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Bank of America stops processing WikiLeaks payments

Bank of America Corp. has joined several other financial institutions in refusing to handle payments for WikiLeaks. With its announcement, the Charlotte-based bank joins a fray that has ratcheted financial pressure on the website that released thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, but has also prompted cyber attacks on businesses…

Westboro Baptists to picket Elizabeth Edwards funeral

WASHINGTON — A US fringe religious group that pickets military funerals with signs reading “Thank God for dead soldiers” said Thursday it will picket the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards who died this week of cancer. “God hates Elizabeth Edwards! WBC will picket her funeral… Saturday December 11 from 11:30 to…

NASA creates buzz with ‘extraterrestrial’ announcement

The US space agency has created a buzz with its announcement of a press conference Thursday to discuss a scientific finding that relates to the hunt for life beyond the planet Earth. “NASA will hold a news conference at 2 pm EST (1900 GMT) on Thursday, December 2, to discuss…

Obama to give George Bush, Sr. the presidential Medal of Freedom

Former President George H.W. Bush is among 15 people selected to be awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Wednesday night. The Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, is awarded for “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world…

Stewart rally to ‘restore sanity,’ while Colbert pushes to ‘keep fear alive’

Two dueling Comedy Central rallies planned in Washington have something for everyone. If you’re the type of person that wants to tone down the political debate then Jon Stewart wants you to mark your calendar. While Stephen Colbert wants you to march with him if you want to amp up…

NYC imam denies ‘deal’ with Koran-burning pastor

UPDATE II: What was that all about? In one of the most bizarre press conferences in recent history, pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, announced on Thursday that he was canceling his planned “international burn-a-Koran day” event for this Saturday, stating that he had…

NBC boasts Iraq coverage is an official Pentagon announcement

Three years after former President George W. Bush declared “Mission Accomplished” on an aircraft carrier, MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann proceeded to mock the early propagandistic call by announcing each successive night on his Countdown show that it has been “one thousand and blank” days since the the war in Iraq…

Key US House panel to hold China currency hearing

A key US House committee with power over taxes and trade will hold a September 15 hearing to weigh possible new steps to press China over its currency policy, the panel’s chairman said Thursday. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin’s announcement came amid deep anger in the US…

Israel agrees to loosen Gaza blockade, ‘civilian’ goods now permitted

Israel announced on Sunday it will allow all strictly “civilian” goods into Gaza while preventing certain weapons and dual-use items from entering the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave. The new policy is a response to mounting calls to ease Israel’s four-year siege on the coastal enclave after Israeli forces killed nine activists…

US troops won’t be used to stop illegal immigration: State Dept.

WASHINGTON — US National Guard troops being sent to the Mexican border will be used to stem the flow of guns and drugs across the frontier and not to enforce US immigration laws, the State Department said Wednesday. The clarification came after the Mexican government urged Washington not to use…

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