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Google could be target of FTC antitrust probe: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Federal Trade Commission is considering an antitrust investigation of Google Inc’s dominance of the Web search industry, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing two people familiar with the matter. Before deciding whether to launch such an investigation, the FTC is waiting for the Justice Department to decide whether…

Rep. Paul Ryan proposes $6 trillion in spending cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Government spending would plummet by nearly $6 trillion over the coming decade under a Republican plan due to be unveiled on Tuesday, in a sharp contrast to President Barack Obama’s fiscal plan. The plan, crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, envisions a total spending cut…

Carnival singer Michel Martelly to become Haiti’s first post-quake president

by Clarens Renois PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – Michel Martelly, a carnival singer with a colorful past who seized the mantle of change, is Haiti’s new president after storming to a landslide victory, preliminary results showed. The 50-year-old faces the huge challenge of rebuilding the Caribbean nation, which was the poorest country…

Paul Ryan: GOP budget ‘saves’ Medicare (by gutting it)

In anticipation of the release of the House Republican 10-year budget plan Tuesday, its architect Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled a 3-minute video making the case for trillions in spending cuts, including drastic cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. “Our budget saves and strengthens these programs,” Ryan says in the video,…

Barry Bonds trial: Missing tape alleging steroid use found

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AFP) – In a last-minute twist in the Barry Bonds trial, prosecutors announced they had a recording of Bonds’ surgeon discussing Bonds and steroids with the slugger’s ex-business manager. Doctor Arthur Ting threw a wrench in the prosecution’s case last week when he denied ever having conversations…

US orders Boeing tests after mid-air scare

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Federal Aviation Administration said it will order inspections of some 175 older Boeing 737s worldwide after a fuselage rupture forced a US regional flight into an emergency landing. The announcement came as Southwest Airlines said it had found cracks in three other planes after last…

Supreme Court rules against challenge to religious school aid

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday against a challenge to tax aid to religious schools in Arizona. In the 5 to 4 decision [PDF], the court ruled that taxpayers cannot challenge government scholarship programs that direct money to religious activities. The Supreme Court said the taxpayers who…

US anti-nuclear activists slam reprocessing plan

WASHINGTON – US anti-nuclear groups Monday condemned a project to build a plant where plutonium from weapons would be reprocessed into fuel for nuclear power plants, saying the plan was costly, dangerous and would benefit mainly the French group, Areva. A mixed-oxide, or MOX, plutonium reprocessing plant that is being…

US pulls out warplanes from Libya: Pentagon

WASHINGTON – The US military on Monday withdrew its fighter jets from the international air campaign in Libya, officials said, after NATO asked Washington to keep up bombing raids for another 48 hours. The United States had planned to halt combat missions and Tomahawk cruise missile launches at the weekend…

Psychologist behind Gitmo interrogations faces ethics complaint

On Wednesday, the New York State Supreme Court will consider whether the state must investigate an ethics complaint filed against a New York State-licensed psychologist and major in the U.S. Army who allegedly co-authored, implemented, and monitored an abusive interrogation program at Guantánamo Bay. The Center for Justice and Accountability…

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