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LA cars, homes ablaze in massive arson spree

Police in Los Angeles, with help from federal investigators, were searching Saturday for one or more suspects said to have set more than 30 vehicle fires in one of the worst arson sprees in city history. Fire officials said they have responded to some 30 fires, including 13 cases of…

California law turns up heat on labor conditions

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A new California law will force retailers and manufacturers to disclose from 2012 how they guard against slavery and human trafficking throughout their supply chains, ratcheting up scrutiny over some of the largest U.S. corporations. From January 1, about 3,200 major companies doing business or based…

Financial dispute delays 9/11 museum opening

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York will not be ready in time for its planned 2012 opening on the 11th anniversary of the attacks, due to a financial dispute between agencies involved in its construction, officials said on Friday. Arguing over money are…

White House Republican hopefuls make last Iowa push

Republican presidential hopefuls crisscrossed Iowa Saturday as they made a final frenzied push for votes ahead of the heartland state’s first-in-the-nation contest to pick the party’s nominee. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, savoring his regained frontrunner status, ripped President Barack Obama’s annual vacation to his native state of Hawaii as…

Obama urges voters to keep pressing for change

US President Barack Obama on Saturday told Americans to keep reminding Congress of what is at stake in their lives, as he predicted change in 2012 — the year in which he will seek reelection. In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president also called on Congress to extend…

Court challenge filed to Wisconsin anti-union law

By Jeff Mayers MADISON, Wisc (Reuters) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court should void a controversial state law curbing the power of public sector unions because a judge who ruled on the law had a conflict of interest, a county attorney said on Friday. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said…

Court delays strict new federal pollution rule at last minute

The U.S. District Court of Appeals granted a request to stay the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) pending further court review. The EPA finalized the rule in July, setting much stricter limits on sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide emissions from power plants in 27 states to…

Bachmann, Santorum have no delegates on Tennessee primary ballot

The Knoxville News reported on Friday that four out of the nine Republican presidential candidates have no committed delegates on the March 6 primary ballot. The four are Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Gary Johnson, and Buddy Roemer, while Jon Huntsman has only three potential delegates pledged to him. Under Tennessee’s…

Study: Bad weather makes voters more liberal

Voters who have experienced severe weather events are more likely to be in favor of environmental legislation — even if it comes at a cost of restricting some individual freedoms, according to a soon-to-be-published study. In a 2009 Internet survey of about 2,500 Americans, four Hamilton College economists found that…

Judge blocks California attempt to lower greenhouse gas emissions

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge blocked California’s signature attempt to lower greenhouse gas emissions, a victory for out-of-state ethanol producers and refiners that has California’s air quality board vowing to appeal. U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill in Fresno on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction against a regulation adopted…

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