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Liberal Portland mayor emerges as Occupy critic

PORTLAND, Ore (Reuters) – Portland Mayor Sam Adams is a self-described strong liberal, but despite sharing the politics of many anti-Wall Street protesters who rocked his city, he has also emerged as one of their harshest critics. Adams told Reuters this week in an interview at City Hall in Portland…

Arrests as police clear Occupy Boston camp

BOSTON (Reuters) – Police made dozens of arrests early Saturday as they cleared away the remaining Occupy Boston encampment in the city’s financial district in a mostly peaceful action. Authorities, including more than 100 police officers, swept into the area before sunrise, when many of the campers were asleep, and…

Occupy Wall Street reaches the North Pole via Internet

The Occupy Wall Street movement reached Santa’s workshop on Friday, at least in the imagination of a Miami web firm that has come up with a way to rant with wit over the Christmas holiday. Occupy North Pole (www.occupynorthpole.net) features a platoon of elves in green tights waving placards bearing…

Women’s groups unite for 2012 US election

Some 40 women’s groups in the United States have teamed up for the 2012 presidential election to defend gains made on women’s issues in recent decades and ensure they vote. Known as HERvotes, the non-partisan outfit includes the National Organization of Women as well as groups representing jurists, African-Americans, Latinas,…

Retail chain pressured into pulling advertising from reality show about Muslims

The cable channel TLC may have thought it was promoting the cause of ethnic and religious harmony by running a program that sympathetically examines the lives of five ordinary American Muslim families. But now the show itself has become a source of conflict, with the conservative Florida Family Association urging…

Alabama to revise immigration law after embarrassing gaffes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) – Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said on Friday he would work to revise the state’s tough new immigration law following embarrassing incidents where foreign workers were detained because they were not carrying sufficient identification. Bentley, House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, said…

Undocumented immigrant booted from Romney event

A former Washington Post reporter, who says he’s also an undocumented immigrant, was kicked out of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s town hall event in Iowa Friday. Jose Antonio Vargas showed up at the Romney town hall in Cedar Rapids holding a sign that read, “I am an American w/o…

EPA: Fracking chemicals likely tainted Wyoming drinking water

Chemicals used in a controversial method of natural gas extraction known as hydrolic fracturing, or “fracking,” have likely tainted well water used for drinking supplies in Wyoming, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday. The agency said Thursday night that it discovered high levels of benzene in well water near…

Ex-FBI agent who vanished in Iran pleads for help in mysterious video

In a case that’s gotten little media coverage, unknown captors have been holding retired FBI agent Robert Levinson hostage for the last five years, some believe in Iran. But a new video released on Friday looks like it may elevate the story to the level of a true international crisis.…

Woman busted for cooking meth inside Tulsa Walmart

A woman in Tulsa, Oklahoma was arrested Thursday for trying to set up a meth lab inside a Walmart store. Police said security footage showed Elizabeth Alisha Greta Halfmoon, 45, in the store for at least six hours gathering the chemicals needed to manufacture methamphetamine. Halfmoon told officers she was…

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