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Romney heckled in New York: ‘You’re a racist!’

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney came to New York City on Tuesday to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden — but had his event somewhat spoiled by a very loud activist who repeatedly yelled that he was a “racist.” Appearing with former New York…

Japanese tsunami debris heading to Hawaii

Wreckage from Japan’s tsunami – fishing gear and furniture, footballs and ships – has swept across the Pacific far faster than expected, with thousands of tonnes projected to land on North American shores this year. Scientists believe lighter objects such as buoys and oil drums began reaching land last November…

Media watchdog group: Internet freedom threatened by ‘hasty legislation’

Governments across the world – including those in the US and UK – are posing a threat to internet freedom through “hasty” legislation passed due to security fears, the head of an international media watchdog has warned. Dunja Mijatovic, the representative for freedom of the media for the 56 countries…

Team Obama targets Romney’s Swiss bank account in economic reelection strategy

A new ad by Obama for America (embedded below) that targets presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s hidden Swiss bank account is the latest in the campaign’s effort to call the former Massachusetts governor’s economic policies into question. Taking a page from Republican strategist Karl Rove, the president appears to…

N.Y. State Assembly passes transgender rights bill

For the fifth time, the New York State Assembly has passed a bill enshrining non-discrimination rights for transgendered people in the state’s charter. According to Advocate.com, the bill must now move to the State Senate, where, so far, every such rights bill has failed to pass. Raw Story spoke to…

New York ‘Occupy’ stages ‘general strike’ on May Day

Occupy Wall Street protesters took to New York’s streets Tuesday in the highlight of a plan to mount a “general strike” across the United States. Small groups of protesters held simultaneous demonstrations outside a string of Manhattan corporate institutions including the Time-Life building and McGraw Hill publishers in the Rockefeller…

NC man films himself firing shotgun at pro-LGBT rights sign

Video of a North Carolina man firing a shotgun at a sign against the state’s proposed amendment banning same sex marriage has gone viral, even after he removed it from YouTube. “Right now there is this amendment trying to be passed, Amendment One, and it’s going to state that marriage…

Christie: Romney ‘might be able to convince me’ to be VP

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday said that he could be persuaded to accept the job of vice president because presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is “a convincing guy.” “I really have no interest in being vice president, but if Gov. Romney called and asked me to…

FBI: Five arrested in plot to blow up Ohio bridge

Five self-described anarchists have been arrested in a plot to blow up a bridge in Cleveland, Ohio, but the public was never in any danger, the FBI said Tuesday. The anarchists spent months planning several different attacks but did not realize that they were being closely monitored and had purchased…

New York judge rejects Strauss-Kahn diplomatic immunity claim

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn must face a civil trial over an alleged sex assault in New York, a judge here ruled Tuesday, rejecting his last ditch attempt to claim diplomatic immunity. The judge hearing the suit brought by Nafissatou Diallo ruled Strauss-Kahn had lost immunity because he’d resigned from…

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