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Health insurance mandate ruled unconstitutional

Health insurance mandate ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge in Pennsylvania said the insurance-buying mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is unconstitutional, the latest ruling over an issue likely to be taken up by the Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner in Harrisburg said the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution did not give Congress power to require […]

CIA opens New York probe

CIA opens New York probe

The CIA has opened an internal investigation into whether the agency broke a ban against domestic spying in its work with New York City police, top officials said Tuesday. Newly appointed CIA director David Petraeus, who took over the spy agency this month, said the probe by the agency’s inspector general would look at the […]

Special elections test Obama’s strength

Special elections test Obama’s strength

Democrat David Weprin faced an unusually tight race against Republican Bob Turner in a special election Tuesday in New York’s heavily Democratic 9th Congressional District, where voters unhappy with President Barack Obama could elect a Republican for the first time. The contest to replace disgraced Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner has become too close to call, […]

Tears unite Americans remembering 9/11

Tears unite Americans remembering 9/11

Tears flowed and bells tolled at Ground Zero as Americans marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in a rare moment of unity for a country still shaken by the horrific terror strikes. President Barack Obama and his predecessor and political foe George W. Bush stood together in New York for the main ceremony […]

Rebuilt Pentagon remembers 9/11

Rebuilt Pentagon remembers 9/11

Memories of horror and heroism echoed Sunday across the west side of the Pentagon where, a decade ago, a hijacked airplane carrying 59 doomed passengers and crew and 36,200 pounds of jet fuel smashed into the fortress-like military headquarters, killing all aboard and 125 inside. At a ceremony attended by an estimated 1,600 people, including […]

Pilot was ready to ram plane

Pilot was ready to ram plane

An F-16 pilot who scrambled on 9/11 to prevent another attack on the US capital says she was prepared to ram her plane into a hijacked aircraft — as there was no time to arm her plane with missiles. Amid fears another hijacked airliner was barreling towards Washington, Heather Penney, then a lieutenant in the […]

Time running out for Sarah Palin

Time running out for Sarah Palin

The clock is ticking for Sarah Palin, and her time is almost up. With Mitt Romney and Rick Perry taking control of a quickly shifting Republican presidential campaign, Palin may have already missed her best chance for a late entry in the race. “I think the window for Palin is closed, and every second that […]