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US orders Boeing tests after mid-air scare

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Federal Aviation Administration said it will order inspections of some 175 older Boeing 737s worldwide after a fuselage rupture forced a US regional flight into an emergency landing. The announcement came as Southwest Airlines said it had found cracks in three other planes after last…

Supreme Court rules against challenge to religious school aid

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday against a challenge to tax aid to religious schools in Arizona. In the 5 to 4 decision [PDF], the court ruled that taxpayers cannot challenge government scholarship programs that direct money to religious activities. The Supreme Court said the taxpayers who…

US anti-nuclear activists slam reprocessing plan

WASHINGTON – US anti-nuclear groups Monday condemned a project to build a plant where plutonium from weapons would be reprocessed into fuel for nuclear power plants, saying the plan was costly, dangerous and would benefit mainly the French group, Areva. A mixed-oxide, or MOX, plutonium reprocessing plant that is being…

US pulls out warplanes from Libya: Pentagon

WASHINGTON – The US military on Monday withdrew its fighter jets from the international air campaign in Libya, officials said, after NATO asked Washington to keep up bombing raids for another 48 hours. The United States had planned to halt combat missions and Tomahawk cruise missile launches at the weekend…

Psychologist behind Gitmo interrogations faces ethics complaint

On Wednesday, the New York State Supreme Court will consider whether the state must investigate an ethics complaint filed against a New York State-licensed psychologist and major in the U.S. Army who allegedly co-authored, implemented, and monitored an abusive interrogation program at Guantánamo Bay. The Center for Justice and Accountability…

Prop 8 plaintiffs targeted with antigay voice mails

A San Francisco man convicted of making threatening calls to then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi last year has been linked to antigay calls made to two plaintiffs in a case hoping to overturn California’s Proposition 8. Plaintiffs Sandra Stier and Kristin Perry received about 13 harassing messages during the…

After Maine’s governor removes labor mural, feds demand their money back

Whoops: The governor of Maine’s decision to remove a pro-labor mural from the state’s Department of Labor may cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, all because he wanted to “send a message.” Apparently unknown to Maine’s recently elected Republican governor, the mural targeted by his ire was initially paid…

Former Planned Parenthood supporter Mitt Romney seeks to defund the organization

WASHINGTON – Republican 2012 presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who came out Monday in favor of GOP efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, attended a fundraiser for the abortion provider in 1994. His wife, then a stay-at-home mom, donated to the group from their joint checking account that day. A photo from…

House Republicans propose deep cuts to Medicare

WASHINGTON – House Republicans will Tuesday unveil a long-term budget plan that essentially privatizes Medicare, a move that is sure to draw ire from progressives on Capitol Hill. The proposal, authored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), aims to cut $4 trillion in federal spending over ten years,…

With no degree and little expertise, Wisconsin Governor’s appointee pulls in big bucks

It’s good to be born to people who know people. That’s largely the perception many Wisconinites are taking away from this weekend’s revelation that the son of a major political donor to Republican Governor Scott Walker landed a very well-heeled post in the state’s Department of Commerce with apparent ease.…

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