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Enough signatures collected in Maine to put same sex marriage on ballot

Supporters of same sex marriage in Maine have gathered enough signatures to put the issue to a statewide vote in 2012, according to the Associated Press. EqualityMaine, GLAAD and Maine Freedom to Marry launched the signature-gathering drive in late August in hopes placing the legalization of marriage for same sex…

U.S. hands massive base over to Iraq

U.S. forces have handed Joint Base Balad, which was once one of the world’s busiest airports and housed some 36,000 personnel, over to Iraqi control, a US military spokesman said on Wednesday. “We handed over Joint Base Balad (JBB) yesterday,” the spokesman said, adding that at its peak, the base to the north…

Confusion after U.S. emergency alert test

The first national test of a US national alert system left many Americans confused and some said the system failed in its goal to reach all broadcasters in the country. Many people watching television at 1900 GMT heard the familiar scratchy noises followed by the test announcement – designed to alert Americans…

U.S. military adds armed robotic helicopters to fleet

The US military plans to add a lethal new drone to its fleet — arobotic helicopter for the US Navy equipped with laser-guided rockets, defense giant Northrop Grumman said Wednesday. The armed Fire Scouts will mark a new era in naval warfare, offering an alternative to pilots flying attack helicopters or fighter jets off warships and reflecting…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters embark on long march to Washington, D.C.

Ragtag, but enthusiastic Occupy Wall Street protestors, one of them not even wearing shoes, set off from New York Wednesday on a two-week march to Washington, DC. Monitored at every step by police, two dozen activists filed aboard a ferry leaving Manhattan to cross the River Hudson to New Jersey and began their…

Trumka: Ohio victory a ‘landmark for the 99 percent’

Labor unions and public workers claimed an important victory Tuesday after over 63 percent of voters in Ohio rejected Gov. John Kasich’s (R) plan to strip public workers of collective bargaining rights. “Last night, the people Ohio, from teachers and firefighters to the building trades and public sector workers to…

The top 10 military ‘psy-ops’ corporations admit to using against Americans

By Robert Johnson Environmental activist Sharon Wilson showed up to an oil industry event in Houston last week and caught a startling glimpse into how the fracking industry approaches residents in towns where they drill. Wilson recorded industry insiders confirming they hire military psychological operation veterans, and use procedures pulled straight…

Fannie Mae bailed out again, taking $7.8 billion from U.S. Treasury

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fannie Mae, the biggest source of money for U.S. home loans, on Tuesday said it needed a further $7.8 billion in federal aid to stay afloat as a shaky housing market widened its third-quarter loss to $5.1 billion. The government-controlled firm also attributed the deeper cash drain to losses on…

Report: 27 Houston cops arrest six protesters for having tarp in park

Police in Houston on Tuesday night swarmed a small group of “Occupy” protesters and arrested them for possessing a tarp in a public park, according to area media. In all, a total of 27 police officers responded to the scene in 19 squad cars, according to the protesters. Police had…

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