Archive for November, 2012

Republicans scoff at White House‚Äôs ‘fiscal cliff’ opening bid

Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

GOP: We've made our fiscal compromiseRepublicans on Thursday flatly rejected President Obama's opening bid for averting the so-called fiscal cliff.


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    Egypt constitution finalized as opposition cries foul

    Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

    Youths walk next to a pirate flag on display by a street vendor at Tahrir Square in CairoAn Islamist-led assembly was expected to finalize a new constitution on Friday, paving the way for an end to a crisis which erupted when President Mohamed Mursi gave himself sweeping new powers last week.


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      Top court to consider whether to review gay marriage cases

      Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

      Everhart and Welker hold each other before exchanging wedding vows at a comic book retail shop in Manhattan, New YorkThe nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are widely expected to decide in a private meeting on Friday to enter the legal fray raging over same-sex marriage.


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        Senate votes to bar indefinite detention

        Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

        FILE - In this June 27, 2006 file photo, reviewed by a U.S. Department of Defense official, U.S. military guards walk within Camp Delta military-run prison, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. The White House is threatening that President Barack Obama would veto the defense bill unless Congress makes changes. The Office of Management and Budget issued a statement Thursday as the Senate debated the $631 billion bill. Specifically, the White House complained about provisions restricting the administration's ability to transfer detainees from the U.S. Naval facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to foreign countries. The White House also complained about the prohibition on funds to build a detention facility in the US. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)The Senate has revived a divisive debate over civil liberties and the president's powers as commander in chief, voting that U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism and seized on U.S. soil may not be held indefinitely.


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          AP source: Strauss-Kahn, NY hotel maid to settle

          Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

          This combo made from file photos shows former International Monetary Fund chief leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn on May 19, 2011, left, and Nafissatou Diallo on July 28, 2011, in New York. A person familiar with the case says Strauss-Kahn and Diallo, a New York City hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her, have reached an agreement to settle her lawsuit. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity to discuss the private negotiation. The details of the deal are unknown. (AP Photo, File)Word of a settlement agreement between former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her could bring an end to a saga that ended his hopes for the French presidency.


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            Congress looks at doing away with the $1 bill

            Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

            FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Mint shows the President John Adams presidential $1 coin. Congressional auditors say doing away with dollar bills entirely and replacing them with dollar coins could save taxpayers some $4.4 billion over the next 30 years. (AP Photo/US Mint, File)Congressional auditors say doing away with dollar bills entirely and replacing them with dollar coins could save taxpayers some $4.4 billion over the next 30 years.


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              Panel to investigate Armstrong links to cycling body

              Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

              The International Cycling Union says British judge Philip Otton, Paralympic great Tanni-Grey Thompson and Australian lawyer Malcolm Holmes will investigate the governing body’s links to the Lance Armstrong doping case.

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                U.S. soldier in WikiLeaks case says he was held in a ‘cage’

                Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

                Army Private First Class Manning is escorted in handcuffs as he leaves the courthouse in Fort MeadeA U.S. Army private facing court-martial on suspicion of leaking secret documents to WikiLeaks testified on Thursday he was confined to a "cage" in the early days after his arrest in 2010, and thought he would die there.


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                  Boehner joins filibuster fight against Democrats

                  Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

                  House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives to speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, after private talks with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on the fiscal cliff negotiations. Boehner said no substantive progress has been made between the White House and the House" in the past two weeks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)House Speaker John Boehner joined fellow Republicans in the Senate on Thursday in their battle to stop Democrats controlling that chamber from curbing filibusters, threatening to ignore bills the Senate sends him.


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                    Fighting cuts access to Damascus airport, flights suspended

                    Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

                    Men who were injured in the explosions in Jaramana district, near Damascus, walk on a streetBEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian rebels battled forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad just outside Damascus on Thursday, cutting access to its international airport, and Dubai-based Emirates airline and EgyptAir stopped flights to the Syrian capital. The Internet and some telephone lines went down across Syria. Rebels and the government traded blame for the blackout, the worst communications outage in 20 months of conflict. Rebels fighting to topple Assad have been making gains around Syria by overrunning military bases and have been ramping up attacks on Damascus, his seat of power. …


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