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Treasury Seeks Brainy Search Engine to Help Follow Terrorist Money

The Treasury Department is searching for a supersmart search engine to spot signs of terrorist financing and money laundering among monetary transactions totaling 9 terabytes of data -- the equivalent of a stack of typewritten pages nearly 460 miles high.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 10:40am

Glitter Bombs: Weapons of Mass Reactions

On Saturday, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., became the latest Republican politician to get hit with this season's most festive form of political direct action: A glitter bomb. At a speaking gig in Minneapolis, attorney and gay-rights activist Rachel E.B.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 10:40am

The Jon Huntsman Pitch for Himself

Update: Jon Huntsman has announced he's running. "For the sake of the younger generation, it concerns me that civility humanity and respect are sometimes lost in our interactions as Americans... Our political debates today are corrosive... We will conduct this campaign on the high road. ... We're not just choosing new leaders. We're choosing whether we're yesterday's story, or tomorrow's."

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 10:40am

Banks are Finally Lending, But Some Fear They Aren't Charging Enough for the Risk

Investors want loans. Banks want to boost their revenues. But recent data has caused analysts and regulators to fear that in their bid for business from corporate borrowers, banks aren’t charging enough to cover the risks they are assuming, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 10:40am

PICTURES: The FDA’s New Cigarette Warning Labels

The Food and Drug Administration announced the first new cigarette warning labels in more than 25 years on June 21. The agency hopes the labels, which will start appearing on cigarette packs late next year, will lead to a decrease in the number of smokers. Here are the nine labels the FDA settled on, some of which are graphic.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 9:40am

The Man Who Robbed a Bank for $1 to Get Health Care Coverage

America has found a new folk hero. On June 9, a 59-year-old man entered an RBC bank in Gastonia, N.C., and attempted to rob it of a single dollar so he could receive health care in prison, according to the police report.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 9:40am

FDA Releases New Warning Labels for Cigarette Packages

The Food and Drug Administration released new warning labels for cigarette packages on Tuesday, with photographs showing a dead body after an autopsy, a man exhaling smoke through a tracheostomy, and other images of health problems meant to deter smokers.

Tobacco companies have until next year to put them on all packs of cigarettes.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 9:40am

Feinstein's Favorability Fading

Less than half of California voters are inclined to re-elect Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., according to a new Field poll that shows her approval ratings well below her normal levels of support.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 9:40am

FTC Investigation: Is the Oil Industry Manipulating Gas Prices?

After months of more expensive gasoline driven by wildly fluctuating oil prices, the Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation of oil and gas markets to determine whether or not they engaged in anti-competitive conduct and price manipulation, The Washington Post reports.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 9:40am

Huntsman: 'I'm a candidate for... President of the United States'

President Obama's former ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, is making known his ambitions to oust his ex-boss in just-released speech excerpts.

"I'm a candidate for the office of president of the United States of America," Huntsman will tell supporters in Jersey City, at a spot overlooking the Statue of Liberty, according to selections of the speech emailed to reporters by his campaign.

Huntsman, whose initial political moves indicate that he's aiming to build a centrist coalition, promises to campaign with civility.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 8:40am