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Rep. Weiner tells friends he will resign: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Representative Anthony Weiner has told friends he is stepping down after an Internet sex scandal, The New York Times reported on Thursday. Fellow congressional Democrats have pressured him to quit the House of Representatives and spare the party further embarrassment after he admitted sending lewd photos of himself to a number of women. (Reporting by Daniel…

House Republicans look to pull funding for net neutrality

Money earmarked for the enforcement of net neutrality policies may not make it to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this year, if House Republicans have their way. In an appropriations bill (PDF) which cleared the House Appropriations Committee yesterday, blocking out funds for financial services and government operations, legislative language specifically…

Entertainment industry rolls out support for Protect IP Act

WASHINGTON – Screenwriters who have shaped television programs such as The Late Show With David Letterman, CBS Radio News, How I Met Your Mother and Law & Order told a roomful of Capitol Hill staffers on Tuesday that a clampdown on Internet piracy would be consistent with the principles of…

Hockey fans riot in Vancouver

After losing the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins Wednesday, fans of the Vancouver Canucks took to the streets to riot. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson called the riots “absolutely disgraceful and shameful.” Watch this video from ABC’s Good Morning America, uploaded June 16, 2011. Watch this video on iPhone/iPad Watch…

Poll: Facebook users have more friends, political views

WASHINGTON (AFP) – According to a poll published on Thursday by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, Facebook users are more trusting, have more close friends and are more politically engaged. The survey of 2,255 American adults found that Facebook members who use the site multiple times…

Texas death row inmate wins 11th-hour reprieve

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court has granted a reprieve to a prisoner on death row in Texas just an hour before he was due to be executed for killing three teenagers in their home 13 years ago. The highest US court said Wednesday it halted the lethal proceedings in…

Citigroup doubles number of accounts it said were hacked

NEW YORK (AFP) – US banking giant Citigroup had told its clients that about 360,000 credit cards were affected by a computer hacking attack last month — nearly twice the number previously acknowledged. Citigroup said late Wednesday that the security breach had compromised a total of 360,083 North America Citi-branded…

U.S. senators press Obama on Afghan withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A group of 25 US senators, almost all Democrats, released a letter urging President Barack Obama to carry out a “sizable and sustained reduction” of US forces in Afghanistan in July. Obama promised 18 months ago — when he announced a troop surge to push back the…

Obama insists Libya action legal

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama insisted that the current US military action in Libya was legal, rejecting rising criticism from Congress over the goals and justification of the operation. In a 30-page report to lawmakers, the White House argued that US participation in the NATO-led assault on Moamer Kadhafi’s…

WikiLeaks grand jury witness David House refuses to testify, invokes Fifth Amendment

WASHINGTON — A friend of Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of leaking classified files to WikiLeaks, said he declined to answer questions at a grand jury hearing. Prosecutors, who have not given up bringing charges against the whistle-blower website’s founder Julian Assange, had subpoenaed David House to testify before…

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