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Canadian telecom giant Research in Motion declared it's nearly-week long global BlackBerry outage to be over in a press conference at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, but said it was still struggling to identify exactly what caused the catastrophic failure in the first place.

"All services are back up globally," confirmed RIM founder and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis in the teleconference.

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Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has been accused of a lot of things: torturing political opponents, overseeing a corruption-filled regime and living a lavish lifestyle as most of his people languish in poverty. Now he can add not paying his legal fees to an American lawyer to his list.

Lanny Davis, who previously represented the government of deposed Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo, is suing the Republic of Equatorial Guinea for stiffing him on a legal bill.

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In an apparent answer to the White House's jobs proposal, Senate Republicans are planning to unveil what they call the "Real American Jobs Act."

The bill lays out a distinctly conservative vision for the U.S. economy that would lower tax rates for individuals and businesses, pursue free trade, and roll back environmental regulations while expanding domestic energy production. To top it off, Republicans would seek to pass a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, Politico reports.

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President Obama is offering an especially warm welcome to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok Thursday after the House and Senate approved three free-trade agreements last night, the South Korea deal being the largest and packing the most economic punch.

The approval of all three deals - with South Korea, Columbia and Panama -- ends a years-long impasse and hands President Obama an impressive victory and some nice timing for the South Korean President's visit.

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Speaking on his radio show yesterday, Rush Limbaugh lashed out against GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

“Romney is not a conservative,” the conservative commentator said. “He’s not, folks. You can argue with me all day long on that, but he isn’t… This isn’t personal, not with what country faces and so forth. I like him very much. I’ve spent some social time with him. He’s a fine guy. He’s very nice gentleman. He is a gentleman. But he’s not a conservative.”

Updated 11:40 a.m. ET, Thursday, October 13 The global BlackBerry outage that began on Monday, worsening to affect an estimated 35 million users, nearly half of the total BlackBerry subscribers out there, hadn't been entirely fixed by parent company Research in Motion (RIM) as of Thursday a.m. ET.

Still, RIM co-founder and CEO Mike Lazaridis decided the time was right to make a public apology, via an ultra simple YouTube video.

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It was bound to happen eventually.

In an interview with The Des Moines Register published on Wednesday night, Rick Perry - Texas Governor and former Texas A&M yell leader - was asked: What yell would you give to urge on your campaign?

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Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) will continue her attempts to woo businessman and part-time GOP kingmaker Donald Trump at a meeting in his New York City offices on Thursday, ABC News is reporting.

This will be the third meeting between the pair, and it may turn out to be the most important for the candidate. Bachmann has been suffering lately; consistently hanging in the single digits in most national and state polls.

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U.S. officials have had “direct contact” with the country of Iran regarding the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S. They have not provided any further information as to what that contact actually looked like.