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Americans spent 8 billion hours volunteering in 2010

NEW YORK, Aug 10 (Reuters Life!)- More than 60 million Americans volunteered 8.1 billion hours of their services in 2010 in work valued at nearly $173 billion, according to a new report. Whether it is tutoring and mentoring students, fundraising, job training or assisting during natural disasters, volunteers have contributed…

Ohio serial killer sentenced to death

A jury recommended the death penalty for a serial killer who kept the decomposing bodies of 11 women in his Ohio home and yard for more than two years. The jury deliberated over Anthony Sowell’s fate for seven hours before giving its verdict, which will be examined by a judge…

Obama remembers 9/11 at Iftar dinner

US President Barack Obama remembered the dead of the “awful” September 11 attacks in 2001, including Muslim Americans, as he marked the holy month of Ramadan at an Iftar dinner. The president launched what will be a solemn series of events to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks by…

News Corp. board backs Murdoch after hacking scandal

SAN FRANCISCO — Rupert Murdoch claimed boardroom backing to remain at the helm of News Corp. as he worked to shift attention from the phone-hacking scandal to his media behemoth’s healthy bottom line. “The job won’t be open in the near future,” the 80-year-old media mogul quipped when asked during…

Arizona appeals court ruling on immigration law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Arizona Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal and overturn a ruling that put on hold key parts of the state’s tough law cracking down on illegal immigrants. The law, signed by Republican Governor Jan Brewer in April 2010, requires police to check the…

White House denies leaking classified info for bin Laden raid film

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Moviemakers producing a film about the U.S. special forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden are getting help from the Pentagon, but the Obama administration dismissed concerns on Wednesday that classified information has been divulged. The film, focusing on one of President Barack Obama’s key successes in…

Scores of police brutality cases prompt federal investigations

Fatal police shootings and beatings, and allegations of torture to coerce confessions have lead the U.S. Department of Justice to launch investigations into local law enforcement across the country. There were 52 criminal civil rights cases brought against law enforcement officers by the Justice Department last year, the highest amount…

Poll: 79 percent of Americans dissatisfied with U.S. political system

Poll after poll has found that Americans are extremely disillusioned with the federal government, regardless of their political affiliation, after the president signed an agreement over the federal debt ceiling and budget deficit. According to a Washington Post poll released on Wednesday, just 21 percent of Americans are satisfied with…

U.S. budget gap shrinks for fourth month running

WASHINGTON — The United States notched up a fourth straight month of declining deficits in July compared with a year ago, according to official data released Wednesday. The US government’s budget shortfall for the month was $129.4 billion, a decline of 22 percent from July 2010, the Treasury Department said.…

Bank of America ‘much better’ now: CEO

NEW YORK — Bank of America is in a better position now than during the financial crisis, chief executive Brian Moynihan said Wednesday, trying to reassure investors after sharp losses in the share price. “The fundamentals are so much better in our country and in our company and in our…

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