Poll: Gov't favorability at 15-year low
A decade ago, Americans felt similarly about their local, state and federal governments. No longer.
Today, just one in three has a favorable view of the federal government — the lowest level in 15 years, according to a Pew survey. The majority of Americans remain satisfied with their local and state governments — 61 percent and 52 percent, respectively — but only 33 percent feel likewise about the federal government.[MORE]
New Secret Service scandal centers on strippers, prostitutes in El Salvador
Seattle-based Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne (KIROTV- CBS- COX MEDIA GROUP) just returned from El Salvador, where he interviewed a U.S. government subcontractor who worked extensively with the Secret Service advance team (snipers, K-9 and explosives sweeps) in San Salvador prior to President Obama’s trip there in March of 2011.
The eyewitness says he joined about a dozen Secret Service agents and a few U.S. military specialists at a strip club in San Salvador a few days before President Obama and his family arrived in El Salvador to meet with its new president, Mauricio Funes.[MORE]
Judge Declares State Worker Drug Testing Order Unconstitutional
A federal judge declared Gov. Rick Scott's order requiring drug testing for some 85,000 state workers unconstitutional Thursday, saying the governor showed no evidence of a drug problem at the agencies to warrant suspicionless testing.
The ruling marks the second blow to Scott's proposals regarding drug testing.[MORE]
Senators want to rid federal law of word 'lunatic'
Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) on Wednesday introduced legislation that would remove all references to the word "lunatic" from federal law, a step they said is needed to reflect the country's modern understanding of mental-health conditions.
Conrad said that by eliminating "lunatic" from federal law, the 21st Century Language Act, S. 2367, would help reduce the stigmatization of such conditions.[MORE]
Young People May Not Bother to Vote for Obama: Poll
President Obama may still have the support of the youth population, but will they turn out to vote for him? A new poll indicates that is uncertain.
A Gallup poll conducted earlier this week surveyed voter registration and likelihood to vote, broken down by age groups. Among the 18-29 set, 60 percent indicated that they are registered to vote. Obama enjoys a wide lead over Romney in this age group: 64 percent support Obama while only 29 percent support Romney. However, when asked if they definitely will vote in the general election, only 56 percent replied yes.[MORE]
Cooling Job Market Takes Toll on U.S. Confidence: Economy
More Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week and consumer confidence declined by the most in a year, signaling that a cooling labor market may restrain household spending.
Jobless claims fell to 388,000 from a revised 389,000 the prior week that was the highest since early January, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index declined to minus 35.8 from minus 31.4 the previous week.[MORE]
MTA: Subway Crime Soars; NYPD Releases Stunning Statistics
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is reporting a major surge in New York City subway crime.
The agency said pick pockets and other thieves are bumping up the crime rate by more than 20 percent this year compared to last, reports CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.[MORE]
Google rebuffs FCC over 'Wi-Spy' flap
Google rejected the FCC's argument that the company obstructed an investigation of the so-called Wi-Spy privacy flap — blaming the FCC in part for the delay — in a stinging rebuke filed with the agency Thursday.
At the same time, Google acknowledged for the first time in its formal response to the FCC that the Justice Department had already reviewed the case, and "concluded that it would not pursue a case for violation of the Wiretap Act."[MORE]
Thousands gather in Norway to denounce Breivik
Tens of thousands of rose-waving Norwegians gathered in rain-drenched Oslo Thursday to deride mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik by singing a song he hates, viewing it as Marxist indoctrination.
Some 40,000 people, according to police, massed in the rain at a square near the courthouse where Breivik is on trial for his July 22 attacks that killed 77 people, to sing "Children of the Rainbow" by Norwegian folk singer Lillebjoern Nilsen.[MORE]
Rupert Murdoch admits NoW phone-hacking culture of cover-up
Rupert Murdoch has admitted to the Leveson inquiry there was a "cover-up" at News International over the phone-hacking scandal.
Murdoch, the News Corp chairman and chief executive, giving his second day of evidence to the inquiry in London, said he was "misinformed and shielded" from what was going on at the News of the World, adding that there was a "cover-up".[MORE]
Outrage as Egypt plans 'farewell intercourse law' so husbands can have sex with DEAD wives up to six hours after their death
Egyptian husbands will soon be legally allowed to have sex with their dead wives - for up to six hours after their death.
The controversial new law is part of a raft of measures being introduced by the Islamist-dominated parliament.[MORE]
Massive Illegal Street Race Busted in Northwest Miami-Dade
State troopers blew the cover off an illegal street race in Northwest Miami-Dade Wednesday night after someone tipped them off.
Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Nelvys Hernandez says more than a thousand cars lined up on Okeechobee Road near Northwest 137th Avenue for the event, some to race, some to watch.[MORE]
Woman Faces Felony Charge Over $14 Electric Bill Rant
An Oklahoma City woman is facing a felony charge after she allegedly called in a bomb threat to Oklahoma Gas & Electric.
Her motive? She received a bill for $14.[MORE]