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Gun advocate allegedly punches Wisconsin union activist in the face

A daily non-violent singalong at the Wisconsin Capitol turned ugly Tuesday when it was interrupted by a former Republican state senator and two pro-gun advocates. Former state Sen. David Zien yelled “Walker for president” while the two other men attempted to cover some of the union activists with the former…

Pentagon wants to ‘extend’ Afghanistan surge

WASHINGTON — The US military is asking President Barack Obama to maintain its troop surge in Afghanistan until the fall of 2012, a month before a scheduled withdrawal, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The timeline would mean the president could promise large troop reductions to a war-weary public just…

Scientists doubt methane from BP oil spill is ‘nearly all gone’

WASHINGTON – Scientists on Thursday cast doubt on a study that claimed bacteria ate nearly all the methane that leaked after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, saying its methods were flawed. Describing the findings as “ambiguous” and “unconvincing,” marine scientist and lead author Samantha Joye and…

Report: Former Gov. Tommy Thompson running for Wisconsin Senate

WASHINGTON – Former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson (R) is poised to run for his state’s open Senate seat in 2012, according to the National Journal‘s Major Garrett. Thompson helmed the state between 1987 and 2001, before serving as Secretary of Health and Human Services during President George W. Bush’s first…

Google to launch online music service: report

NEW YORK — Internet giant Google could launch an online music service as early as Tuesday to rival Amazon’s “cloud” service, which allows users to store digital music online, the Wall Street Journal reported. Citing unnamed sources, the neswspaper said on Monday that Google, like Amazon, has yet to secure…

U.S. CEO pay jumps 11 percent: survey

WASHINGTON — Compensation received by chief executives of the biggest US companies surged 11 percent over the past 12 months — to $9.3 million on average, The Wall Street Journal reported. Citing a study conducted for the newspaper by management consultancy Hay Group, The Journal said the increase was largely…

Wall Street Journal launches WikiLeaks imitation

WASHINGTON — The Wall Street Journal launched a WikiLeaks rival called “SafeHouse” on Thursday, calling for online submissions to help uncover fraud and abuse in business and politics. “If you have newsworthy contracts, correspondence, emails, financial records or databases from companies, government agencies or non-profits, you can send them to…

Wall Street Journal circulation tops 2.11 million

WASHINGTON — The Wall Street Journal is the top daily newspaper in the United States with average print and digital circulation of 2.11 million, according to figures released on Tuesday. The New York Times takes the Sunday honors with total average circulation of 1.33 million The Audit Bureau of Circulations…

US banks to settle on financial crisis penalties: report

NEW YORK (AFP) – Several major US banks are close to an agreement with the Wall Street regulator to settle fraud allegations related to the “toxic” mortgages behind the 2008 financial crisis, a report said Friday. An initial agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) could be settled next…

MySpace may trim down to win suitors

SAN FRANCISCO – Reports surfaced on Friday that faded social networking star MySpace may cut more staff to be attractive to suitors. A Wall Street Journal report cited unnamed sources as indicating News Corp. might make MySpace leaner for potential buyers including music video service Vevo, China-based Internet company Tencent,…

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