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BP calls on U.S. to halt payments for oil spill damages

After approximately $4.5 billion paid out to victims of BP’s record-breaking Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the company is urging U.S. officials with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility to halt further compensation. Citing an improving Gulf coast economy, the British oil giant said in a 29-page letter (PDF) released to…

WATCH LIVE: Obama’s press conference on the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations

Watch live as President Obama addresses the media about the ongoing negotiations with House and Senate leaders on raising the debt ceiling, courtesy of MSNBC: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Pentagon center for brain injuries failing vets: GAO

The investigative arm of Congress has released a report saying that the Pentagon center for research about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other traumatic brain injuries is so dysfunctional that it hasn’t carried out its mission. A recent Government Accountability Office report on the Defense Centers for Excellence for Psychological Health…

Anti-LGBT rights group launches campaign to repeal New York marriage equality

An anti-gay rights group is furious at New York Republican lawmakers for helping to legalize same sex marriage in the state. A fundraising letter from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) announced that the group plans multiple rallies in New York to begin a campaign to repeal marriage equality, which…

St. Paul businesses failing in wake of Minn. gov’t. shutdown

By Gus Lubin Downtown St. Paul is suffering the Keynesian multiplier in reverse (via @obsoletedogma). Beyond the 22,000 public sector workers who are out of work during government shutdown, businesses that depend on government traffic have cut hours and laid off workers, according to the Star Tribune: Matt Kramer, president of the…

Stun gun found on JetBlue flight in Newark

A stun gun made it onto a JetBlue flight in Boston, and wasn’t discovered until a cleaning crew in Newark, NJ raised the alarm while cleaning up the plane. The plane was empty when the palm-sized device was found, and nobody was injured, but the question remains of how it…

Restaurant bans children younger than six

McDain’s Restaurant and Golf Center in Monroeville, Pennsylvania has banned children younger than six. Owner Mike Vuick says there’s “nothing wrong with babies, but the fact is you can’t control their volume.” Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast July 11, 2011. Watch the latest video at…

Rockets hit Baghdad Green Zone on Panetta visit

Three rockets slammed into Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone on Monday, wounding a woman and her three children, security officials said, as US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta began the second day of a visit. There was no report or indication the missiles had landed anywhere close to the US embassy inside…

Obama calls more talks to break U.S. debt impasse

US President Barack Obama convened a second consecutive day of crisis national debt talks Monday, but a polarized Washington appeared far from a deal to stave off a catastrophic default. Obama met Sunday evening with congressional leaders, including Republican House Speaker John Boehner, but 75 minutes of talks failed to…

Obama, lawmakers meet for 75 minutes on debt impasse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought on Sunday to break an impasse with Republicans on how to cut the deficit and avert a debt default in an unexpectedly brief meeting at the White House. The president’s gathering with leaders of both parties came a day after Republicans shied away…

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