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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…

Test for Komen looms at next Race for the Cure

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Rebecca Reza has participated in fundraising races held by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer charity, for the past five years. She planned to sign up for the next Race for the Cure in El Paso, Texas, with her cousin. But…

Xoloitzcuintli, dog of ancient Aztecs, the new kid in town at U.S. show

NEW YORK — It has been around for over 3,000 years, but Mexico’s famous, usually hairless, “Xolo” dog is making a big splash as a “new breed” at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show here this week. Tiny Chabella, descended from a breed the Aztecs considered sacred, is representing the…

U.S. Air Force gives U-2 spy plane another lease on life

WASHINGTON — The aging U-2 spy plane of Cold War fame has avoided retirement and will stay in the air until 2025, the Air Force said Monday, because the costly drone due to replace it turned out to be less effective. As part of cost-saving measures announced by the Pentagon,…

ACLU of Minnesota offers $1000 to anyone who proves a case of voter fraud

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is offering $1,000 to any resident of the state that can find a case of voter fraud that would have been prevented by a voter ID law. “There is no voter impersonation fraud in Minnesota,” said ACLU-MN Executive Director Charles Samuelson, “and we…

New Mexico calls on Congress to overturn Citizens United ruling

The New Mexico state legislature has approved a resolution that urges the U.S. Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. “This marks a major victory for the constitutional amendment movement to reclaim our democracy,” said John Bonifaz, director of…

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