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Blacks more likely to be unemployed in the UK than in the U.S.

Black people in Britain are more likely to be unemployed than those in the United States, especially during recessions, with successive UK governments “failing to protect minority ethnic groups”, research reveals. A paper presented on Friday at the British Sociological Association’s annual conference in Leeds shows that in the last…

Newark Mayor Cory Booker runs into burning house, saves woman’s life

Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, claims he had a “come to Jesus” moment on Thursday night after he arrived home to discover a neighbor’s residence on fire. After a moment of arguing with his security team, he charged into the blaze, which he said had fully engulfed the…

Jan Brewer signs abortion ban defining pregnancy before conception

Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday signed one of the most controversial and restrictive abortion bans in the country, which experts say effectively bans abortions after 18 weeks and declares that a woman could be pregnant 2 weeks before she even had sex. “This legislation is consistent with my…

U.S. man gets 17 years prison on terror charges

BOSTON, Massachusetts — A US District judge sentenced a Boston man to 17.5 years in federal prison Thursday on charges of plotting to kill Americans by joining militants in Yemen and spreading Al-Qaeda publicity. US District Judge George O’Toole delivered his sentence to Tarek Mehanna, 29, after a two-hour hearing.…

Harvard law professor predicts George Zimmerman will be acquitted

Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz on Thursday said that George Zimmerman, who was recently arrested second degree murder, would probably be acquitted of the crime because of a lack of evidence. “Most affidavits of probable cause are very thin,” he said on MSNBC. “This is so thin that it…

Wisc. Democrats mount legal challenge against fake recall candidates

Democrats in Wisconsin on Thursday demanded that election officials disqualify fake candidates running in recall primary elections this spring, according to the Associated Press. The Democrats are being represented by attorney Jeremy Levinson, who claims the fake candidates are violating Wisconsin election laws. “The fraudulent candidates and the RPW [Republican…

Law shrouds details of congressional trips abroad

When members of Congress or their staffers travel on a private group’s dime, they are subject to a long list of requirements and restrictions, thanks to the Jack Abramoff scandal and that infamous picture of the grinning super-lobbyist with a congressman at a famous Scottish golf course. Reforms in 2007…

U.S. stocks surge helped by economic data

NEW YORK — US stocks jumped Thursday as traders grew bullish on fresh economic indicators in the United States, Asia and Europe. Gains on all three key indices topped 1.3 percent, with big rises among the Dow blue chips led by a 4.6 percent spike higher by Caterpillar and a…

Republicans again accuse Obama of ‘class warfare’

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s Republicans charged President Barack Obama with “class warfare” Thursday in what is shaping up as a brutal battle for the White House, as both sides race to lasso votes of middle-class Americans. The White House thrust back, accusing Romney of being “out of step with American…

Food maker Mars Inc. ends membership with ALEC

Mars Inc., the maker of Skittles and other well-known candies, has dropped its membership with the influential American Legislative Exchange Council following pressure from liberal and progressive groups. “The Color Of Change community is thrilled to learn that Mars has ended its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council,” Executive…

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