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Arizona shooting suspect moved for mental tests

PHOENIX, Arizona — The suspect in a January shooting spree that severely wounded a congresswoman has been moved to a federal medical facility for a mental evaluation, court records said on Thursday. Jared Lee Loughner, 22, the prime suspect in the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was transferred to…

Yemen President Ali Saleh announces plan to retire in Jan. 2012

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh will leave office after organizing congress elections by January 2012, refusing to hand over power without knowing who would succeed him, an aide said on Tuesday. “President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he will hand over power through (parliamentary) elections and the formation…

Judge orders Loughner mental evaluation in Missouri

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday ordered Jared Lee Loughner, the college dropout charged in January’s Arizona shooting rampage, to undergo a mental evaluation in Missouri to see if he is competent to stand trial. Federal prosecutors earlier this month asked for Loughner to receive an evaluation. U.S.…

US trade gap hits seven-month high

WASHINGTON – The US trade deficit struck a seven-month high in January as imports from China surged and oil prices rose, overwhelming a solid gain in exports, official data showed Thursday. The United States started 2011 with a 15.1 percent jump in its trade gap to $46.3 billion, the highest…

Tucson gunman pleads not guilty on all charges

TUCSON, Arizona — Jared Loughner, the gunman accused of trying to assassinate a US congresswoman and killing six people in Tucson, pleaded not guilty to all 49 new charges against him Wednesday. He entered the pleas in his first court appearance in Tucson itself, after prosecutors announced new indictments against…

Facebook valued at $65 billion in new investment

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Investment firm General Atlantic is investing in Facebook, valuing the leading social network at $65 billion, representing a 30 percent boost from its last big investment in January, according to a report on CNBC. General Atlantic is purchasing a block of roughly 2.5 million Facebook shares…

High manatee, dolphin deaths puzzle US officials

MIAMI (AFP) – Near-record numbers of manatees have died in Florida waters in early 2011, the second straight year of above-average deaths, alarming officials who are also puzzled by a surge in dolphin fatalities along the US Gulf Coast. Of the 163 manatee deaths recorded from January 1 to February…

US growth ‘modest to moderate’: Fed

WASHINGTON — The US economy expanded at a “modest to moderate pace” in the first months of this year, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, as it sounded a cautious tone on inflation and the housing market. As it gears up for a key policy meeting later this month, the Fed…

Four charged in US mafia probe

NEW YORK – Four alleged members of an Italian-American organized crime ring, including an alleged ex-boss, were charged with racketeering, extortion and other crimes in an indictment unsealed Tuesday, a prosecutor said. Alleged New England La Cosa Nostra boss Luigi Manocchio, 83, also known as “Louie,” “Baby Shacks,” “the Professor,”…

US consumer spending crawls in January

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US consumer spending slowed to a crawl in January from December, despite a sharp rise in incomes, official data showed on Monday. The Commerce Department reported consumer spending rose a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent in January, the weakest pace since June. The December rise — the crucial…

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