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Gabrielle Giffords honors astronaut husband

WASHINGTON — US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head earlier this year, honored her NASA astronaut husband Mark Kelly Thursday, at his White House naval retirement ceremony. Captain Kelly, who commanded one of the final space shuttle missions months after his wife was assaulted by a lone…

Eleven arrested as Los Angeles protests swell

LOS ANGELES — Eleven protestors were arrested Thursday in the biggest anti Wall Street-style demonstration yet in Los Angeles, with some 500 people rallying in the city’s downtown district, police said. Six men and five women were detained for trespassing by sitting down in the lobby of the Bank of…

Florida lawmaker hopes to repeal ‘dwarf-tossing’ prohibition

A Florida lawmaker has made headlines around the nation for his proposal to repeal a job destroying regulation in his state, namely the 1989 ban on “dwarf-tossing.” Republican state Rep. Ritch Workman introduced HB 4063 on Monday. The legislation would repeal provisions against the “exploitation of persons with dwarfism.” It…

Ron Paul: Economy is biased against the poor

Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said Thursday on CNN that the U.S. economic system was biased against the poor and middle-class. Paul was asked about a comment made by his fellow presidential candidate, Hermain Cain, who said that people should only blame themselves for not having a…

‘Occupy D.C.’ arrives in Freedom Plaza

A couple hundred protesters in Washington, D.C. affiliated with “Occupy D.C.” and “Stop the Machine” converged at Freedom Plaza on Thursday to protest corporate money in politics and wars overseas. Although the two groups are separate movements, they share many of the same goals and grievances. “We would like to…

Man arrested after burglars discover his child porn stash

A California man was arrested after two teenage burglars broke into his home and inadvertently stumbled upon his child pornography stash, according to Fox 40. The two burglars broke into the man’s home on September 12 and stole around 50 CD-Rs, which they believed to be blank. But after trying…

Biden: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ has a lot in common with the tea party

Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration in Manhattan and other cities was similar to the tea party movement. “What is the core of that protest, and why is it increasing in terms of the people it’s attracting?” he said at the third annual…

Jury chosen in US ‘underwear bomber’ case

The trial of a Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a US-bound airliner on Christmas Day 2009 is set to go full steam ahead next week as the jury was finally picked Thursday. After three days of hearings in a Detroit court, a jury of nine women and…

GOP rejects resolution condemning Perry for ‘N*ggerhead’ slur

House Republicans voted Thursday to set aside a resolution calling on Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry to apologize for leasing a hunting ranch called “Niggerhead.” The resolution offered by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) also called on other Republican presidential candidates to condemn the word, and it asked Perry to…

Proposed bill would bring foreign earnings back to U.S.

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) Thursday introduced a bill she and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) are co-sponsoring to repatriate foreign tax dollars into the U.S. economy. The Foreign Earnings Reinvestment Act would offer corporations to pay less in taxes if they wanted to bring their overseas earnings back to the U.S.…

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