Sep 13, 2011, 11:55 p.m.

Number of poor hit record 46 million in 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A record 46 million Americans were living in poverty in 2010, pushing the U.S. poverty rate to its highest level since 1993, according to a government report on Tuesday on the grim effects of stubbornly high unemployment. Underscoring the economic challenges that face President Barack Obama and Congress, the U.S. Census Bureau said the poverty rate rose for a third consecutive year to hit 15.1 percent in 2010. The number in poverty was the largest since the government first began publishing estimates in 1959.

Release of key BP oil spill probe expected soon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The results of a pivotal federal U.S. probe of last year's massive BP oil spill could be released as early as Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the matter. The final report from U.S. Coast Guard and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) investigators has been heavily anticipated by investors eager for clues on possible legal ramifications BP and its partners may face from the drilling disaster.

Casey Anthony's mother raises possibility of seizure

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Casey Anthony may have suffered a seizure on the day her 2 year-old daughter Caylee died, Casey's mother said in an interview with talk show host Phil McGraw that aired on Tuesday, according to media reports. The exclusive "Dr. Phil" interview with George and Cindy Anthony came two months after Casey Anthony was acquitted of a murder charge in Caylee's 2008 death in a sensational Florida criminal trial that earned massive media attention.

Some pro-Israel groups defend U.S. aid to Palestinians

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Worried about possible U.S. aid cuts to the Palestinians, some American Jewish groups find themselves in the peculiar position of defending the funding, particularly money that supports Palestinian security forces. The Congress has threatened to review the roughly $500 million in annual aid to the Palestinians if they seek full membership at the United Nations, a step opposed by Israel and the United States.

Wal-Mart aims to do more work with women

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc will double the money it spends with women-owned businesses, train women around the world and push major suppliers to use more women and minorities on work they do for the retailer as it keeps trying to shed a poor corporate image. The moves, being unveiled by Chief Executive Mike Duke and others on Wednesday, come after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out women's massive class-action sex-discrimination lawsuit against the world's largest retailer in June.

CIA reviewing ties with New York police department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA inspector general is reviewing the spy agency's ties with the New York Police Department after critics questioned whether the relationship amounted to "domestic spying" that infringed civil liberties. A U.S. Muslim civil liberties organization last month called for a federal investigation into a report the Central Intelligence Agency was helping New York City police gather information from mosques and minority neighborhoods.

Republican wins in New York Democratic stronghold

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