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Mexican gangs control majority of prisons: ombudsman

MEXICO CITY — Mexican gangs control 60 percent of the country’s prisons, where they hold cell keys, punish inmates and charge for protection, a human rights report said in the wake of a mass escape. The government’s National Human Rights Commission issued the report after visiting around 100 state prisons…

Romney-backer Sheldon Adelson accused of commandeering Israel’s media market

GOP backer Adelson accused of commandeering Israel's media market Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson grabbed the spotlight in the US earlier this year for making multi-million dollar campaign contributions to Republican presidential candidates on the bet that their policies would better jibe with those of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu than with…

Court decision produces twist in Wisconsin union fight

Court decision produces twist in Wisconsin union fight In Wisconsin, the tug of war over unions shows no signs of letting up. Following the ruling earlier this month that struck down parts of the state’s stringent collective-bargaining law, public-sector unions are now pressing for a quick return to the negotiating…

10 million Hispanics could be affected by state voter ID laws, study says

State ID laws: 10 million Hispanic voters could be affected, study says New restrictive voting laws in 23 states could make it more difficult for a significant number of Latino voters to cast ballots in the November presidential election, according to a new study released on Monday. Voter ID laws,…

Goebbels love letters and fiction go to auction

NEW YORK — Poems, love letters and works of fiction written by Joseph Goebbels before he became Adolf Hitler’s propaganda chief went on sale this week near New York. Alexander Historical Auctions described the archive of Goebbels’ pre-war literary efforts as “the most important cache of World War II autographs…

Libyan president vows his country will not be a burden

NEW YORK — New Libyan President Mohamed al-Megaryef on Monday vowed his country would not be a burden to the international community as he held his first face-to-face talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. After voicing his condolences again for a militant attack on the US mission in…

Facebook shares tumble on negative comments

NEW YORK — Facebook shares plunged on Monday after Barron’s, the influential markets-focused newspaper and website, said the stock was still sharply overvalued and were possibly only worth $15. The shares slumped 9.06 percent to end the day at $20.79, after dipping as low as $20.36. The fall came after…

Two Marines face courts martial over Taliban urination

WASHINGTON — Two US Marines will face trial by courts martial for urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan and posing for photographs with them, the Pentagon said on Monday. The charges against Staff Sergeants Joseph Chamblin and Edward Deptola come a month after three other Marines…

Iran unveils drone amid Israel tensions

TEHRAN — Iran has tested anti-air and anti-ship missiles and unveiled a new drone, its powerful Revolutionary Guards said on Monday, in a show of military readiness for a war with Israel their chief says is inevitable. Medium-range surface-to-air missiles designed to knock attacking aircraft out of the sky at…

Romney-Ryan campaign kicks off 3-day Ohio bus tour

LIMA, Ohio — Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan rolled out Monday on a three-day bus tour across Ohio, a battleground state seen as critically important for the Republican ticket’s White House hopes. Trailing President Barack Obama in national polls as well as in most swing states after a difficult…

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