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FBI arrests LulzSec suspect over Sony hacking

LOS ANGELES — The FBI on Thursday arrested a member of the LulzSec hacking group suspected over a cyberattack earlier this year on Japanese giant Sony, officials said. FBI agents arrested the suspect, named as Cody Kretsinger, 23, of Phoenix, Arizona, “without incident,” said US Attorney in Los Angeles Andre…

Ralph Nader: Palin should be commended

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader said Thursday on CNN that Sarah Palin should be commended for recent speeches in which she was critical of corporations’ influence on the government. “Judging by her comments, she is squarely in the camp of conservative populism, opposed to corporatism and its corporate state,” Nader previously…

Professor sues Pittsburgh for using sonic device at G-20 protest

A bystander who suffered permanent hearing loss after Pittsburgh police deployed a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) against protestors during the 2009 G-20 Summit has filed a federal lawsuit against the city. The device emits pain-inducing sounds to disperse crowds and is also deployed on American warships. Karen Piper, then…

Neil Armstrong says U.S. space program ‘embarrassing’

WASHINGTON — Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, told lawmakers Thursday that the end of the space shuttle era has left the American human spaceflight program in an “embarrassing” state. “We will have no American access to, and return from, low Earth orbit and the International…

Rep. Speier delivers eighth House speech on rape in the military

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) called on Congress to address the pervasive problem of sexual harassment and rape in the U.S. military for the eighth time on the House floor Thursday morning. “It is a black eye on this country that must be erased,” she said. “Nineteen thousand rapes a year…

Probe into porn shoot using LA fire trucks

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is investigating reports that porn filmmakers used two fire trucks to shoot explicit scenes with an X-rated movie actress, a spokesman said Thursday. Online reports included clips of an adult movie actress cavorting on one of the distinctive red trucks, showing…

Senators target China with currency bill

WASHINGTON — US senators unveiled legislation Thursday to punish China over its alleged currency manipulation, promising angry American voters to put an end to Beijing’s “economic murder” of US jobs. The measure aims to make it harder for the US Treasury Department to avoid labeling Beijing a currency cheat, triggering…

FBI probes markings on airline’s planes

LOS ANGELES — Southwest Airlines said Thursday it called in federal investigators to probe mysterious markings found on the fuselage of some of its planes. The markings are being treated as vandalism, and do not appear linked to “any known group or activity,” it said in a statement, after reports…

Nearly 1 in 4 young children now live in poverty in U.S.

The number of children living in poverty in the United States increased by 2.6 million since the recession began in 2007, bringing the total to an estimated 15.7 million poor children in 2010, according to researchers from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. The researchers estimate that…

Rep. Joe Walsh: Media protects Obama because he’s black

Tea party Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) thinks that the color of the president’s skin will play a big part in next year’s election. “[Y]ou see this administration playing class warfare and race warfare games,” Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell told Walsh during a recent interview. “Now, that’s their problem. But…

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