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Report: Friends of former IMF chief tried to bribe assaulted maid’s family

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have spent the last week and a half behind bars and under house arrest since he allegedly tried to rape a hotel maid in New York on May 14, but associates of his have been busy on his behalf. The New York Post reports…

U.S. government: How to be prepared for zombie apocalypse

WASHINGTON — With rumors swirling in conspiratorial corners that the end of the world is nigh, the US government this week posted some online counsel on how to be prepared in case of a zombie apocalypse. “There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take…

GOP Senator Coburn: Budget deal must include tax increases

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Tom Coburn says that a long-term deficit reduction plan must include some revenue increases, because that’s what Americans want. “It’s time for the Senate to earn its reputation as the world’s greatest deliberative body and help lead that effort,” Coburn wrote in a Washington Post op-ed…

Obama administration divided over future ties with Pakistan

WASHINGTON — The administration of US President Barack Obama is divided over the future of its relationship with Pakistan following the killing of Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, The Washington Post reported Sunday. US commandos killed bin Laden in an urban compound only 55 kilometers (35 miles) from the Pakistani…

Man smacked by cookware for neglecting to purchase Mother’s Day gift

Aretavia Kimbrough, of Staten Island, New York, was arrested Sunday for assaulting the father of her 8-month-old child, the New York Post reported. Charmean Allen, Kimbrough’s boyfriend and father of their son Charmean Allen Jr., said that Kimbrough woke him up at 7 a.m. and wanted to know what gifts…

Republican push to privatize Medicare unraveling

WASHINGTON – Americans concerned about the future of Medicare can breathe a sigh of relief: recent developments on Capitol Hill suggest Republicans are easing up in their push to turn the program into a voucher system. The proposal is a non-starter in the Senate, and unlikely to survive President Barack…

Koch brothers pick a fight with The New Yorker

Oil baron brothers David and Charles Koch aren’t the types to throw out old magazines, according to recent reports. The Koch brothers have taken up against the American Association of Magazine Editors, who recently nominated an anti-Koch New Yorker article for a National Magazine Award in reporting. Jane Mayer’s “Covert…

Leaked cables: U.S. funded Syrian opposition groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is not working to undermine the Syrian government but is trying to support democratic goals as it does elsewhere in the world, the State Department said on Monday. The comments came after The Washington Post reported that the State Department has secretly funded Syrian…

Hundreds of NYPD cops may be punished for fixing parking tickets

The New York Police Department may fire up to 400 cops at the conclusion of a widespread corruption investigation. Anonymous sources inside the department told the New York Post that cops who were found to have “fixed” tickets would be let go. The NYPD denied that 400 cops were involved,…

Greenpeace urges Facebook to ‘like’ green energy

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – A handful of Greenpeace activists was outside Facebook headquarters on Wednesday, calling on the social network to “unfriend” coal energy for powering data centers and other operations. Members of the international environmental group set up a large computer screen to display comments streaming in from around…

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