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Report details harassment claim against Congressman Hastings

(Reuters) – The House Ethics Committee on Wednesday detailed a woman’s allegations of sexual harassment, including unwelcome physical contact, by Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings, and the panel’s top members said further review of the case was warranted. The accusations against Hastings, 75, a 10-term Democrat whose South Florida district includes…

Mississippi suspends controversial mass pardon

The US state of Mississippi has temporarily suspended a mass 11th-hour pardon that set four convicted murderers free and sparked outrage among victims and law enforcement officials. The state’s attorney general argued Wednesday that the surprise decision by outgoing governor Haley Barbour to pardon some 200 prison inmates — including…

Man charged with child cruelty at Occupy DC

Police have charged a man at the Occupy DC encampment with cruelty to children after he left his toddler alone in a cold tent for at least 30 minutes. Protesters camped at McPherson Square in Washington, DC wrapped the 13-month-old girl in a blanket and called police after they heard…

Poverty to keep rising due to slow recovery: study

(Reuters) – Nearly 10 million more Americans have been driven into poverty since the 2007-2009 recession began, and the number is expected to increase due to the slow pace of the recovery, according to a study released Wednesday by Indiana University. The study found the number of Americans living in…

Dept. of Transportation allegedly withholding data on domestic drone flights

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday for allegedly withholding records pertaining to the use of unmanned aircraft within the United States. “Drones give the government and other unmanned aircraft operators a powerful new surveillance tool to gather extensive and intrusive…

Republicans move to control Keystone approval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans, who are urging President Barack Obama to back the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline, are now working on plans to take the reins of approval from the hands of the president should the White House say no. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, whose state is…

Buffett offers to match Republican donations to pay down deficit

WASHINGTON — U.S. tycoon Warren Buffett has challenged Republicans in Congress to make personal contributions to cut the US deficit, vowing to match their donations dollar-for-dollar. Answering Republican calls for the mega-billionaire to donate money to the US Treasury if he wants to help with deficit reduction, Buffett told Time…

Hundreds rally in U.S. against Guantanamo

WASHINGTON — Ten years after the first “war on terror” inmates arrived at the US-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, hundreds of protesters rallied in Washington on Wednesday, demanding the facility be closed for good. “Ten years too long, ten years too late,” chanted the activists, some in orange prison jumpsuits,…

First Native American lesbian elected to Minnesota House

Susan Allen became the first openly lesbian Native American to be elected to a state legislature after winning a special election in Minnesota on Tuesday night. The Democratic candidate beat her Republican opponent, Nathan Blumenshine, by a 53 percent to 43 percent vote. Allen will replace Democrat Jeffrey Hayden, who…

Romney’s cash conspicuous for a White House hopeful

WASHINGTON — Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney “is probably one of the richest people ever to run for President of the United States” according to his party rival Rick Perry. With an estimated net worth of $250 million, Romney is certainly very wealthy compared with most Americans. And after the biggest…

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