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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,”…

Second night of tense budget talks in Washington fails to produce results

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The clock was ticking on Friday for Republicans and Democrats to come up with a deal to avert a government shutdown at midnight after President Barack Obama failed to resolve the impasse. With Obama’s order ringing in their ears, negotiators from both sides worked through a second…

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…

Republicans push to overturn ‘net neutrality’ rules

During a Communications and Technology Subcommittee Hearing on Wednesday, House Republicans pushed for a resolution to eliminate ‘net neutrality’ rules recently adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The committee passed the resolution, with all 15 Republicans voting to repeal the rules and all 9 Democrats voting against it. The…

South Korean websites targeted in cyber-attack

SEOUL (AFP) – South Korea issued a cyber security alert as the websites of 29 government and other agencies came under attack Friday, the Korea Communications Commission said. A commission spokesman said the DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks had initially been expected to hit 40 websites but only 29…

Fed’s Bernanke: Budget cuts could trim 200,000 jobs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday a Republican spending cut plan would not cause a big dent to U.S. economic growth, but could cost around 200,000 jobs. Bernanke said that a $60 billion cut along the lines being pursued by Republican in the House of…

Republicans pitch two-week budget extension

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the House of Representatives on Friday proposed to avoid a looming government shutdown with a two-week extension of funding that includes $4 billion in spending cuts. Democrats want any stopgap measure, needed to avert a shutdown by March 4, to not include spending cuts…

Republicans seek to quash ‘net neutrality’ rules

WASHINGTON — Republican members of the US Senate and House of Representatives are seeking to quash rules approved by US telecom regulators designed to ensure an open Internet. The five-member Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in a vote split on party lines, agreed in December to the rules aimed at safeguarding…

White House seeks to clamp down on piracy, copyright infringement

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration unveiled a blueprint Monday to beef up digital copyright laws, as part of an effort to adjust intellectual property regulations in the age of the Internet. “Our efforts focus on combating significant acts of infringement, protecting legitimate uses of the Internet and respecting principles of…

Republicans aim to gut US diplomacy: lawmaker

A top White House ally warned Monday that deep spending cuts sought by Republicans risked crippling US-led campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as efforts to combat terrorism and aid Israel. Representative Howard Berman, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, complained Republicans had spared military funds…

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