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‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters allowed back into Zuccotti Park

Two months after the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters were evicted from New York City’s Zuccotti Park, police on Tuesday removed the metal barricades surrounding the park and allowed the public back in. The barricades were removed only a day after the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Constitutional…

Court: Oklahoma can’t enforce Sharia law ban

DENVER (Reuters) – A federal appeals court upheld an injunction against a voter-approved ban on Islamic law in Oklahoma on Tuesday, saying it likely violated the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against religion. A three-member panel of the Denver-based U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the rights of…

Senor Romney? Candidate’s Mexican roots revealed

NEW YORK — Could Mitt Romney become el presidente — or at least, America’s first president with a Mexican-born father? US news reports this week shed light on a little-known side to the leading Republican candidate to take on President Barack Obama: his surprisingly strong Mexican roots. The wealthy former…

U.S. again calls on Iran to cease enrichment work

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday there was “no plausible justification” for Iran’s production of enriched uranium at a new site, again calling on Tehran to cease all such work. In a toughening of tone from Washington, Clinton said confirmation from the UN atomic watchdog that…

Obama meets Saudi Foreign Minister at White House

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Tuesday met Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal for talks, as the allies face a nuclear showdown with Iran, a political crisis in Yemen and other key issues. “The President and Prince Saud affirmed the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia…

Ron Paul’s campaign defends Romney’s ‘I like to fire people’ remark

Ron Paul’s presidential campaign defended rival Mitt Romney on Tuesday and accused Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Jon Hunstman of using “leftist tactics” against him. “Two important issues that should unite Republicans are a belief in free markets and an understanding that the media often use ‘gotcha’ tactics to discredit…

Retiring Sen. Kohl endorses openly-gay Baldwin for Senate

Retiring Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) endorsed Tammy Baldwin’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Monday as she opened her Senate campaign headquarters in Milwaukee, according to WISN.com Baldwin, who is currently representing Wisconsin’s 2nd district in the U.S. House, is running for the seat being vacated by Kohl. “We are…

Oklahoma lawmaker pushes for gay ban in National Guard

Oklahoma Rep. Mike Reynolds (R) has proposed legislation to reinstate the military’s controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the state’s National Guard, according to The Tulsa World. The policy, which prohibited openly gay members from serving in the military, came to an end in September of 2011. An estimated…

Fed pays near-record billions to U.S. Treasury

The Federal Reserve said Tuesday it had paid $76.9 billion to theUS Treasury from its estimated 2011 earnings, mainly income from interest collected on a range of securities. The amount was only three percent below the 2010 record payment of $79.3 billion, and reflected the extraordinary actions the Fed has taken to prop up…

Raleigh, Burlington ranked healthiest U.S. cities

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Women in the United States looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle might consider moving south, while heading north could be a better option for men. Raleigh in North Carolina has been rated the healthiest U.S. city for women, while Burlington, Vermont has earned the same accolade for men,…

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