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Warning agencies to prep for shutdown, Obama digs in on budget war

WASHINGTON (AFP) – An impatient President Barack Obama is in a high-stakes battle to clinch a budget deal and avert a government shutdown by Friday’s deadline, but his dramatic intervention failed to break the deadlock. Obama upped the ante after he met top Republican and Democratic leaders at the White…

‘Ageing’ Obama seeks new zest from supporters

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama admitted he had lost some of his youthful zest, but called on his grass-roots army to lift him to a second term in the White House. Obama also said on a conference call that his “day job” battling global crises from the slow economic…

Mexican police arrest cartel member in probe of U.S. customs agent’s murder

MEXICO CITY (AFP) – Mexican police have captured a member of the Zetas drug cartel who allegedly participated in a February attack on US customs agents that left one dead, officials said. Jose Manuel Garcia Soto was arrested on Saturday in the northern state of San Luis Potosi, the Secretariat…

Recount? Wisconsin Supreme Court race still too close to call

With over 99 percent of precincts reporting, the Wisconsin Supreme Court race still too close to call. Conservative incumbent David Prosser had 733,074 votes (50 percent) and liberal challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg had 732,489 votes (50 percent) with 3596 of 3630 precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press. Prosser has held…

Police link 8 more murders to US serial killer case

LOS ANGELES – Police said Tuesday they have identified eight more women they believe may have been murdered by a serial killer who terrorized Los Angeles for years known as the “Grim Sleeper.” Los Angeles police department sources said that chief Charlie Beck on Tuesday would release photos of new…

US judge tosses $625 million award against Apple

WASHINGTON – A US District Court judge in Texas has tossed out a $625.5 million damages award against Apple in a patent infringement case involving a document management and display system. Judge Leonard Davis of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler, Texas, vacated the…

No plans to suspend military aid to Yemen: US

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon said Tuesday there were no plans to suspend US military assistance to Yemen but urged a swift transition of power amid a wave of anti-regime protests. Asked at a news conference if the US administration was considering withholding military aid due to unrest and violence against…

Fed planning end to ultra-low interest rates

WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve is planning how to end years of ultra-loose monetary policy in the face of a building US recovery and looming inflation fears, minutes from the latest policy meeting show. Amid concern that sustained unrest in oil producing nations might spark entrenched inflation, minutes from the…

Libya rebels slam NATO over besieged city’s plight

BENGHAZI, Libya – Libyan rebels hit out at the NATO-led air mission on Tuesday saying that it was failing in its UN mandate to protect civilians in the besieged third city of Misrata. The accusation came as the rebels sustained their first significant loss of territory to Moamer Kadhafi’s forces…

Texas House budget requires public colleges to advocate heterosexuality

The Texas House approved a budget Sunday that includes a provision requires public colleges and universities with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) resource centers to spend an equal amount of state funds promoting “family and traditional values.” Republican Rep. Wayne Christian’s budget amendment was approved 110 to 24 by…

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