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Nearly 1.3 million in Ohio sign recall of union-busting bill

The pro-labor coalition We Are Ohio delivered nearly 1.3 million signatures Wednesday to repeal SB 5, a new law restricting the collective-bargaining rights of public employees, placing it on the November 8 ballot. People’s World reported that the 1,298,301 signatures were delivered to the Secretary of State’s office by a…

Wisconsin Justice David Prosser grabs reporters microphone

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser grabbed the microphone of a local FOX6 reporter who asked him about allegations that he grabbed fellow justice Ann Walsh Bradley by the throat on June 13. He quickly gave the microphone back, but refused to answer any questions about the incident. Prosser was…

Jellyfish shut down British nuclear reactor

LONDON — A nuclear power station in eastern Scotland had to shut down its reactors after “high volumes” of jellyfish were found on its seawater filter screens, the operating company said Thursday. “Both units at Torness power station were manually shut down on 28 June, due to the high volumes…

Banker gets 30 years in big fraud case

WASHINGTON — A banker was given 30 years in prison Thursday in the $2.9 billion mortgage industry fraud that sank Colonial Bank in the biggest US bank collapse in 2009, the Justice Department announced. Lee Bentley Farkas was sentenced to jail by a Virginia court and fined $38.5 million as…

Argentina considers OPEC-like deal for lithium

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina is promoting the idea of an OPEC-like cartel for itself, Bolivia and Chile, which together control 85 percent of the world’s reserves of lithium, a key component in electric car batteries. “In the near future and with our production at such a high level, Bolivia, Argentina…

Gov. Jerry Brown signs California budget cuts

LOS ANGELES — California Governor Jerry Brown signed a state budget Thursday approved by the legislature that prescribes $15 billion in spending cuts in a bid to alleviate the crisis in the deficit-ridden state. It was the first time in years that California has adopted its budget on time. Last…

Education protests turn violent in Chile

A protest over educational reforms turned violent in the Chilean capital Thursday as police fired tear gas and water cannons on at least 100,000 demonstrators. The protesters are calling for greater government investment in public education. Watch video, courtesy of Reuters, below:…

Robots learn to cook together

Robots developed by the Munich Technical University understand the consequences of their actions and can learn from their mistakes. The two robots have learned how to cook breakfast together. Watch video, courtesy of Reuters, below:…

BP tries to put positive spin on negative report with ‘Orwellian tweet’

Energy giant BP tried Wednesday to put a positive spin on a new report that highlights the devastating impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill using their official Twitter account. “Annual #Beach Water Report released today includes info on improved conditions since #BP #oilspill,” the company tweeted. But the report by…

Rahm Emanuel backs same sex marriage legislation in Illinois

Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said he hopes Illinois will pass same sex marriage legislation like New York recently passed. “I would hope that the state would move in that direction” he said. Watch video, courtesy of CNN, below:…

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