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VIA MSNBC: HOUSTON – The Los Angeles County coroner ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide Monday after a search warrant affidavit revealed that Jackson had lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol in his system when he died. The document unsealed Monday allowed officials to raid the Houston offices and storage facility of Dr. Conrad […]

VIA CNN: ST. LOUIS, Missouri (CNN) — Michael and Steven Roberts didn’t have two quarters to rub together a couple of decades ago. Now, the two African-American business leaders estimate their holdings — from hotels to TV stations — are worth $1 billion. One St. Louis hotel they own once barred black people. “Black folks […]

VIA CNN: WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Obama has approved the establishment of a special unit of terrorist interrogators based out of the FBI, senior administration officials said Monday. The move comes in the wake of criticism of questionable CIA interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding and the transfer of detainees to countries where torture is common. […]

VIA CNN: WASHINGTON (CNNMoney.com) — President Obama announced Tuesday that he plans to nominate Ben Bernanke to a second term as head of the Federal Reserve. “Ben Bernanke, has led the Fed through the one of the worst financial crises that this nation and this world have ever faced,” Obama said from Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., […]

(Washington, DC) — It’s the end of the road for the “Cash for Clunkers” program next Monday. The Obama administration is ending the popular initiative, which paid consumers up to 45-hundred dollars to trade in gas-guzzling vehicles for new, more fuel-efficient ones. Increased sales prompted General Motors to restart idled production lines, rehire workers and […]

VIA EURWEB: While folks continue to debate whether or not Michelle Obama should be wearing shorts, the First Lady finds she was announced Thursday as No. 40 on the newly-announced Forbes 100 list of most powerful women in the world. “Not only is she a First Lady, she’s the first African-American First Lady and that […]

VIA WJLA: WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new poll says that Americans, concerned over the future of health care reform and anxious about the growing federal budget deficit, are losing faith in President Barack Obama. The Washington Post-ABC News survey found that less that half of Americans – 49 percent – say they believe the president […]

VIA REUTERS: NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress pleaded guilty to a gun possession charge on Thursday and agreed to a two-year prison sentence in what the Super Bowl hero’s lawyer called an agonizing decision. Burress, 31, caught the winning touchdown in the Giants’ Super Bowl victory in February […]

VIA CNN: NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The number of Americans filing for initial unemployment insurance rose last week, the government said Thursday, surprising economists. There were 576,000 initial jobless claims filed in the week ended Aug. 15, up from a revised 561,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said in a weekly report. A consensus […]

The “Cash for Clunkers” deal may be placed in “park” soon. The government is eyeing early September as the time to conclude to the program so dealers don’t continue promising rebates to consumers after the money runs out. Under the program, consumers get up to a $4500 rebate for their gas-guzzling trade-ins. Copyright © 2009 […]