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Arizona Republican mulls run for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ seat

Arizona State Senator Frank Antenori (R) officially announced Monday afternoon that he was considering to run for Gabrielle Giffords’ seat in Congress — but only if the three-term congresswoman was not running for reelection. “I really hope for the best for her,” Antenori said. “If she able to run and…

Stocks rally on hopes of economic growth

NEW YORK — US stocks surged strongly on Tuesday, boosted by growing hopes the US Federal Reserve will offer new stimulus measures to kick-start a sluggish economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average packed on 322.11 points (2.97 percent) to finish at 11,176.76. The broader S&P 500 leaped 38.53 points (3.43…

Bank of America stock falls on denial of CCB sale

NEW YORK — Disappointment that Bank of America would not jettison its entire $17 billion stake in a major Chinese bank in order to boost its own capital sent its shares tumbling Tuesday. BofA shares dropped nearly two percent — against an overall rally in stock markets — after news…

Judge rules warrant required to obtain cell phone location data

A federal judge in Brooklyn ruled Monday that the federal government must establish probable cause and secure a warrant before obtaining records about a cell phone user’s location, saying it violated the Fourth Amendment’s protections against unreasonable searches, according to the New York Law Journal. “While the government’s monitoring of…

Top Romney adviser campaigned for Marxist Islamic terrorist group

One of former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney’s (R) top foreign policy advisers became the subject of a report by Salon on Tuesday for his links to a group of Iranian terrorists who were responsible for killing Iranian civilians and U.S. citizens during the 1970s. Known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization,…

Quake sensors removed around Virginia nuke plant due to budget cuts

A nuclear power plant that was shut down after an earthquake struck central Virginia Tuesday had seismographs removed in 1990s due to budget cuts. U.S. nuclear officials said that the North Anna Power Station, which has two nuclear reactors, had lost offsite power and was using diesel generators to maintain…

National Cathedral damaged in earthquake

The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. suffered damage during Tuesday’s 5.9-magnitude earthquake centered near Richmond, Virginia. A spokesman told the Associated Press that at least three of the four pinnacles — the stones at the top of the spires — on the center spire have fallen off and that the…

Greenpeace finds toxic chemicals in top brand name clothes

Traces of toxic chemicals harmful to the environment and to human health have been detected in products made by 14 top clothing manufacturers, Greenpeace said Tuesday. Samples of clothing from top brands including Adidas, Uniqlo, Calvin Klein, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Converse and Ralph Lauren were found to be…

Perry holds record on executions: report

Advocates against capital punishment will not find an ally in Rick Perry anytime soon. The Washington Post has reported that the Texas governor holds the record for most executions ever for a governor, and by a large margin. Perry has presided over 234 executions, increasing Texas’ reputation by far as…

5.9 magnitude quake rattles east coast, causing evacuations in DC

One of the strongest earthquakes to strike the US east coast in decades rattled offices Tuesday in downtown Washington and caused panicked evacuations from skyscrapers as far away as New York. The Pentagon, the US Capitol and Union Station in the nation’s capital were all evacuated after the 5.9-magnitude quake,…

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