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White House warns Congress not to play politics with debt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama continues to oppose a short-term extension of the country’s debt ceiling, which he feels could lead to the U.S. credit rating being downgraded, the White House said on Saturday. “Congress should refrain from playing reckless political games with our economy. Instead, it should be…

Rahm Emanuel loses his temper with a reporter

Rahm Emanuel, current mayor of Chicago and former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, is notorious for his foul mouth and quick temper. Mary Ann Ahern, a reporter with NBC Chicago, pressed Emanuel about where his children would attend school in Chicago, which Emanuel was not too pleased to…

Oregon congressman accused of ‘unwanted sexual encounter’

Rep. David Wu (D-OR) is accused of an “aggressive, unwanted sexual encounter,” according to a report in The Oregonian. The young woman who called his office and left a voicemail sounded “distraught,” sources told the paper, and is the daughter of one of Wu’s close friends and campaign donors. Wu…

Boehner at White House for debt talks, despite dramatic walk-out Friday

Despite a dramatic announcement that he would no longer negotiate with the White House to hammer out a solution to the nation’s debt crisis, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is back at the White House Saturday morning. Yesterday, Boehner released a letter to his colleagues in the House, explaining that…

Obama urges anti-terror cooperation after Norway attack

US President Barack Obama offered condolences to Norway after deadly twin attacks and urged countries around the world to step up cooperation to combat terror. Speaking during a meeting with New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key, Obama called the attacks “a reminder that the entire international community has a stake…

U.S., New Zealand leaders bond on trade, security

The United States and New Zealand hailed new cooperation in a once frosty relationship as President Barack Obama called for work on a trans-Pacific trade deal by November. Obama welcomed New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to the White House on Friday, hours after deadly attacks stunned Norway — an…

Chicago trader missing since 1979 arrested in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – A former Chicago commodities broker who disappeared in suspicious circumstances in 1979, possibly fleeing the mob, was found working in a Las Vegas casino and arrested on fraud charges, court documents said on Friday. Arthur Gerald Jones, now 72, was found working as a sports book…

NY gears up for same-sex marriages

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Gay and lesbian couples across New York are gearing up to become bride and bride or groom and groom starting at a minute after midnight on Sunday, when a law making New York the sixth U.S. state to allow such marriages comes into effect. The expected…

Federal court employee from Texas found murdered in Mexico

EL PASO, Texas/CIUDAD JUAREZ. Mexico (Reuters) – A U.S. federal court interpreter from El Paso, Texas, has been found murdered in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s most violent city, U.S. and Mexican authorities said on Friday. Jorge Dieppa, a U.S. citizen, had worked for seven years as an interpreter at the U.S.…

Woman charged in penis assault held on $1 million bail

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Southern California woman accused of slicing off her husband’s penis with a kitchen knife and grinding it up in a garbage disposer was ordered held on $1 million bail on Friday. Catherine Kieu, 48, is charged with one count each of torture and aggravated mayhem…

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