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US lawmakers seek to ban chimp experiments

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US lawmakers proposed bills Wednesday banning medical research on chimpanzees in the United States, the last major industrialized country to still use to the apes for experiments. “Scientists worldwide have halted chimpanzee experiments, because these intelligent creatures suffer immensely and are poor models for researching human diseases,”…

Budget negotiators differ by $6.5 billion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional negotiators on Friday differed by $6.5 billion in their efforts to agree on the size of spending cuts in budget talks aimed at avoiding a government shutdown, a Republican aide said. (Reporting by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Vicki Allen)…

Government shutdown could leave 800,000 workers idle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Around 800,000 workers could be idled and activities ranging from processing of tax filings and Small Business Administration loans could be suspended if the U.S. government is forced to shut down in a budget deadlock, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. (Reporting by Matt Spetalnick) Source: Reuters…

Rep. Paul Ryan proposes $6 trillion in spending cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Government spending would plummet by nearly $6 trillion over the coming decade under a Republican plan due to be unveiled on Tuesday, in a sharp contrast to President Barack Obama’s fiscal plan. The plan, crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, envisions a total spending cut…

GOP Rep. Joe Walsh: Government shutdown could be good for country

Tea party favorite Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Il) thinks that a government shutdown could be just what this country needs. “This is the most serious financial situation I think we’ve had,” Walsh told CBS News’ Nancy Cordes Tuesday. “And so if we need a jolt, if we need the government shutdown…

Budget sparring intensifies as both parties brace for government shutdown

WASHINGTON – Reinvigorated partisan bickering over broken-down budget negotiations Monday suggested that Democratic and Republican leaders are bracing for the prospect of a government shutdown, which would occur if the two sides fail to reach a deal by the April 8 deadline. In dueling statements, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid…

Government shutdown looms as budget deadline nears with little progress

WASHINGTON – With just 11 days left to break the stalemate and strike a budget deal with President Barack Obama, Congress on Monday faced the growing prospect of a government shutdown as negotiations had borne little fruit. Neither party has the patience to continue funding the government in few-week increments,…

Actors, musicians demand end to inhumane treatment of Bradley Manning

A group of prominent actors, artists, and musicians joined with leading human rights organizations on Friday to urge President Obama and Defense Secretary Gates to take “immediate action to address the inhumane and unjustified treatment of PFC Bradley Manning at Quantico Marine Base.” “Despite the recommendations of three forensic military…

Libyan opposition appeals for no-fly zone as Gaddafi loyalists launch assault

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi intensified their counter-offensive on Friday to retake ground from out-gunned insurgents who appealed to foreign powers to impose a no-fly zone to stop the onslaught. Government forces, with air supremacy and a big advantage in tanks, appear to have regained…

Libya plane hits town, over one million need aid

RAS LANUF, Libya (Reuters) – Government forces seeking to dislodge rebels from Libya’s strategically important coast struck at an oil town on Monday amid quickening efforts to prevent more humanitarian suffering and a mass refugee exodus. The United Nations said more than one million people fleeing Libya and inside the…

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