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Hurricane Irene could devastate New York City for ‘weeks or months’

Depending numerous factors, it could take New York City “weeks or months” to return to normal if the densely-populated city suffers a direct hit from Hurricane Irene. Areas of the city are only a few feet above sea level, making it particularly vulnerable to flooding. The hurricane is expected to…

Apple shares fall slightly after Jobs resignation

NEW YORK — Apple shares fell only slightly on Wall Street on Thursday as investors digested the stunning announcement of the resignation of the company’s co-founder and visionary Steve Jobs. Shares in the Cupertino, California-based gadget-maker shed 0.65 percent to close at $373.72 after having dropped as much as 5.3…

Amnesty International sets up Twitter account mocking Dick Cheney

The human rights organization Amnesty International has set up a Twitter account named “Cheney’s Conscience” that mocks the former vice president and links to a petition calling on U.S. Attorney General Holder to open a torture investigation. “Is it Friday yet?! Who knew whitewashing #torture would be this hard?” a…

Jon Huntsman: Shared sacrifice needed in this country

Republican presidential candidate and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said Thursday on PBS NewsHour that “people at all levels” would have sacrifice to repair America’s budget problems. “Whether it’s recognizing that Medicare is going to be done a little differently; Social Security is going to be done a little differently,”…

JPMorgan fined for contravening Iran, Cuba sanctions

WASHINGTON — JPMorgan Chase Bank has been fined $88.3 million for contravening US sanctions against regimes in Iran, Cuba and Sudan, and the former Liberian government, the US Treasury Department announced Thursday. The Treasury said that the bank had engaged in a number of “egregious” financial transfers, loans and other…

U.S. government recovers nearly $900 million in TARP bailout

WASHINGTON — The US Treasury said Thursday it had recovered nearly $900 million during the first six months of the year in taxpayer money used to bail out the banking system during the financial crisis. The Treasury said it had received more than $886 million by June 30 from the…

Leaked cable: Incognito U.S. diplomat probed China tiger farm

WASHINGTON — A US diplomat disguised himself as a Korean tourist to probe a tiger farm in China where he voiced alarm at conditions that included whippings of the endangered big cats, a leaked memo said. An internal US diplomatic cable, released by the activist anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, questioned the…

Poll: Obama, GOP disapproval ratings hit record highs

New polling data from the Pew Research Center shows that President Barack Obama’s disapproval rating has reached a record high of 49 percent, up 7 percent since Feb. The Republican Party, meanwhile, is doing even worse: data shows their disapproval rating up to 59 percent, an increase of 11 percent…

‘Mein Kampf’ tattoo ignites firestorm for Boston PBS station

WGBH, a public media hub in Boston, is drawing unwanted attention after choosing to put the subject of a Frontline documentary — and the “Mein Kampf” tattoo on his forearm — on the cover of their August member magazine, distributed to 150,000 members of the station. David Nash appears in…

Americans blame Bush for economic woes: poll

Americans blame the 33rd president, George W. Bush, for the state of the economy more than they blame President Barack Obama, results of an AP-GfK poll released Thursday showed. While 31 percent of those surveyed blame Obama, the majority — 51 percent — pointed at Bush as the reason for…

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