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Obama juggles needs for campaign money, mass appeal

WASHINGTON — As his reelection campaign heats up, President Barack Obama is attending fundraisers about one of every four days, with experts saying he is working to raise a whopping billion dollars to stay in the White House. “There are a lot of people who are still hurting all across…

2nd New York state judge upholds fracking ban in towns

ALBANY, New York (Reuters) – A New York state judge on Friday upheld an upstate community’s ban on gas drilling, marking the second victory this week for opponents of the drilling method known as fracking. The authority vested in towns and cities in New York to regulate use of their…

Obama to meet with auto union workers

US President Barack Obama will address members of the United Auto Workers union Tuesday as Republicans hold a key primary contest in Michigan, home to the US automobile industry. White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters the president will speak at the annual UAW community action program conference, which will bring together 1,700…

Philadelphia priest says cardinal ordered child abuse cover-up

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – The highest ranking cleric charged in a Philadelphia pedophilia scandal asked a judge on Friday to dismiss his case because his boss – the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua – ordered a list he made of predator priests be shredded. Lawyers for Monsignor William Lynn, 61, filed the…

Second Marine acquitted in hazing that led to suicide

HONOLULU (Reuters) – The last of three U.S. Marines court-martialed on charges they physically abused and humiliated a fellow Marine who later killed himself was acquitted on Friday of all charges in the case by a military jury. The case stems from the suicide of Lance Corporal Harry Lew, 21,…

‘Activists’ pray for lower gas prices

The last time Rocky Twyman and friends invoked the power of prayer to pull down the price of gasoline was in 2008, when a gallon of regular was going for a US national average of $4.12 in mid-summer. God must have been listening: prices did fall, all the way to…

Supreme Court to decide if corporations can be sued for human rights abuses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court will weigh next week whether corporations can be sued in the United States for suspected complicity in human rights abuses abroad, in a case being closely watched by businesses concerned about long and costly litigation. The high court on Tuesday will consider the reach…

Kansas may raise taxes on the poor to fund cuts for the rich

It looked good on paper. A bill sponsored by Kansas Republican Governor Sam Brownback would spur economic growth by cutting income taxes on residents and doing away with them entirely for most small business while reducing or eliminating a variety of tax credits. But it turns out that in the…

GOP reliance on ‘culture wars’ turning off younger voters

By Patricia Zengerle Feb 24, 2012 13:02 EST FAIRFAX, Virginia (Reuters) – Colleen Wilson has all the makings of a foot soldier for whichever Republican becomes the nominee to oppose President Barack Obama in the November election. The Virginia college student comes from a conservative family and describes herself as…

Judge finds prolonged solitary confinement for ‘merchant of death’ unconstitutional

NEW YORK — A US judge on Friday ordered Viktor Bout, a Russian convicted of arms trafficking, to be removed from solitary confinement and put into a regular facility, saying that to continue his 15-month ordeal violated the constitution. Bout was convicted last November in New York federal court, concluding…

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