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Obama, Dems crush Bush-era fundraising record

President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign is off to a high-flying start after announcing a record breaking fundraising haul that dwarfs his predecessor’s financial prowess at the same time in his 2004 reelection efforts. Obama and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) said Wednesday morning that they had raised a combined…

Supreme Court upholds $270 million award to smokers

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal request made by American tobacco companies on Monday in a class-action lawsuit that awarded 500,000 smokers a total of $270 million in damages. Without comment, the highest US court dismissed the appeal of a 2009 Louisiana court decision that ruled the…

US fires 118 drone bombs at Pakistan, killing just two most-wanted terrorists

WASHINGTON – Over one-hundred drone strikes in Pakistan last year ended up killing a total of 2 terrorists on the US most-wanted list, according to independent estimates. In 2010, the CIA launched a total of 118 drone attacks in Pakistan, each costing more than $1 million, The Washington Post reported.…

January Iraq death toll highest in four months

BAGHDAD — More Iraqis were killed in attacks in January than any month since September, figures released Tuesday showed, after a surge in violence over a two week period shattered a relative calm in the country. Data compiled by the ministries of health, defence and interior showed that a total…

107 trillion emails sent last year: Pingdom

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Internet users sent a total of 107 trillion emails last year, most of them spam, according to a Web monitoring service. The number of emails sent last year were among the facts and figures about the Internet gathered by Pingdom from various sources and published Thursday at…

Natural disasters ‘killed 295,000 in 2010′

The Haiti earthquake and floods in Pakistan and China helped make 2010 an exceptional year for natural disasters, killing 295,000 and costing $130 billion, the world’s top reinsurer said Monday. “The high number of weather-related natural catastrophes and record temperatures both globally and in different regions of the world provide…

337 Iraqi civilians killed in May

The number of Iraqi civilians killed in acts of violence in May was the highest monthly tally so far this year, figures released on Tuesday showed. Overall, 337 people – 275 civilians, 45 police and 17 soldiers – died as a result of attacks in May, according to data compiled…

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