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Stephen King boosting winter heating aid in Maine

CONWAY, Mass (Reuters) – Suspense author Stephen King is scaring up money to help low-income residents in his home state of Maine after federal funding cuts for heating programs serving residents who are poor, disabled or elderly. The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation is working with the three Bangor, Maine,…

Florida debuts new prison dorms for U.S. veterans

ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) – Marvin Hurst, 59, makes his bunk with military precision, snaps to attention for the morning flag-raising ceremony and follows orders all day long. But home is no Army barracks. Hurst, who served in the U.S. Army from 1973-74, is one of 300 prisoners housed in the…

Mayor of St. Louis’s website hacked by ‘Occupy Wall St’ sympathizer

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – A hacker broke into the mayor of St. Louis’s website and posted a message in support of anti-Wall Street protesters who are facing eviction from a city park they occupied five weeks ago. “You can remove the movement from the city, but you cannot remove the…

Alabama county files biggest municipal bankruptcy

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – Alabama’s Jefferson County filed for bankruptcy court protection on Wednesday in the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Commissioners for the county, which is home to Birmingham, the state’s biggest city and economic powerhouse, voted 4-1 to declare bankruptcy after meeting behind closed doors for two…

Pro-Paterno rally turns violent

Police in riot gear responded when hundreds of Penn State students flooded the streets in support of the university’s ousted gridiron coach Joe Paterno. Crowds tipped over a television news van and kicked out its windows and at least one photographer was hit by a rock as a campus known…

Sheriff confirms ‘Occupy San Diego’ protesters forced to urinate, defecate in bus

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has acknowledged that “Occupy San Diego” protesters who were arrested in late October had no choice but to relieve themselves while detained in buses and vans. Police in riot gear arrested protesters at downtown encampments in Civic Center Plaza and Children’s Park on October…

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…

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