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MF Global workers sue Corzine, other execs

(Reuters) – Past and present MF Global employees sued ex-CEO Jon Corzine and other executives over alleged misrepresentations they say destroyed the value of the company’s stock. Two former employees are seeking class-action status on behalf of any current or former MF Global worker who bought company shares through stock purchase plans since mid-2010. Corzine, the…

AIDS group seeks Los Angeles referendum on porn star condom use

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Voters in the city of Los Angeles, home to the nation’s porn industry, could be asked next year whether condoms should be required in adult film shoots to cut down on sexually transmitted diseases. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation said on Monday it had submitted about 71,000…

U.S. may issue record fine to Massey Energy for accident: report

(Reuters) – Federal regulators are expected to issue the largest fine ever to a U.S. mining company in connection with the Massey Energy accident last year that killed 29 coal miners in West Virginia, the Wall Street Journal said, citing two people briefed on the matter. The Mine Safety and…

Reagan shooter says he is safe to release

WASHINGTON — A lawyer for John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate then-president Ronald Reagan in 1981, sought Monday to prove his client can be safely released 30 years after the attack. Hinckley, 56, was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting of Reagan and…

Rep. Grijalva calls for Arpaio to resign over mishandled sex-crime cases

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) on Monday called for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to resign after the Associated Press reported that his office had inadequately investigated more than 400 sex-crime investigations during a three-year period. Current and former police officers familiar with the cases told the Associated Press that…

Anti-Wall Street groups arrive for Washington meet

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters and union activists on Monday began to arrive in Washington for a campaign in which they aim to “Take back the Capitol from corporate control.” A week of demonstrations and sit-ins are planned “in the name of the 99 percent,” that the anti-corporate…

Key senators urge review of aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON — The United States must “fully review” ties to Pakistan and weigh possible cuts or new restrictions to military and economic aid, Republican US Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham urged Monday. “The United States has been incredibly patient with Pakistan. And we have been so despite certain undeniable…

Romney staff spent nearly $100,000 to hide records

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney spent nearly $100,000 in state funds to replace computers in his office at the end of his term as governor of Massachusetts in 2007 as part of an unprecedented effort to keep his records secret, Reuters has learned. The move during the final weeks of…

Obama presses payroll tax cut extension

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama chastised Republican lawmakers Monday for failing to act to extend a cut in payroll taxes set to expire at the end of the year. In comments at the White House, Obama said Republicans were blocking the measure to avoid allowing a hike in taxes to…

U.S. backs envoy after anti-Semitism remarks

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s administration on Monday rejected Republican calls to fire the US ambassador to Belgium after he said that the Middle East conflict was partly to blame for anti-Semitism. Ambassador Howard Gutman, who is Jewish and the son of a Holocaust survivor, said in a speech that…

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