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Mitt Romney: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest is dangerous

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney — who has raised $2.3 million from the financial sector — is no fan of the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration in lower Manhattan. “I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare,” he said at a retirement community in Florida. As corporations enjoy near record profits and…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters prepare for union-backed demonstration

NEW YORK — US activists protesting corporate greed prepared for a downtown Manhattan march Wednesday that will include support from unionized teachers and transportation workers. The “Occupy Wall Street” website said the demonstration, scheduled for 4:30 pm (2030 GMT), will begin at Foley Square and end at Liberty Plaza, in…

Supreme Court hears ‘return to sender’ death row appeal

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court Tuesday took up the case of a man on death row who failed to launch an appeal against his sentence in time because his lawyers had left their firm and left no forwarding address. Cory Maples was sentenced to death by an Alabama court…

Rep. Jackie Speier: U.S. military punishes rape victims

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) for the ninth time on Tuesday called on Congress to address the pervasive problem of sexual harassment and rape in the U.S. military. To call attention to the problem, she has been telling the stories of woman who were sexually harassed and assaulted while serving in…

Ben Bernanke on ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest: I can’t blame them

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and others questioned Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday about the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protest in lower Manhattan. “Chairman, as you know, there are people demonstrating against Wall Street in New York City and other cities around the country, and I think the perception…

Employers less likely to interview openly gay men: study

Openly gay applicants are 40 percent less likely to be granted an interview than their heterosexual counterparts, according to a study published Tuesday in the American Journal of Sociology. The study was the first large-scale investigation to test the receptiveness of employers to gay male job applicants. Similar studies have…

Obama invokes Reagan to rebut class warfare charge

DALLAS, Texas — President Barack Obama on Tuesday invoked conservative icon Ronald Reagan to rebut Republican claims his plans to raise taxes on the rich smacked of class warfare. In a campaign event in Texas, Obama referred to a speech that former president Reagan gave about tax reform in Atlanta…

Congress passes short-term funding bill

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers on Tuesday approved a stopgap measure to fund the US government through November 18, sending the bill to President Barack Obama to sign into law. The US House of Representatives passed the measure by a lopsided 352-66 vote, sending it to the White House with plenty…

Helicopter crashes in New York’s East River

NEW YORK — A helicopter crashed into the East River off Manhattan on Tuesday, New York police said, with one person still missing. A police officer at the scene told AFP that three passengers and the pilot had been rescued after the crash into the swirling river. One more person…

Communications Workers of America backs ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has become the latest union to endorsed the “Occupy Wall Street” protest that started in lower Manhattan and spread across the country. “The 700,000 members of the Communications Workers of America strongly support the Occupy Wall Street Movement,” the CWA Executive Board said Tuesday…

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