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‘Occupy Portland’ protesters defy order to abandon encampment

Protesters against corporate greed in Portland, Oregon defied a midnight deadline to abandon an encampment at two adjacent city parks in a hours-long stand off with police. Thousands of “Occupy Portland” protesters gathered peacefully at Lownsdale and Chapman Squares late Saturday night to protect the encampments and remained into Sunday…

Bachmann: Be more like China, end ‘Great Society’ programs

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says that the U.S. should be more like China and do away with Great Society programs like Medicare and Medicaid. At a debate with seven other Republican candidates in South Carolina Saturday night, National Journal‘s Major Garrett asked Bachmann what programs she would eliminate as…

Congress considers law that would ban use of elephants in circuses

US circuses are circling the wagons against a proposed law in Congress that would ban using elephants under the big top, a tradition that animal rights activists say causes terrible suffering. The bill, introduced this month in the House of Representatives by Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, aims directly at traveling…

Ron Paul calls for military cuts

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul told voters Friday in high-stakes New Hampshire that the US must transform its foreign policy to cut back on aid, military bases and combat missions. “I am sick and tired of foreign welfare,” said Paul, 76, a medical doctor who has delivered more than 4,000…

Romney has clear lead among Republicans: poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney has a growing lead in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, and almost half of the party’s voters expect him to be the nominee, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Twenty-eight percent of Republicans backed the former Massachusetts governor, giving him a lead of…

Arab-American man arrested by mistake in Hezbollah probe

(Reuters) – The Arab-American head of a Dearborn, Michigan community center was arrested by local police on suspicion of being wanted for funneling money to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, but was later found to be the wrong man and released, the FBI said on Saturday. Ali Hammoud, the head of the Bint…

St. Louis, Salt Lake City and Denver crack down on ‘Occupy’ protesters

(Reuters) – Anti-Wall Street protesters in several U.S. cities on Saturday faced orders by officials to leave their camps, as police made arrests in St. Louis, Salt Lake City and Denver. Police arrested 27 St. Louis demonstrators at a downtown plaza early on Saturday for curfew violations, authorities said. Authorities…

After Penn State, The Citadel reveals abuse probe

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – In the wake of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, The Citadel military college in South Carolina, revealed on Saturday that it had investigated accusations against a camp counselor but took no action. The man has since been jailed on separate charges of molesting…

GOP debate audience cheers waterboarding

The audience at Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate erupted into applause at the mention of waterboarding, an interrogation technique that is often described as torture. The National Journal‘s Major Garrett asked Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain to respond to a Vietnam veteran who said he believed torture was wrong in…

‘Occupy’ protesters dig in against police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tensions were rising at anti-Wall Street protests in three western U.S. cities on Friday as demonstrators in Portland, Salt Lake City and Oakland defied orders by police to dismantle their camps. In Portland, police said they had received reports that protesters were digging a reinforced hole…

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