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Clinton says Syria’s Assad has lost legitimacy

WASHINGTON/AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost legitimacy and is “not indispensable,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday as tension soared over an assault by Assad loyalists on the U.S. and French embassies in Damascus. Clinton condemned the Syrian attacks and said Washington did not believe…

Ohio police who slammed businessman’s head into concrete face lawsuit

A lawsuit filed May 26 in U.S. District Court alleges that police from the Ohio’s Put-in-Bay township used excessive force when arresting a man on a noise complaint on July 18 of last year. Attorneys for Bradley Ohlemacher are suing the Village of Put-in-Bay, Put-in-Bay Township, three Put-in-Bay police officers…

Bill Gates urges Washington not to cut foreign aid

WASHINGTON – Microsoft co-founder turned billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates urged a Washington bent on slashing spending to step up aid to the world’s poorest countries. “Looking at these issues as a businessman, I believe that investing in the world’s poorest people is the smartest way our government spends money,” Gates…

Segway owner dies after falling off river cliff

Segway company owner dies in England after falling into river on the unique two-wheeler A wealthy British businessman who owns the company that makes the two-wheeled Segway has been found dead in a river in northern England after apparently falling off a cliff on one of the vehicles, police said…

Wis. Senate hopeful has at least $116K in BP stock

Wis. Senate hopeful Johnson has at least $116,000 in BP stock, thousands in 2 other oil stocks Ron Johnson, a leading Republican challenger for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seat, owns at least $116,000 in BP stock plus substantial shares in two other oil companies. Recently released campaign finance documents show the…

Convicted fraudster and health care astroturfer runs… for governor

The newest entrant into the Florida governors’ race has a history that he’d probably prefer to keep secret. Rick Scott, former hospital executive and leader of a million-dollar astroturf operation to try and kill health care legislation, has entered the Republican primary and will launch his first television ad this…

New Orleans elects first white mayor in 32 years

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans has elected its first white mayor in 32 years, ushering in hopes of a new era in a city still trying to rebuild five years after Hurricane Katrina. Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu was elected Saturday to replace outgoing Mayor Ray Nagin, an African-American who led…

Businessman linked to Ted Stevens under investigation for underage sex

An Alaska businessman who was the key witness in the corruption trial of former Sen. Ted Stevens is under investigation by local and federal authorities over allegations he had sex with underage girls in the 1990s. Bill Allen, the founder and former CEO of oil services company VECO, has been…

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