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Telescope spots oldest galaxy ever seen

US and European researchers trying to peer back to the beginnings of the universe said on Wednesday they have spotted what they think is the most ancient galaxy ever seen — 13.2 billion years old. The aging Hubble Space Telescope collected light from the dim object, which would have formed…

‘Cryptome’ writes WikiLeaks’ obituary: Site’s purpose now ‘dead in the water’

WikiLeaks is dead. Long live WikiLeaks. That’s the basic message Wednesday from secrets blog Cryptome, which published an essay outlining why the release of secret US State Department cables effectively struck a death knell to WikiLeaks as a service to the whistleblower community. WikiLeaks as a secrets outlet was once…

2010 census to show slowing US growth, GOP gains

2010 census expected to show slowing US population growth, gain in House seats for GOP states If government estimates hold true, the closely watched 2010 census will show America’s once-torrid population growth dropping to its lowest level in seven decades. In Congress, the steady migration to the South and West…

UC students pepper-sprayed for protesting rate hikes

University of California students clash with police at protest over proposed tuition hike University of California students have clashed with police outside a meeting of the UC Board of Regents before its expected vote on another tuition increase. UC spokesman Pete King says police arrested at least 16 protesters Wednesday…

Obama reportedly agrees to allow rich bigger tax cut than middle class

Update at bottom: White House suggests that tax cuts for wealthy will not be permanent David Axelrod, the senior adviser to President Barack Obama, says that the White House has conceded to Republicans in giving into tax cuts for the wealthy, a legacy of a Bush-era policy to reduce federal…

Caught: Justice Department probes GOP governor for lavish spending on cars, hotels

The Republican governor of New Jersey spent big money on luxury hotels without proper justification, a new Justice Department report reveals. As a US Attorney, Gov. Chris Christie “provided insufficient, inaccurate or no justification,” in 14 of the 15 trips in question, the Department of Justice report (.pdf) said. The…

Employers add 151K jobs, most since May

Economy adds 151K jobs, most in 5 months; unemployment rate remains 9.6 percent Employers added the most jobs in five months in October, with the education and health care sectors leading the way. But the unemployment rate, measured by a separate survey of households, remained stuck at 9.6 percent for…

As healthcare reform nears, insurers seek rate hikes

If you have an individual health insurance policy, you may be soon seeing yet higher rates — and if you believe the insurance companies, it’s in part because healthcare reform requires additional benefits. “Aetna Inc., some BlueCross BlueShield plans and other smaller carriers have asked for premium increases of between…

Recession may have pushed US birth rate to new low

Baby bust: US birth rate hits historic low in 2009, drops a second year since recession began The U.S. birth rate has dropped for the second year in a row, and experts think the wrenching recession led many people to put off having children. The 2009 birth rate also set…

Credit card debt drops to lowest level in 8 years

Credit card debt drops 13 percent in 2nd qtr to lowest level since 2002; late payments decline The amount consumers owed on their credit cards in this year’s second quarter dropped to the lowest level in more than eight years as cardholders continued to pay off balances in the uncertain…

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