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Watch: Iowa voter tells Bachmann about her ‘wild-eyed’ Newsweek photo

A voter in Iowa Monday was the first to inform Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann that a less-than-flattering photo of her had graced the cover of Newsweek magazine. “Have you seen it yet?” the voter asked. “I have not,” Bachmann replied. “It’s a big close-up of you, a wild-eyed photo…

Long work hours linked to alcohol abuse

Long working hours can more than triple the risk of alcohol abuseand addiction, New Zealand research has found. An Otago University study of more than 1,000 people aged 25-30 found a statistically significant link between the amount of hours worked and alcohol abuse. “Individuals working 50 or more hours per week had rates of alcohol-related problems that…

HSBC to sell credit card business

HSBC said Tuesday it is in talks to sell its United States credit card and retail services business as the global banking giant shifts focus to fast-growing markets, particularly in Asia. The lender has unveiled massive cost-cutting measures in recent months, including plans to save up to $3.5 billion by 2013…

Moody’s: U.S. still as sound as AAA-rated countries

NEW YORK — The United States remains on a fiscal footing that is as solid as other AAA-rated countries, the Moody’s ratings agency said Monday, in a retort to last week’s downgrade by its rival Standard & Poor’s. “Relative to other large AAA-rated governments, the US debt position is somewhat…

Philadelphia imposes ‘flash mob’ curfew

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia announced Monday a nighttime curfew for minors in its historic downtown in an attempt to stop flash mob invasions by rampaging teenagers. The measure was the latest effort to secure a city famous as the site of the signing of the US Declaration of Independence and drafting…

Poll: 62 percent say debt ceiling deal benefits the rich and hurts the poor

Sixty-two percent of Americans think the bill that raises the federal’s debt ceiling through the year 2013 and makes major cuts in government spending benefits the rich at the expense of the poor and middle class, according to a CNN/ORC poll released on Monday. President Barack Obama signed a debt…

Education secretary slams No Child Left Behind

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan blasted the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 on Monday after the White House announced that it would allow states to opt-out of the law. “The law No Child Left Behind as it currently stands is four years overdue for being rewritten,” he…

NASA funds 30 new space research projects

WASHINGTON — The US space agency announced funding for 30 new space projects Monday, including ways to protect astronauts from deep-space radiation, eliminate space debris and improve spacesuit technology. Each of the proposals will get $100,000 in funding for a one-year period as part of NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC),…

Return of dead U.S. troops closed to media: officials

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Monday that a ceremony marking the return of 30 US troops killed in Afghanistan would be closed to the media because their remains have yet to be identified. President Barack Obama lifted a blanket ban on media coverage of the return of dead soldiers in…

Southern states break U.S. heat record

WASHINGTON — The southern United States in July endured the hottest single month ever recorded in any climate region nationwide, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. The federal body’s southern region — Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas — saw average temperatures of 86.1 degrees Fahrenheit (30…

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