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NY police: Wear pants to ward off sexual assault

Police officers in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, where several sexual attacks have occurred in recent months, are amping up their nighttime presence and offering a more unusual form of protection: wardrobe advice. According to the Wall Street Journal, one 25-year-old woman was stopped with two other women recently. The 25-year…

Dodgers file for bankruptcy protection

LOS ANGELES — Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection Monday in an effort to restructure its debt, court documents showed. The petition was filed in Delaware by the Los Angeles Dodgers Holding Company under Chapter 11 of the US bankruptcy code. It lists debts to current…

Flooding kills 23 in earthquake-ravaged Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Torrential rains lashed Haiti on Tuesday, flooding shanty towns, swamping the squalid camps erected after a 2010 earthquake and killing at least 23 people, officials said. The worst rains to hit the impoverished country this year — at the start of the hurricane season — paralyzed the capital,…

Congress nixes chance of Obama recess appointments

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Republican senators on Friday forced the US Senate to stay in session over its week-long Memorial Day break in a bid to prevent President Barack Obama from nominating a controversial head of a new consumer protection bureau. Obama has the right to make so-called “recess appointments” any…

Bin Laden raid ‘not assassination’: Attorney General Eric Holder

LONDON (AFP) – The US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden was “not an assassination”, US Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday after the Al-Qaeda leader’s sons denounced the operation. Holder told the BBC the raid on bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan on May 2 was a “kill or…

Amid deep cuts, defense spending continues to grow

WASHINGTON – Citing an urgent need for painful cuts to reduce the deficit, Democrats and Republicans agreed last Friday to slash spending on programs related to education, health care, environmental protection and scientific research, among others. Yet they hiked defense spending by $5 billion. The bipartisan deal to fund the…

Granholm reportedly shortlisted to head consumer protection bureau

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is considering Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Raskin and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to head a new agency charged with protecting consumers of financial products, a source aware of the process said on Tuesday. The consumer protection body will have broad powers to rein…

‘Anonymous’ takes down UK Copyright Service website

The decentralized community of hacktivists known as “Anonymous” knocked the website of the UK Copyright Service offline on Thursday. The copyright protection agency, known internationally as Copyright Witness, was targeted by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack as part of an online campaign named “Operation Payback.” DDoS attacks flood…

High court rules Westboro protests are protected speech

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, in a 8-1 decision, that a church’s widely despised anti-gay protests were protected speech. The First Amendment protects the Westboro Baptist Church’s right to picket military funerals, the court said. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion for the court. “What Westboro said, in…

US book chain Borders files for bankruptcy

WASHINGTON — US bookstore chain Borders announced Wednesday that it has filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors so that it can reorganize and re-emerge as “a stronger and more vibrant book seller.” “It has become increasingly clear that in light of the environment of curtailed customer spending, our ongoing…

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