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‘Occupy’ protesters plan march on Honolulu APEC summit

HONOLULU — The killing of a Hawaiian man by a US State Department security agent has galvanized anti-globalization activists who said Thursday they plan to march on a weekend summit of Asia-Pacific leaders here. But activists and security officials said a repeat of the large “occupy” protests that started on…

Wells Fargo takes heat over investments in private prison industry

The advocacy group Small Business United on Thursday called on Wells Fargo to provide a full accounting of investments related to private prisons and immigrant detention centers. Wells Fargo is one of the largest investors in Geo Group, Inc. — the second largest private prison company in the world contracted…

U.S. negotiating combat troop boost in Kuwait

WASHINGTON — The United States is negotiating with Kuwait to allow several thousand US combat troops now in Iraq to redeploy to the Gulf emirate to counter Iran’s influence in the region, US defense officials said Thursday. “Discussions are underway” with Kuwaiti leaders but no final agreement has been reached,…

Romney says ‘prepare for war’ against Iran

WASHINGTON — Accusing President Barack Obama of naivete on Iran, Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney promised Thursday that if elected president he would “prepare for war” with the Islamic republic. In a commentary published in the Wall Street Journal, Romney said he would back up US diplomacy “with a very…

Bernanke hopes for no ‘ugly’ treatment in Texas

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke made an unusual appearance at a military base in Texas on Thursday, disregarding threats that he could be treated “pretty ugly” in the Lone Star State. The bookish policymaker and academic appeared at Fort Bliss military base in El Paso, Texas a mere…

Senate approves veterans jobs aid

WASHINGTON — The normally polarized US Senate united Thursday to approve a measure aimed at helping US armed forces veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan to get jobs, and aiding government contractors. The overwhelming 95-0 vote set the stage for the legislation’s approval by the House of Representatives, which…

Senate rejects resolution scrapping ‘net neutrality’

WASHINGTON — The US Senate rejected a resolution on Thursday seeking to overturn “net neutrality” rules aimed at ensuring an open Internet. The Republican-backed resolution, which the White House had threatened to veto, was defeated by 52 votes to 46 in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved…

Reports: Obama admin. delays tar sands decision until after election

The Obama administration plans to move a key decision on whether to approve the massive Keystone XL tar sands pipeline until after the 2012 presidential election, according to reports late Thursday that cited administration insiders. While an official announcement was expected sometime this week, administration sources told USA Today and…

Franken rebukes marriage inequality: Straight people won’t suddenly ‘become gay’

At hearing Thursday for a bill that would repeal the federal ban on same sex marriage, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) encouraged his Republican colleagues not to worry because “straight people aren’t suddenly going to become gay.” “The suffering that [the Defense of Marriage Act] DOMA causes and will cause is…

GOP Sen. claims equal rights are just too expensive

Why shouldn’t same sex couples have equal rights? According to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), it’s because equality is just too expensive. “Repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) would actually result in an expansion of federal benefits and spending at a time when we know that federal spending is way…

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