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Republican NJ mayor won’t resign over ‘Rentboy’ scandal, alleged underwear pics

It’s almost more newsworthy these days when a conservative Republican politician turns out to not be in the closet. According to Talking Points Memo, Medford, New Jersey mayor Chris Myers insists that he is not resigning in spite of a mushrooming scandal involving his purported contact with a male prostitute…

Perry urges repeal of New Hampshire gay marriage law

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry pressed a conservative social agenda at an appearance in New Hampshire, calling for the repeal of the state’s 2009 law legalizing same-sex marriage. Perry also praised efforts in the state to end funding for birth control and health services for low-income…

Foreclosure firm has Halloween party dressed as depressed homeowners

Based on their Halloween costumes from last year, it would not be surprising if employees from foreclosure firm giant Steven J. Baum dressed up this year as homeowners who’ve lost their property thanks to firms like them. In a column from The New York Times Joe Nocera, a former employee…

New citizens sworn in at Statue of Liberty celebration

NEW YORK (Reuters) – She arrived in the United States from France 125 years ago, and has welcomed her fellow immigrants ever since. And although far fewer people literally sail past her on their first arrival to U.S. shores, much was made of her enduring symbolism at a ceremony on…

Man angry over chalupa meat may have burned Taco Bell: police

ATLANTA (Reuters) – A Taco Bell customer angry over too little meat on his extra large chalupas may have tried to set an Albany, Georgia restaurant on fire, police said on Friday, A police officer spotted a small fire burning in the drivethrough of the Taco Bell early on October…

Bank of America revamping debit card fees

(Reuters) – Bank of America Corp, after receiving heavy public criticism for a planned $5-per-month debit card fee, is likely to give customers more ways to avoid the fee, a person familiar with the bank’s plans said Friday. The second-biggest U.S. bank is reworking its plans as rivals Wells Fargo…

Wal-Mart sued in Texas for gender discrimination

(Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. discriminated against female employees in Texas stores in pay and promotion decisions, according to a lawsuit filed on Friday in Federal Court in Dallas. The complaint is the second to be filed since a nationwide class action against the company was thrown by the Supreme…

Oakland mayor ‘sorry’ for clash that injured ex-Marine

OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) – Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, who was booed out of a public square by protesters against economic inequality on Thursday, apologized for a clash between police and demonstrators that badly injured an ex-Marine. Quan, who has drawn withering criticism for her handling of a confrontation with so-called…

Asian Americans most bullied in U.S. schools: study

Asian Americans endure far more bullying at US schools than members of other ethnic groups, with teenagers of the community three times as likely to face taunts on the Internet, new data shows. Policymakers see a range of reasons for the harassment, including language barriers faced by some Asian American…

Mysterious Lego sculpture in Florida police hands

A huge Lego sculpture that mysteriously appeared this week on a Florida beach will remain in police custody for 90 days while investigators try to figure out who it belongs to, according to authorities. The more than eight-foot-tall (2.5-meter) Lego Man weighing about 100 pounds (45 kilos) turned up on…

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