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US Bank Chief Says Consumer Spending Lags

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 3:11 pm (UTC-5)
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The chief of the U.S. central bank says American consumers have been “exceptionally cautious” in their spending habits in recent months, one reason that the country’s economy is growing at a tepid pace. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday that spending by U.S. households expanded moderately in 2010, but diminished this year in the […]

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Increased Chatter on Jihadi Websites

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. intelligence officials are picking up more “chatter” on terrorist websites with the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks just days away. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday the U.S. is taking all of the talk seriously, even though there is nothing to suggest the country faces a specific threat. Earlier […]

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Somali Soldier Shoots 5 at Food Aid Site

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 2:01 pm (UTC-5)
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A Somali government soldier has shot and killed at least five people at a food aid distribution site in the capital, Mogadishu. At least three others were wounded in the incident in Mogadishu’s Waberi district Thursday. Witnesses say the soldier, one of a group that was guarding the food, opened fire after people waiting in […]

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Palestinians March for Statehood Recognition

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Palestinians have launched a series of public relations efforts for their bid to join the United Nations as a full member state, a day after U.S. envoys tried to persuade them to drop the bid. About 100 Palestinian officials and activists marched Thursday to the U.N. office in Ramallah, where they presented a letter stating […]

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Egyptian Officer Says Police Used Weapons to Kill Protesters

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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An Egyptian security officer has testified that police and security forces used their weapons to wound and kill protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The state-run MENA news agency says Interior Ministry officer Isam Husni Abbas made the comments on Thursday during the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak. He told the court many people were […]

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Accident Forces Relocation of Washington September 11th Events

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities at the earthquake-damaged Washington National Cathedral on Thursday said that September 11th anniversary ceremonies will be relocated because a crane collapsed while doing repairs. U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to appear at Sunday’s “Concert of Hope,” which will now be held at the Kennedy Center performing arts venue. A Friday concert honoring the […]

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NATO Says Coalition Soldier Mistakenly Killed BBC Reporter in Afghanistan

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO says one of its soldiers killed a British Broadcasting Corporation reporter during an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan after mistaking him for a suicide bomber. Ahmed Omed Khpulwak and 18 others were killed on July 28 when a group of suicide bombers and gunmen attacked several government buildings in the capital of Uruzgan province. […]

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US Probe Finds Puerto Rican Police Department ‘Broken’

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. Justice Department investigation is criticizing the Puerto Rico Police Department for using violence, violating people’s rights and ignoring some crimes. The findings, published Thursday on the agency’s website, cited a pattern of behavior that it said violated both the U.S. Constitution and federal law. Investigators reported numerous instances in which police used excessive […]

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Libya’s NTC: Battle Not Yet Finished

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A leader of Libya’s provisional government says the battle for liberation is not yet finished. The head of the National Transitional Council’s executive committee, Mahmoud Jibril, told reporters in Tripoli Thursday there are still some cities in Libya’s south that provisional authority fighters must free from pro-Gadhafi forces. He says peace and stability are the […]

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German Police Arrest 2 Terror Suspects, Search Islamic Center

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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German police say they have arrested two men on suspicion of buying bomb making materials and planning a major act of violence in the country. Police say they detained a 24-year-old German of Lebanese descent and a 28-year-old Palestinian from the Gaza Strip in the capital, Berlin, on Thursday. Police say the men tried to […]

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