Maryland bomb suspect knew about Oregon plot

Maryland bomb suspect knew about Oregon plot

A 21-year-old arrested when he tried to detonate what he thought was a bomb at a military recruiting center knew about the alleged terrorist in Oregon nabbed in a sting operation and even talked about it with an informant working with the FBI to catch him, authorities said. Antonio Martinez, a naturalized U.S. citizen who […]

Sorry your honor but immigration made me do it

Sorry your honor but immigration made me do it

The lawyer for an African woman charged with smuggling young girls from Togo to New Jersey said her trial was about cultural norms that failed to translate in America. Twelve American jurors saw it as a clear-cut example of human trafficking, and she was sentenced to 27 years in prison. Both sides focused on the […]

Republicans thumb noses at senior citizens again

Republicans thumb noses at senior citizens again

House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday thwarted Democratic efforts to award $250 checks to Social Security recipients facing a second consecutive year without a cost-of-living increase. President Barack Obama and Democrats have urged approval of the one-time payment, saying seniors barely getting by on their Social Security checks face undue hardships without the COLA increase. […]

Career criminal acted alone in killing publicist

Career criminal acted alone in killing publicist

Investigators said Wednesday that they believe a Hollywood publicist was killed by the career criminal who committed suicide last week in a seedy apartment lobby as police closed in on him. The announcement by Beverly Hills police marks a major break in an investigation that has baffled detectives for nearly month and stunned Hollywood ever […]

Obama’s new scare tactic: No tax cut, new recession

Obama’s new scare tactic: No tax cut, new recession

Raising the direst alarm yet, the Obama administration warned fellow Democrats on Wednesday that if they defeat the big tax-cut compromise detested by many liberals they could jolt the entire nation back into recession. President Barack Obama appealed anew for Congress to “get this done” and insisted that more congressional Democrats would climb aboard as […]

Hackers slam credit card sites in support of WikiLeaks

Hackers slam credit card sites in support of WikiLeaks

Hackers rushed to the defense of WikiLeaks on Wednesday, launching attacks on MasterCard, Visa, Swedish prosecutors, a Swiss bank and others who have acted against the site and its jailed founder Julian Assange. Internet “hacktivists” operating under the label “Operation Payback” claimed responsibility in a Twitter message for causing severe technological problems at the website […]

Senate Dems think they can pull off a vote on military’s gay ban

Senate Dems think they can pull off a vote on military’s gay ban

Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had a plan to overcome Republican objections and finally repeal the military’s 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops. The White House also expressed optimism that Congress would overturn the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, despite key GOP senators giving no indication that they would agree. A test vote was scheduled […]

Foreclosure nightmares: When the banks get it all wrong

Foreclosure nightmares: When the banks get it all wrong

Christopher Marconi was in the shower when he heard a loud banging on his door. By the time he grabbed a towel and hustled to his front step, a U.S. marshal’s sedan was peeling out of his driveway. Nailed to Marconi’s front door was a foreclosure summons from Wells Fargo, naming him as a defendant. […]

FCC looking for ways to protect consumers from pay-TV disputes

FCC looking for ways to protect consumers from pay-TV disputes

Federal regulators will explore whether they can do more to protect consumers from losing their television signals because of disputes over the fees that subscription-video providers pay broadcasters for their programming. Wednesday’s announcement by the Federal Communications Commission comes on the heels of a high-profile spat between Cablevision Systems Corp. and News Corp.’s Fox network. […]

Axelrod: Obama ‘had’ to make tax deal

Axelrod: Obama ‘had’ to make tax deal

A senior adviser to President Barack Obama says he believes Democrats angry about the deal with Republicans on tax cuts will support it when they weigh the consequences of people’s taxes going up. David Axelrod tells CBS‘s “The Early Show” that Obama would not have been able to spare middle-class taxpayers a significant increase in […]