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US donations to Japan near $150 million

WASHINGTON – US relief groups said Tuesday that Americans have donated close to $150 million to support Japan after its devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The American Red Cross said it has raised $120.5 million. It said it gave $10 million initially to the Japanese Red Cross and would…

DoJ still protecting Bush eavesdroppers, says ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union has released a statement that memos it requested by way of the Freedom of Information Act have been released, but in “heavily redacted” form. The two memos, one by former head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel Jack Goldsmith, and another by then…

Researchers find U.S. “diabetes belt”

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Already dubbed America’s “stroke belt,” the southeastern U.S. just earned another dubious distinction as the nation’s “diabetes belt,” government researchers said Tuesday. They used county-by-county data to mark those areas where people are most at risk for the blood sugar disease. “We have known for…

‘Anonymous’ targets the brothers Koch, claiming attempts ‘to usurp American Democracy’

The decentralized protest group “Anonymous” has a new target: no, it’s not a middle eastern dictator, a major bank or even a bit player in the military-industrial complex. It’s none other than tea party financiers Charles and David Koch, who were being targeted, an open letter stated, for their attempts…

Pakistan court adjourns US immunity case

LAHORE, Pakistan – A Pakistan court on Thursday put off ruling whether a US official accused of double murder has diplomatic immunity, threatening to prolong a crisis with Washington for another month. The court adjourned until March 14, extending tensions between the United States and Pakistan, where an anti-American population…

US airlines cancel flights as winter storm bears down

CHICAGO/ATLANTA – US airlines canceled thousands of flights on Tuesday ahead of a blizzard that has promised near-record snowfall in the U.S. Plains and the central Midwest. The storm was expected to stretch across 2,000 miles — dumping up to 2 feet of snow in the central and upper Midwest,…

Rumsfeld to receive ‘Defender of the Constitution Award’ at CPAC

Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will be honored with the “Defender of the Constitution Award” at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual event attended by numerous conservative activists, journalists, and politicians. WorldNetDaily columnist Brad O’Leary and American Conservative Union chairman David A. Keene will present the…

Expedia dumps top airline over ‘anti-choice’ strategy

NEW YORK – Online travel agency Expedia Inc has dropped tickets for American Airlines from its listings, charging that the airline’s new commercial strategy is “anti-consumer” and “anti-choice.” The move, made over the weekend, is the latest development in a feud between the airline and agencies such as Expedia and…

Newt Gingrich ‘very serious’ about running for president in 2012

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is very serious about running for president in 2012, according to his daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman. “He’s very serious,” Cushman told the conservative newspaper Human Events in an interview posted Monday. “He’s much more serious than he ever has been. And I can tell that…

Supreme Court Justice Alito: My fundraising for conservative causes is ‘not important’

Statement and fundraising appear to conflict with Code of Conduct for United States Judges Supreme Court Justice Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. said his involvement with a conservative fundraiser was “not important” after being confronted by a Think Progress blogger Tuesday night. At a fundraising event for the right-wing magazine American…

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