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Michigan activists claim enough signatures for ‘emergency managers’ recall

Groups collecting petition signatures to force a vote on state appointed “emergency managers” that have been running several cities and school districts say they have done it: out of 161,300 needed, they’ve collected more than 200,000, according to The Associated Press. Activists in the state have taken to calling the…

Santorum: LGBT equality ‘waters down marriage’

Less than an hour after same sex marriage became legal in Washington on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was meeting with opponents of the law. Speaking at Calvary Chapel in Olympia, the former Pennsylvania senator promised about 100 pastors and so-called “values voters” that he would work to repeal…

South Carolina bill would ban Sharia law

A South Carolina state House panel will consider a bill next month that aims to ban any foreign laws, including Sharia law. Similar attempts to ban foreign laws have been introduced in at least 20 states. Opponents have said that such laws address a non-existent issue and could actually discriminate…

Visiting China VP urges U.S. to ‘promote trust’

China’s Vice President Xi Jinping will meet US President Barack Obama on Tuesday in a key early test for Washington’s relations with the man on course to lead the Asian power for the next decade. Xi will start a week-long visit with a welcome at the White Houseand talks with Obama and other top US officials,…

Houston body arrives in home state

The body of deceased diva Whitney Houston arrived in her home state of New Jersey, CNN reported, as her family made funeralpreparations with the cause of her untimely death still unknown. CNN said a hearse and a large police procession arrived late Monday at the funeral home, where a large crowd had gathered, adding that…

Apple shares surge despite factory inspections in China

Apple’s stock topped $500 for the first time on Wall Street even as a probe started looking into work conditions at a Chinese factory that cranks out the California company’s coveted gadgets. Apple shares gained 1.86 percent during the day, powered by reports a new iPad may be unveiled next month, to…

McDonald’s vows to stop pork suppliers confining sows in crates

CHICAGO (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp said on Monday it will work with its U.S. pork suppliers to phase out the use of gestation crates, the cramped stalls that millions of mother sows are confined to while they raise piglets. The fast-food chain said the metal crates were “not a sustainable…

Obama renews call to end Saturday mail delivery

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s proposed 2013 budget repeated a call to allow the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery and tap into a retirement-fund surplus, as lawmakers hash out the details of postal legislation. The budget outline released on Monday included several steps to provide relief…

Occupy protesters sue New York City over pepper spray incident

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two women caught on camera being doused with pepper spray by a New York police officer during an Occupy Wall Street march in September have sued the city, saying it failed to train police officers properly. In a viral online video, Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna was…

Catholics United on contraception battle: Bishops serving a political agenda

The group Catholics United, which tends to support progressive causes, has decried the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops opposition to new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations on contraceptives. The White House said last week that it would change proposed rules requiring religious hospitals and universities to…

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