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Obama UN speech boosts rating in Israel: poll

JERUSALEM — US President Barack Obama’s speech to the United Nations last week has sent his popularity among formerly sceptical Israelis soaring, according to a poll published on Wednesday. The poll, in the English-language Jerusalem Post newspaper, showed 56 percent of respondents consider the Obama administration’s policies more beneficial to…

Clinton hopes Egypt emergency law lifted before June

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that she hoped that Egypt would lift its emergency law before June 2012, the date set by the new military rulers in Cairo. “We have encouraged and continue to encourage the government to lift the state of emergency,” Clinton said…

U.S. man charged over bid to give China defense info

WASHINGTON — A US man once employed as a guard at a US consulate in China has been charged with attempting to pass defense information to the government in Beijing, the US Justice Department said Wednesday. The new charge came in a superseding indictment for Bryan Underwood, 31, atop previous…

UAW union clinches 4-year contract with GM

DETROIT, Michigan — The United Auto Workers said Wednesday its members had approved a new four-year union contract with General Motors, marking a key step in the company’s post-bankruptcy restructuring. The $2 billion contract covers more than 48,000 workers at GM, adds 6,400 new jobs and is effective immediately, the…

Emerging markets offer lessons for U.S.: Bernanke

WASHINGTON — Emerging economies have important lessons like fiscal discipline and investment in education that the United States should re-learn, US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday. “Advanced economies like the United States would do well to re-learn some of the lessons from the experiences of the emerging-market economies,”…

Michigan bill would jail teachers who send political emails

The Republican-led Michigan House of Representatives is considering legislation that would prohibit public employees, such as teachers, from sending a political message using a publicly-owned email service. Violating the law would result in a $10,000 fine for an organization, and a $1,000 fine and one-year imprisonment for an individual. The…

Attorney: DDoS is not a crime

An attorney defending a homeless man alleged to be a member of the activist group “Anonymous” has filed an unusual defense, claiming that even if his client carried out a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Santa Cruz County computers, it would have simply been initiating a next-generation version…

FBI arrests man for remote controlled aerial bomb plot on D.C.

BOSTON, Massachusetts — A US man was arrested Wednesday on charges of planning to fly explosive-packed, remote controlled airplanes into the Pentagon and the Capitol in Washington, authorities said. Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, was arrested and charged with the aerial bombing plot and attempts to deliver bomb-making materials for use against…

Lesbian couple sues anti-gay NY town clerk for refusing to sign marriage license

Two women who wanted to get married in a small town in a rural New York town are suing the town clerk who refused to sign their marriage certificate because she believes homosexuality is a sin. The lawsuit will stand as a milestone test case in the wake of New…

Economist survey: Obama plan would halt recession, add or keep 275,000 jobs

In a recent survey of 34 economists, Bloomberg News found that most agreed with less-than-optimistic predictions about President Barack Obama’s jobs plan, saying it would essentially halt the recession and push the unemployment rate down, but just slightly. The $447 billion plan, achieved mostly through reforming the tax code to…

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