trump’s presidential bid splits Republicans

NEW YORK (AFP) – Running on a populist message of isolationism and spite for President Barack Obama “the foreigner,” billionaire businessman Donald Trump is romping to early polling glory in the White House race. In less than a month, the 64-year-old known best for his multiple marriages, garish skyscrapers and…

US lawmakers seek to ban chimp experiments

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US lawmakers proposed bills Wednesday banning medical research on chimpanzees in the United States, the last major industrialized country to still use to the apes for experiments. “Scientists worldwide have halted chimpanzee experiments, because these intelligent creatures suffer immensely and are poor models for researching human diseases,”…

Filmmakers: Oil companies are like borderless countries

Scott Roberts and Jeremy Wagener, creators of the 2008 documentary GasHole, explained on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show on Wednesday that the amount of profits oil companies have been able to accumulate dwarfs the annual revenue of the United States government. According to the filmmakers, oil companies have been able…

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