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Racists plague New York Fire Department, court told

NEW YORK — The storied New York Fire Department was accused Monday of being plagued by racism against its tiny minority of black firefighters. The start of the third week of a federal discrimination trial saw a representative for one of the lead plaintiffs — the Vulcan Society for black…

U.S. ‘deeply troubled’ by new Israeli settlements

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday that Israel’s decision to build nearly 300 new homes in the occupied West Bank is “deeply troubling,” and contradict efforts to revive peace talks with the Palestinians. “We have seen… reports of this approval for apartments in the West Bank. We consider it…

Study explains coffee’s anti-cancer effect

WASHINGTON — Coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of skin cancer by helping kill off damaged cells that could otherwise turn into tumors, according to a US study published on Monday. The findings indicate that moderate caffeine drinking, or perhaps even applying coffee to the skin, could be…

Police search for thieves who stole Rembrandt drawing

LOS ANGELES — Police were on the lookout Monday for two people suspected in the theft of a Rembrandt drawing from a luxury hotel in the California beachfront resort of Marina del Rey, Los Angeles police said. “The Judgment,” a pen and ink drawing with an estimated value of $250,000,…

Texas man bites woman, ‘confesses’ to being 500-year-old vampire after arrest

A Texas man claiming to be a vampire faces felony charges after breaking into a woman’s home and biting her early Saturday morning, the Galveston County Daily News reported. “I’m a vampire and I’ve been alive for over 500 years,” he told the the Galveston Police Department after being arrested.…

Revealed: Public utility company paid $5,000 for dinner with Gov. Perry

A public utility company in San Antonio, Texas was caught recently making a political donation to the state’s Republican Party, in exchange for a ticket to a fundraising dinner that was attended by Gov. Rick Perry and other top officials. The donation came from CPS Energy, the public electric utility…

‘It’s going to be Hillary Clinton in 2016′: former PA gov

The 2012 election may not have been decided yet, but one man already knows who his 2016 candidate will be. “It’s going to be Hillary Clinton in 2016,” former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell told the New York Post. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is already rumored as a candidate,…

Gorbachev says Bush warned him of ’91 coup

The last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, said Monday that former US president George H.W. Bush had warned him about his safety a few weeks before Communist hardliners staged their August 1991 coup. The ex-Soviet president and Nobel Peace Prize winner said on the eve of the failed plot’s 20th anniversary…

Obama dodges medical marijuana question in Minnesota

President Barack Obama sidestepped a question about medical marijuana legalization at a town hall event in Cannon Falls, Minnesota Monday. “If you can’t legalize marijuana, why can’t you just legalize medical marijuana?” a woman asked the president. “A lot of states are making decisions about medical marijuana,” Obama explained. “As…

U.S. committed to Taiwan: White House

A White House official pledged Monday that the United States will remain committed to Taiwan’s defense after a report said that Washington has rejected the island’s pitch to buy F-16 fighter jets. A day before Vice President Joe Biden heads to China, President Barack Obama’s administration said it stood by…

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