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Nevada casino workers launch hunger strike

“I’m fasting and praying to God that this company will be benevolent enough to see that the company is its workers,” cocktail waitress Dawn Vaseur said, pushing back tears. Vaseur, one of thirteen Station Casinos workers on a week-long hunger strike, is literally starving to protest the working conditions and…

11 now investigated in Secret Service scandal

The US military said Friday it is now investigating 11 service members linked to the growing sex scandal in Colombia that has rocked the president’s Secret Service. The Pentagon had initially said five troops were implicated and later said there were 10 suspects. “I can tell you now, based on…

1792 penny sells for $1.15 million

Talk about a pretty penny. A 1792-dated copper cent has sold for $1.15 million, a US auction house said Friday. The experimental coin with a silver center was one of the first ever struck at the United States mint and is one of just 14 known to have survived. It…

CU-Boulder resorts to fish guts, censorship to keep 4/20 celebrants away

Colorado University-Boulder officials on Friday coated a large tract of land with a gag-worthy, fish-based fertilizer and hired Haitian musician Wyclef Jean to stage a free concert off campus, just to keep an annual gathering of marijuana protesters away from the school. A bonus: the school’s contract with Wyclef stipulates…

Secret Service agent made sexually suggestive Facebook comment about Sarah Palin

The secret service suffered fresh damage to its already battered reputation on Friday when it was disclosed that one of the agents involved in the Colombia prostitution scandal posted pictures on Facebook of Sarah Palin accompanied by a sexually suggestive comment. The security service supervisor, David Chaney, had been assigned…

Two years after BP oil spill, disaster is far from over

Two years after the worst maritime oil spill in history, fishermen, scientists, and environmentalists up and down the US Gulf Coast warn that the disaster may be far from over. Dead dolphins keep washing up on shore in unprecedented numbers. Oil-coated coral reefs are dying in the deepwater. Eyeless shrimp…

Drug Policy Alliance director: Legalize marijuana to protect human rights

As executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), Ethan Nadelmann (pictured, left) told Raw Story recently that from his perspective, a truly global movement against the drug war has only just begun. In spite of its relative newness, he said that “dramatic” victories are already being won over policies increasingly…

Zimmerman granted bail after wife claims no ‘prior violence’

A judge in Florida said on Friday that the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed an unarmed African-American teen was eligible to be released on bond after his parents and wife testified that prior arrests did not mean he had a history of violence. “I am sorry for the loss…

US Airways, American Airlines move toward merger

US Airways chief executive Douglas Parker told employees Friday that the company had taken initial steps toward a possible merger with rival American Airlines, which is in bankruptcy protection. In a letter to staff, Parker said a deal had been reached with three unions representing 55,000 American Airlines staff to…

Bashir: Book of Mormon promises ‘eternal damnation’ for Romney’s lies

MSNBC host Martin Bashir on Thursday read from the Book of Mormon to make the point that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney might win the White House by lying but he would be condemned to “eternal damnation.” “Mr. Romney seems to be having some trouble telling the truth,” Bashir…

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