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U.S. builds sea fence to stop Mexican immigrant wave

LOS ANGELES — The United States is building a barrier stretching 300 feet (90 meters) out into the Pacific to bar illegal immigrants from using a low-tide route to flood into southern California from Mexico. The $4.3 million project will replace a dilapidated border fence with an 18-foot (nearly six-meter)…

Police hold off on eviction of Los Angeles ‘Occupy’ camp

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Throngs of anti-Wall Street activists hunkered down in their Los Angeles camp for another night of uncertainty early on Tuesday as police stayed largely on the sidelines 24 hours after a deadline to vacate passed. But crowds that had swelled to more than 2,000 at their…

Wisconsin Democrats hit halfway mark in recall effort against Gov. Walker

Organizers working on a campaign to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch are more than half-way to their goal, they announced Monday. United Wisconsin, which teamed up with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, has collected 300,000 signed petitions since November 15. They need to collect 540,206…

‘Cyber Monday’ sizzles with online shopping

SAN FRANCISCO — US shoppers were on pace to drive “Cyber Monday” sales to a new record high as people flocked the Internet to snap up deals offered by online retailers. By mid-afternoon in New York, IBM Benchmark reported that online sales on the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday were…

Senate faces key vote on indefinite detention

WASHINGTON — The polarized US Senate pressed ahead Monday towards a key mid-week vote on a sweeping military spending bill that has drawn a White House veto threat over new rules on detention of suspected terrorists. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid set up a midday Wednesday procedural vote to…

White House shooter declared fit to stand trial

WASHINGTON — A man charged with attempting to assassinate US President Barack Obama by firing an assault rifle at the White House has been declared fit to stand trial, but the government Monday called for more tests and a full competency hearing. Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, 21, who allegedly called Obama the…

Cain breaks the news that another accuser is coming forward

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on Monday preemptively denied having a 13-year-long affair with Atlanta woman Ginger White. Before an Atlanta FOX affiliate’s report was even able to air the allegations, Cain appeared on CNN to claim the accusations were false. “This individual’s going to accuse me of an affair…

U.S. new-home sales edge up in October

WASHINGTON — Sales of new homes in the United States edged up in October, but not enough to curb the steady fall in prices, Commerce Department data showed Monday. New homes sold at a pace of 307,000 a year, compared to 303,000 in September and 282,000 a year earlier. But…

Judge rejects Citigroup deal with SEC

NEW YORK — A US judge Monday rejected a $285 million settlement Citigroup made with US regulators over its marketing of mortgage securities that quickly went sour, saying the bank was getting off lightly. New York federal court judge Jed Rakoff scolded the Securities and Exchange Commission for agreeing to…

Civil rights groups uneasy about tea party election-monitoring effort

An election-monitoring campaign spearheaded by the King Street Patriots, a local tea party group based in Houston, has civil rights groups worried about voter intimidation during the 2012 elections. “They’re trying to put in place a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist,” Judith Browne-Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project,…

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