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Credit card donations to WikiLeaks possible again: DataCell

REYKJAVIK — Seven months after Visa and MasterCard blocked credit card payments to WikiLeaks, donating to the whistleblower website using plastic became possible again on Thursday, its data hosting service provider said. “Today (Thursday) we have observed that an alternative payment processor that we have contracted with, has in fact…

Nation’s largest nurses’ union urges Obama to oppose cuts to social programs

The National Nurses United (NNU) union said Thursday that it strongly opposed further cuts to social programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and urged the president to join them. Instead of cutting social programs to solve the nation’s deficit woes, they hope President Barack Obama will hold fast to…

Banks struggle to agree on Greek aid plan

ROME (Reuters) – International banks, under pressure from European governments to roll over their holdings of Greek debt, tried again to come up with a joint rescue plan on Thursday after talks over a French proposal fell apart. European Central Bank and Greek government officials as well as international and Italian…

Tsunami warning for New Zealand after 7.7 quake

A tsunami warning was issued for New Zealand and Tonga after a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the coast of the Kermadec Islands at 7:03 a.m. local time Thursday (3:03 p.m. ET Wednesday.) The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) initially reported the quake had a magnitude of 7.9, but that was…

Minnesota government shuts down

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Minnesota’s state government began a broad shut down on Friday going into the July 4 holiday after Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders failed to reach a budget deal. Parts of the government had already begun to shut down on Thursday ahead of the midnight…

Strauss-Kahn back in New York court Friday

NEW YORK — Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn returns to a Manhattan court Friday for an unexpected appearance in the case on charges he attempted to rape a New York hotel maid, officials said. “No details about this appearance will be available until the defendant appears in court tomorrow,” said the…

Clinton: ‘I’ll be surprised’ if Obama not re-elected

Former US president Bill Clinton said Thursday that he expects to see fellow Democrat Barack Obama re-elected to the White House in 2012. “I’ll be surprised if he’s not re-elected,” Clinton told ABC News. “I’ve always thought he would be.” Clinton, who led the country from 1993 to 2001, was the last Democratic president…

Murdoch’s News Corp. moves closer to takeover of Sky TV

Rupert Murdoch’s sprawling media conglomerate News Corp. moved closer to full control of British pay-TV broadcaster BSkyB on Thursday after the government accepted plans to spin off Sky News. US giant News Corp. undertook in March to hive off the rolling news channel to address competition concerns over its bid to buy the 61-percent…

Greek government wins majority for second austerity law

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou won a parliamentary majority on Thursday in favor of an implementation law for a five-year austerity plan required under an EU/IMF bailout package. With voting still continuing, Papandreou’s Socialist government had already reached the 151 votes required in the 300-seat chamber to…

Anxious wait for Australians exposed to rare deadly virus

Eight people endured an anxious wait Thursday after being exposed to the potentially deadly Hendra virus, which is spread to humans from horses and believed to be unique to Australia. They all came into contact with a horse that died from the infectious disease at Biddaddaba, in southeast Queensland, on…

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