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S&P threatens downgrade of U.S. finance companies

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Standard & Poor’s on Friday raised the pressure on Washington debt negotiators, saying it could downgrade insurers, securities clearinghouses, mortgage agencies and a laundry list of other firms if there is not a deal soon to lift the debt ceiling and cut the deficit. The ratings…

Batphone app will record ultrasonic bat sounds

LONDON — Scientists have created a “batphone” by designing a smartphone app to help people capture the ultrasonic calls of bats in their area, the Zoological Society of London has revealed. The iBats app for iPhones and Android phones aims to make it easier to monitor local bat species, by…

House to vote on ‘In God We Trust’ resolution

The US House of Representatives will have a chance to vote on a resolution to affirm the phrase “In God We Trust” as the nation’s official motto after it was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), the founder and chairman of the Congressional…

DOJ says negotiations completed for $20B fund

Justice Department says negotiations with BP completed to ensure compensation from $20 billion The Justice Department and BP announced Monday that they have finished negotiations to implement a $20 billion fund for victims of the Gulf oil spill and that BP has made a $3 billion initial deposit. Associate Attorney…

‘Official’ Sarah Palin legal defense fund deemed ‘illegal’, $390,000 to be returned

Thousands of donors who contributed to a $390,000 legal defense fund for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will get their money back after an investigator said Thursday the fund was illegal because it was misleadingly described on a website. State Personnel Board investigator Timothy Petumenos said the Alaska Fund Trust…

Police chiefs worried Arizona immigration law will increase crime meet with Attorney General

Update at bottom: Chiefs claim Holder told them federal challenge is imminent A group of police chiefs who have launched a campaign against the new Arizona immigration law which they believe will damage community relations with law enforcement agencies across the nation are set to meet with Attorney General Eric…

Police chiefs worried Arizona immigration law will increase crime meet with Attorney General

A group of police chiefs who have launched a campaign against the new Arizona immigration law which they believe will damage community relations with law enforcement agencies across the nation are set to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday morning. A press release sent to RAW STORY states,…

India refuses genetically modified crops, citing ‘inadequate’ science

India refused to grant permission Wednesday for the commercial cultivation of its first genetically modified (GM) food crop, citing problems of public trust and “inadequate” science. Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said he was imposing a moratorium on the introduction of an aubergine modified with a gene toxic to pests that…

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