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Chris Christie: ‘Climate change is real’

Add another prominent figure to the short list of Republicans believing in climate change . According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, governor Chris Christie joined Presidential candidate Jon Hunstman in coming out in full support of the issue. “Climate change is real,” Christie told reporters. “Human activity plays a role…

Strauss-Kahn accuser might drop case for cash payment

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lawyers for the woman who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault have explored a deal in which they would scuttle the criminal case in exchange for a monetary settlement in the civil lawsuit, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.…

Three men convicted of killing cub scouts walk free 20 years later

Three US men convicted as teenagers of kidnapping, torturing and mutilating three eight-year-old Cub Scouts were set free on Friday after serving nearly 20 years in jail. The “West Memphis Three” — Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley — were convicted in a 1994 trial marked by local hysteria…

Dems among top spots on list of 50 wealthiest in Congress

The old cliche of Republicans holding all the money isn’t necessarily true today: D.C. political publication Roll Call published their annual list of the 50 richest members of Congress Friday, and seven Democrats are in the list’s top 10 slots. Overall, 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats made the list. Rep.…

Open mic catches Bank of America official vowing to ‘help’ Perry

In what looked like a covert lobbying effort, a top Bank of America official brushed past Gov. Rick Perry (R) during a New Hampshire business breakfast on Wednesday, shook his hand and uttered the words, “Bank of America, we will help you out,” before walking away as if nothing had…

White House hopeful Huntsman scores on Twitter

WASHINGTON — Former US China envoy and Republican White House hopeful Jon Huntsman, lagging in public opinion polls, has scored big on Twitter with a shot at a rival’s dismissive comments about evolution and global warming. “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call…

Bachmann’s ex-boyfriend: She made me ‘memorize’ Bible verses

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Brian Glenn, Michele Bachmann’s ex-boyfriend who dated the presidential candidate when she was fresh out of high school, said that the woman in the media today is largely the same woman he once knew. “In order for her to go out with me then,…

Nestle offers ice-cream treat for lactose-intolerant dogs

GENEVA — Swiss food giant Nestle said Friday that it has a treat in store for dogs keen for an ice-cream to cool down in the summer heat. Its so-called Frosty Paws ice-cream, are “specially formulated for dogs, who are lactose intolerant and cannot digest dairy products such as regular…

White House marks World Humanitarian Day

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday honored relief workers from Somalia to Sudan and Afghanistan to Yemen to mark the third United Nations-sponsored World Humanitarian Day. “The United States joins with the international community in honoring the courage and commitment of dedicated aid workers like these who devote their…

Iraq agrees to extend U.S. military role: Panetta

WASHINGTON — Iraq has agreed to keep American troops in Iraq beyond a year-end deadline for their withdrawal, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday. “My view is that they finally did say, ?Yes,’” Panetta said in an interview with Stars and Stripes and the Military Times. Iraqi political leaders…

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