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U.S. watchdog suspects leaks at ratings agency

WASHINGTON — The internal procedures of one of the world’s top three ratings agencies appear to allow leaks of its decisions, according to a report by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). At one of the larger agencies, “the procedures for disseminating a pending rating action appeared to allow…

More than 700 ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters arrested

NEW YORK — More than 700 anti-Wall Street activists were arrested in New York amid chaotic scenes on Brooklyn Bridge after the protest movement’s march against “corporate greed” was broken up by police. The activists, many of whom have been camped out in Manhattan for two weeks, were detained during…

Perry suggests U.S. military role in Mexico drug war

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said on Saturday he would get the U.S. military involved in Mexico’s war with drug cartels, in comments likely to upset the Mexican government. The remarks appear to be a new misstatement on foreign policy by Perry, the Texas governor…

U.S. issues global travel alert on ‘retaliation’ fears

The United States issued a worldwide travel alert warning its nationals of the “potential for retaliation” after two key Al-Qaeda figures were killed in an air raid in Yemen. The State Department notice came one day after the killing of US-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi, who President Barack Obama said…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ Live from Liberty Square

Watch organizers live from New York’s Liberty Square, courtesy of Global Revolution and Livestream: Watch live streaming video from globalrevolution at livestream.com…

UPDATE: 700 ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters arrested on Brooklyn Bridge

UPDATE: As of 1:30 a.m. ET, MSNBC is reporting that almost 700 protesters have been arrested. At least 400 “Occupy Wall Street” protesters were arrested on Saturday as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge, according to the New York Times. The protesters have pledged to occupy Wall Street until…

United Steelworkers announce support for ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest

The United Steelworkers, North America’s largest industrial union, announced on Friday that it supported the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protest that began in lower Manhattan and has slowly spread to other cities across the United States. The protesters have pledged to occupy Wall Street until something is done about corporate…

Police arrest 24 protesters outside Bank of America

NEW YORK — Twenty-four protesters were arrested as a vast crowd marched outside Bank of America offices in Boston, police said Saturday in the latest US demonstrations against corporate influence and greed. Nine men and 15 women were charged with trespassing for their part in a sit-down protest Friday afternoon,…

Hundreds attend funeral of executed Georgia inmate Troy Davis

WASHINGTON — Mourners gathered in Georgia on Saturday for the funeral of murder convict Troy Davis, saying his execution last month serves as a rallying cry for the movement to end capital punishment. Hundreds of people packed the Jonesville Baptist Church in the southern city of Savannah, where many wore…

Michael Moore bemoans 21st century capitalism

WASHINGTON — Michael Moore, clad in customary baseball cap, a black T-shirt, baggy trousers and white sneakers, strolled into the neo-Gothic splendor of Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall and began to preach. “We as Americans have allowed a very small group of people to be highly skilled practitioners of one of…

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