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St. Patrick’s Day flash mob erupts in Australia

Over a hundred dancers spread St. Patrick’s Day cheer in Sydney, Australia by performing an Irish dance. This video was uploaded to YouTube March 16, 2011.…

White-collar wiretaps can lead to legal challenges

NEW YORK, March 17 (Reuters Legal) – In the ongoing insider-trading trial of Raj Rajaratnam, the government is firing some potent missiles from its arsenal of 2,400 taped phone conversations. But in a related case, a federal judge recently rebuked investigators for their handling of a wiretap, showing this powerful…

Obama: ‘the promise that we made to the American people has been kept’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought to energize Democratic loyalists on Wednesday in a speech laying out themes of his coming 2012 re-election bid, saying he has met many of his promises “but we aren’t finished.” He gave an early version of his 2012 stump speech to a crowd…

Congress to buy more time for budget dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Congress is expected to buy itself more time on Thursday to work out a much-delayed budget deal as the costs of the stalemate are increasingly being felt across the globe. The Senate is expected to pass a sixth stopgap bill that would keep the government running…

Palin ‘due in Israel’ for private visit

JERUSALEM — Sarah Palin, darling of the US Republican right, is to arrive in Israel at the weekend for a “private visit” during which she will meet Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, media reports said on Thursday. A spokesman for the Israeli premier could not immediately confirm a report in the top-selling…

Weiner spars with Hannity, Bachmann in shouting match over budget

Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared Wednesday night on Fox News with Sean Hannity, and things sure got heated. In a seven-and-a-half minute segment filled with yelling and bitter sparring, Weiner took on the two staunch conservatives in an argument about the deficit, who’s responsible, and how…

U.S. shows growing alarm over Japan nuclear crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States showed increasing alarm about Japan’s nuclear crisis on Wednesday and urged its citizens to stay clear of an earthquake-crippled power plant, going further in its warnings than Japan itself. The State Department said the United States has chartered aircraft to help Americans leave Japan…

Worried Hawaiians rush for iodine supplements

HONOLULU – Hawaiians are rushing to get iodide pills to protect against radioactivity from a quake-crippled Japanese nuclear power plant, according to store owners on the Pacific island US state. While officials on Hawaii — 4,000 miles (6,500 kilometers) east of Japan — warned that taking potassium iodide could have…

US military computer networks vulnerable: general

WASHINGTON – The US military has made huge strides in hardening its computer networks against cyberattack but more remains to be done, the Pentagon’s top cyberwarrior said Wednesday. “I would give us today probably a ‘C,’ going up,” General Keith Alexander said when asked during a House Armed Services Committee…

Senator Lieberman: Iran seeks nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON – An influential US Senator said Wednesday after a closed-door, classified intelligence briefing on Iran that Tehran is working “seriously” to develop nuclear weapons. “I can’t say much in detail, but it’s pretty clear that they’re continuing to work seriously on a nuclear weapons program,” Independent Senator Joe Lieberman,…

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