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‘Avengers’ draws anger over India slum scenes

The Avengers might be carrying all before it at the global box office, but in India, its healthy reported opening of INR110m (£1.3m) has been marred by high profile complaints over its portrayal of urban living conditions. Exception has been taken in regard to two brief scenes showing Bruce Banner…

NC governor: Marriage amendment ‘about taking away rights’

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) on Tuesday insisted that voters should cast their ballots against the state’s discriminatory constitutional amendment restricting marriage to “one man and one woman” because it was “about taking away rights.” While Perdue continues to be against marriage rights for North Carolina’s LGBT population, the…

Republican Senate candidate in ND can’t name minimum wage

A Republican Senate candidate in North Dakota and his staff found themselves stumped recently by a voter who wanted to know the state’s minimum wage. A video of the exchange between Rep. Nick Berg (R-ND) and a young woman was posted by the North Dakota Democratic Party on Monday. “I…

Maurice Sendak, author of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ dead at 83

Author Maurice Sendak, a forever favorite of children around the world for his magical stories and inventive illustrations — including his classic “Where The Wild Things Are” — died Tuesday at the age of 83. His publisher said Sendak, who had a long history of heart trouble, died in Danbury,…

Police brutally beat mentally ill California man in released video

Video revealing the circumstances of how a mentally ill homeless man in Fullerton, Calif. died last July was finally published Monday, revealing a stunningly brutal police assault that left Kelly Thomas bleeding, broken and near death. In the video, one of the officers can be heard telling Thomas, who was…

Romney: ‘I’ll take a lot of credit’ for saving the auto industry

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday gave himself kudos for the U.S. auto industry’s recovery because he had called to let car companies go bankrupt. “I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy,” the candidate told Cleveland’s WEWS-TV. “And finally, when that was done, and help was given,…

93-year-old woman suing Pennsylvania over voter ID law

Viviette Applewhite, like many elderly Americans, does hot have a birth certificate or a driver’s license. The 93-year-old grandmother is suing the state of Pennsylvania over its harsh new voter ID law, according to Think Progress. Applewhite said she has voted in every election since she voted for John F.…

Washington D.C. booms but unease at racial divide

It was once known as the “Murder Capital of the World,” a city beset by a crack epidemic, no-go areas and resulting crime which triggered decades of white flight to the suburbs. Decades on from its darkest days, however, Washington DC is experiencing an economic boom that has reversed its long-declining population and is…

Anti-gay group: Biden declared war on 30 states

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, blasted Vice President Joe Biden on Monday for claiming same sex couples should have the same rights as opposite sex couples. “It’s always hard to know what Vice President Biden is doing whenever he speaks,” Brown said. “He could be launching…

Abbott Labs fined $1.6 billion over drug marketing

WASHINGTON — Drugmaker Abbott Laboratories has been fined $1.6 billion for marketing its anti-seizure medication Depakote for other unauthorized uses, US authorities and the company announced Monday. The Department of Justice said Abbott pleaded guilty and would pay a criminal fine and forfeiture of $700 million, and pay another $800…

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