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UN expert calls for U.S. return of native lands

The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples has called on the United States to mitigate the “sense of loss” among the Native American community by restoring some tribal lands. James Anaya, made the comments after a 12-day tour of the United States, during which he met with…

Obama ‘Ready to Go’ with first campaign rallies

US President Barack Obama holds his first official reelection rallies Saturday at an unfortunate moment, as signs of the strong economic rebound he hopes to ride to a second term seem to be dimming. Introduced by popular First Lady Michelle Obama, the president will seek to fire up the vast…

House bill would make visas for undocumented abuse victims contingent on testimony of abuser

For the past several weeks, Congressional Republicans have been attempting to obstruct the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act because they object to its addition of protections for immigrants, Native Americans, and members of the LGBT community. The law was initially passed in 1994 and was renewed by unanimous…

Police: On-duty Secret Service agent involved in fatal accident

Police said Friday that an as-yet unidentified Secret Service agent struck a pedestrian with his car on Thursday afternoon, and she died a short time later. The agent remained on the scene and cooperated with authorities, according to NBC New York. His victim, 47-year-old Maria Tripp, from Brooklyn, was pronounced…

14 people fall ill from contact with tainted dog food

Tainted dog food has sickened at least 14 people in the United States, health officials said Friday. “Humans can become ill by handling pet products contaminated with salmonella, and by coming in contact with pets or with surfaces that have been contaminated,” Ohio’s health department said in a statement. Health…

Junior Seau’s brain donated for NFL injury research

The family of Junior Seau, the former San Diego Charges player who died on Wednesday, has agreed to let researchers study his brain. Police found Seau, who had a 20-year career in the NFL, at his home in southern California, having died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.…

TransCanada proposes new oil pipeline through Nebraska

A Canadian firm has reapplied for a US permit to build a multi-billion dollar Canada-US oil pipeline, after its first proposal was rejected over environmental concerns, both sides said Friday. The US State Department said it is “committed to conducting a rigorous, transparent and thorough review” of the northern leg…

Romney attacks Obama for not keeping unemployment below 4 percent

As the unemployment rate hit a three-year low of 8.1 percent on Friday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney escalated attacks on President Barack Obama by moving the bar to 4 percent. “Just this morning there was some news that came across the wire that said that the unemployment rate…

Chicago billboard compares belief in climate change to mass murder

Update: Heartland Institute withdraws billboard after less than 24 hours, calling it an “experiment” that “angered” many Update (below): Famed environmentalist thanks group for billboards A Chicago-based climate denial group has posted the first of several billboards to come that depict famous mass murderers who allegedly endorse climate change, asking…

Long-term unemployment remains virtually unchanged in economic recovery

Before the birth of her fourth child, Keron Bartholomew decided she needed to be near her family in Orlando, Florida. Her partner, Fernando Bogle, was still in college in New York, and was hoping to become a pharmacist. He planned to join them when he graduated. But within a year…

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