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CNN reports: “The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a stay of execution for Cleve Foster, who was set to die in Texas later in the evening for a 2002 murder.”

Having already sufficiently changed the way you look up information, Google is now seeking to revolutionize how you pay for things.

The company on Monday night formally unveiled its long-awaited Google Wallet app, but it's only going to be available on the Sprint Nexus S 4G Android smartphone to begin with.

Also, for the time being, it only works at retail locations that are part of MasterCard's PayPass network. There are 140,000 such PayPass retail locations throughout the United States, USA Today reports. Find the nearest PayPass equipped location using this locator from Google.

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In the history of 'Anonymous' demonstrations, this was supposed to be the big one.

But the plan for some 20,000 anti-corporate protesters to descend upon lower Manhattan and occupy the physical space of Wall Street hit a few snags. Only 100-250 protesters remain in Zuccotti Park on Tuesday after a peak of around 2,000 on Saturday, and several protesters have been arrested under an antiquated "antimask" law.

Twitter accounts self-identified with the Anonymous hacktivist label have circulated reports that the crowd size has dwindled and the demonstration is in danger of sputtering out.

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House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) says Democrats may withhold their support for House legislation to fund the government if Republicans insist on pairing disaster relief with partisan budget cuts.

If Democrats vote against the funding bill en masse, it could leave House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) shy of the votes needed to pass the legislation, and force him to cut a deal on the Democrats' terms. Because if the impasse isn't bridged by the end of the month, the government will shut down.

"My presumption is they will offer a [funding bill] which has that offset in it and I think Democrats will be loath to support that effort," Hoyer told reporters at his weekly Capitol briefing.

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(Reuters) – Solyndra LLC’s chief executive and chief financial officer will invoke their Fifth Amendment rights and decline to answer any questions put to them at a Congressional hearing on Friday, according to letters from their attorneys obtained by Reuters.

President Obama spent the beginning of his trip to the United Nations General Assembly Monday striving to encourage other world leaders to support Libya's fledgling democracy with the United States taking a limited but key role.

With Libya and the Arab Spring, Obama's forged a foreign policy this year based on the U.S. playing a key role in corralling international support before taking military action or taking on state-building responsibilities.

Credit for Libya's liberation belongs to the Libyan people, Obama asserted, but Libya is also "a lesson in what the international community can achieve when we stand together as one," he will tell world leaders, according to prepared remarks.

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A new survey of Massachusetts from Public Policy Polling (D) has a stunning result -- with Republican Sen. Scott Brown narrowly trailing former White House financial reform adviser Elizabeth Warren, who officially launched her campaign last week and has been enjoying a round of positive press coverage.

The numbers: Warren 46%, Brown 44%. In the previous PPP numbers from June, Brown led the lesser-known Warren by 47%-32%.

The survey of registered voters was conducted from September 16-18, and has a ±3.5% margin of error.

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Perhaps file this one under wishful thinking: Attorney General Eric Holder told the European Parliament on Tuesday that the Obama administration is hoping to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay before the 2012 election.

The Obama administration, Holder said, wants to close the facility "as quickly as possible, recognizing that we will face substantial pressure."

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Al Jazeera's top executive on Tuesday announced he's stepping down after eight years at the helm of the Middle Eastern network.

Wadah Khanfar, who served as the network's director general, praised Al Jazeera's growth amid challenging circumstances.

"Al Jazeera gained the trust of its audience through consistently speaking truth to power, and channeling peoples' aspirations for dignity and freedom," Khanfar writes in his resignation letter. "Our audience quickly saw that Al Jazeera was of them and their world - it was not a foreign imposition nor did it seek to impose a partisan agenda. We were trusted to be objective and to be the voice of the voiceless."

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