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Fla. lawmakers require drug tests for welfare recipients

A bill that would require all Florida welfare recipients to pass a drug test is on its way to the governor’s mansion, where it is expected to be signed into law immediately. Fla. lawmakers passed the bill Thursday, buoyed by strong support from Republicans and Gov. Rick Scott, who’s called…

Osama bin Laden’s death may end Afghanistan war sooner than planned

Word from the Obama administration is that with al Qaeda spiritual leader Osama bin Laden dead, U.S. forces may now have found the fast-track to exit the Afghan occupation. It won’t be easy, and it will require more than just political capital in the U.S., but unnamed officials tell The…

Bin Laden ‘not compliant,’ had ‘more than one’ weapon in bedroom: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Navy SEALs who led a raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound found an AK-47 and a pistol in his room, a US official told AFP, offering more details about the operation. “He had weapons in his room, more than one,” said the official, who spoke on…

Michael Moore: ‘We’ve lost something of our soul’ in bin Laden ‘execution’

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore told CNN’s Piers Morgan Thursday that there was no reason to celebrate the killing of Osama bin Laden. “We’ve lost something of our soul here in this country,” Moore said. “Something that separates us from other parts, other countries where we say everybody has their day…

244,000 jobs added in April, but unemployment rises to 9%

(Reuters) – U.S. employment increased more than expected in April as private companies created jobs at the fast pace in five years, pointing to underlying strength in the economy, even though the jobless rate rose to 9.0 percent. Nonfarm payrolls rose 244,000 last month, the most in 11 months, the…

Phoenix cop slams 15-year-old girl into concrete wall

A Phoenix police officer has been put on paid leave after video surfaced showing him body checking a 15-year-old girl into a concrete wall. The girl was reportedly drunk and had been fighting with her mother. “At face value, the video is concerning to us,” Sgt. Trent Crump said. The…

Native Americans upset at use of ‘Geronimo’ as bin Laden’s codename

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Prominent Native Americans are furious over the use of Apache leader Geronimo’s name in a message confirming the death of Osama bin Laden, and some have demanded an apology from President Barack Obama. In an operation last weekend, a team of elite US Navy SEALs announced that…

Al Qaeda was plotting rail attack for tenth anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Al Qaeda considered attacking the U.S. rail sector on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, U.S. government officials said on Thursday in describing intelligence from Osama bin Laden’s hide-out in Pakistan. They said some evidence was found indicating the al Qaeda leader or his associates…

Oil prices drop at fastest rate in two years amid rapid sell-off

LONDON (AFP) – The plunge in oil prices accelerated on Friday, as dealers became nervous about the release of US jobs data later in the day, analysts said. Both main global contracts had posted gains in the morning as bargain hunters stepped in following Thursday’s sell-off that saw New York…

Ron Paul jokes: ‘I don’t want to use heroin’ so I need drug laws

Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who are both libertarian-leaning Republicans, defended drug legalization during the Fox News presidential debate on Thursday night. When questioned about why social conservatives should support him, Paul said they should vote for him because his defense of liberty includes…

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