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Sex abuse scandal ends career of Penn State coaching legend Paterno

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In a country mad for college football, Joe Paterno — known simply as “JoePa” — represented almost a deity of the sport. But the sterling reputation he built during almost five decades as head coach at Penn State University has been sullied by allegations that a…

Protestors give Sotheby’s clients rough reception

NEW YORK — Union workers and Occupy Wall Street activists gave a rough welcome Wednesday to well-heeled Sotheby’s clients as they arrived in limousines to attend an auction of contemporary art in New York. More than 100 protestors screamed abuse and blew ear-splitting whistles as men in suits and streams…

At GOP debate, Herman Cain says Nancy Pelosi is ‘Princess Nancy’

There is at least one woman that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain doesn’t have much respect for. At Wednesday night’s CNBC debate, Cain referred to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as “Princess Nancy.” The candidate complained that the legislation to replace President Barack Obama’s health care reform law had…

A year before elections, Obama leads Hispanic vote

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama holds a comfortable lead over his Republican rivals among Hispanic voters a year before elections, but with less enthusiasm than in 2008, a poll showed Wednesday. A Univision News/Latino Decisions poll found Obama would easily outpace Republicans among Hispanics, with registered voters giving the president…

Four militiamen accused in terror plot plead not guilty

MIAMI — Four elderly American men pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that they were members of a far-right militia which US prosecutors allege had plans to attack government targets, a spokesman said. “They entered their pleas at a bond hearing at a federal courthouse in north Georgia, Gainesville,” said…

Lawmakers press Obama to approve pipeline

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers pressed President Barack Obama on Wednesday to green-light the massive US-Canada “Keystone” pipeline that has drawn heavy fire from environmentalists, saying the project will create jobs. “Your decision is crucial for both American job opportunities and America’s energy security,” more than two dozen members of the…

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…

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