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Consumer spending up for eighth consecutive month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending rose for an eighth straight month in February as households tapped savings to cover higher food and energy prices. Spending rose 0.7 percent in February after a 0.3 percent increase in January, and inflation accelerated at its fastest pace since June 2009, the Commerce Department said on Monday. Adjusted…

Government shutdown looms as budget deadline nears with little progress

WASHINGTON – With just 11 days left to break the stalemate and strike a budget deal with President Barack Obama, Congress on Monday faced the growing prospect of a government shutdown as negotiations had borne little fruit. Neither party has the patience to continue funding the government in few-week increments,…

Former Obama spox Gibbs in talks with Facebook

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook, the social networking giant, is seeking to hire former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs for a senior post, The New York Times reported. The newspaper reported on its website late on Sunday that Facebook is looking at Gibbs, once one of President Barack Obama’s closest aides, to help manage communications in advance of…

Raw Story exclusive: Willie Nelson’s prosecutor wants to see marijuana decriminalized

The Texas county attorney who’s letting musician Willie Nelson plea his marijuana charge down to a fee and a song told Raw Story in an exclusive interview that he wishes authorities could just drop the criminal penalties for pot altogether and make getting busted more like getting a parking ticket.…

Biden staff apologizes for keeping reporter in closet

Vice President Joe Biden’s communication team had to make an unusual apology last week for forcing a reporter to stay in closet. During a fundraiser at the Florida home of Alan Ginsburg, Biden’s staff escorted Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers to a closet and asked him to stay there. “Turns…

Huckabee leads Republicans for president: poll

BOSTON (Reuters) – Mike Huckabee holds a small lead in the field of potential Republican presidential candidates, while Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin have slipped, according to a Gallup Poll released on Friday. Gallup’s survey of 1,000 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents taken on March 18-22 put support for former Arkansas…

Obama tax credit will support 1 million workers: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A plan to expand and make permanent a popular research tax credit will support 1 million workers, the Obama administration said in a report it released on Friday. “The credit is a significant incentive to conduct research that would not otherwise be performed here in the U.S.,”…

Obama gears up for hard sell on Libya

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama prepared Monday to give a prime-time address to the nation aimed at winning the support of a war-weary American public for the military intervention in Libya. After inheriting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning president finds himself embroiled in yet…

Super Glue inventor dies at 94

Harry Welsey Coover Jr., the inventor of Super Glue, died at home in Kingsport, Tenn. Sunday, the Associated Press reports. He was 94 years old. He invented Super Glue in 1942, as a result of a laboratory accident. Coover was experimenting with making different clear plastics for gun sights at…

Cobra escapes Bronx Zoo exhibit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Bronx Zoo closed its reptile house exhibit over the weekend after workers discovered a highly poisonous Egyptian cobra was missing from its enclosure. The snake’s disappearance prompted zoo officials to immediately shut down the reptile house late Friday until further notice “out of an abundance…

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