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U.S. watchdog suspects leaks at ratings agency

WASHINGTON — The internal procedures of one of the world’s top three ratings agencies appear to allow leaks of its decisions, according to a report by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). At one of the larger agencies, “the procedures for disseminating a pending rating action appeared to allow…

WATCH LIVE: GOP candidates speak at CPAC

Watch this live video from the Conservative Political Action Conference, broadcast Sept. 23, 2011.…

U.S. ready to arm Philippines amid China tension

WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday it was ready to provide hardware to modernize the military of the Philippines, which vowed to “stand up to aggressive action” amid rising tension at sea with China. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, on a visit to Washington, said the Philippines hoped to…

Gore: Obama has ‘failed’ to call for ‘bold action’ on climate change

Former Vice President Al Gore, one of the leading advocates of using public policy to combat climate change, calls out President Barack Obama for failing to call for “bold action” on the issue in a lengthy essay published Wednesday by Rolling Stone. Though critical of Obama, Gore gives him credit…

Wal-Mart gender discrimination decision could change rules for class action suits

The Supreme Court handed down a decision Monday morning that not only impacts the treatment of women within the Wal-Mart corporation, but could also change the rules of class action lawsuits, and give companies permission to look the other way from unfair practices, the National Women’s Law Center said. “We…

Supreme Court blocks Wal-Mart sex discrimination lawsuit

The Supreme Court has ruled against 1.5 million women who claim they were discriminated against by retail giant Wal-Mart. The court unanimously said that what would have been the largest class action in American history could not go forward because the case would have been too big and unfair to…

Superman threatens to renounce U.S. citizenship

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Superman, citizen of the world? The Man of Steel, in the latest issue of Action Comics which hit newsstands on Wednesday, said he intends to renounce his U.S. citizenship in a speech before the United Nations. “I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of…

Schwarzenegger to star in proposed new “Terminator”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – He said he would be back, and now Arnold Schwarzenegger is doing just that. The action movie hero turned politician is attached to star in a new “Terminator” movie being shopped to Hollywood studios, an industry source said on Wednesday. Schwarzenegger, 63, who played the killing…

Ron Paul to launch presidential exploratory committee

Republican Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) will officially announce the launch of his presidential exploratory committee on Tuesday. David Weigel of Slate confirmed that the libertarian-leaning congressman will launch his third presidential bid in Des Moines, Iowa. The congressman appears to be prepping for the launch of his presidential exploratory committee…

WHO calls for urgent action on antibiotic use

GENEVA — The World Health Organisation warned Wednesday that drug resistance fuelled partly by misuse of antibiotics is killing hundreds of thousands of people a year and that urgent action was needed on the issue. “We’re really seeing an accelerated evolution in the spread of this problem and the bottom…

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