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Wal-Mart seeks end to refiled gender-bias lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Women who refiled a gender discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc have failed to come to grips with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended their nationwide class action against the company, Wal-Martargued in a court filing. Plaintiffs alleging the world’s largest retailer denied them pay raises and promotions because of their gender are…

Republicans resume sparring with Obama on debt

The US House of Representatives returns to business after a three-week break with a symbolic vote planned Wednesday rejectingPresident Barack Obama’s request to raise the national debt ceiling. As one of the first orders of business after returning to work Tuesday, the Republican-led chamber has planned a vote on a resolution expressing “disapproval”…

One in three U.S. adults is obese: study

One in three American adults is obese, a national level that has stayed the same in recent years, said US data released on Tuesday. About one in six children and teenagers are also obese, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association report which showed that obesity remains a significant problem in US…

Romney admits his effective tax rate is ‘closer to 15 percent’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may have finally revealed the reason he has refused to release his tax returns: Because he pays the federal government a much lower rate than many middle-class Americans. Speaking to reporters in Florence, South Carolina on Tuesday, the multimillionaire candidate explained that he pays an…

Pinkberry co-founder arrested for assault on homeless man

The co-founder of the yogurt chain Pinkberry is facing serious legal trouble after being accused by police of assaulting a homeless man. According to The Los Angeles Times, 47-year-old Young Lee was arrested Monday evening by local authorities at the Los Angeles International Airport. Lee’s arrest stems from a June…

Gingrich: Obama doesn’t think ‘work is good’

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is doubling down on his assertion that Barack Obama is a “food stamp president” by suggesting that the current White House resident doesn’t even think “work is good.” During a Fox News debate in South Carolina Monday, moderator Bret Baier lobbed the former House Speaker…

Passions grow over first Native American saint

Gazing down a frozen New York field, the statue of a Mohawk girl about to become the first Native American saint exudes calm. Yet the real Kateri Tekakwitha had a brutal existence — and ghosts from her dramatic life still haunt these hills. The 17th-century figure will make history when the Vaticancanonizes her later this…

Death toll among pedestrians wearing headphones triples

The number of US pedestrians who have been killed or badly injured while wearing headphones has tripled in six years, according to a study published Tuesday. The annual tally rose from 16 in 2004 to 47 in 2011, bringing the total of cases to 116 over this period, say the authors. More…

Disapproval of Congress: How low can they go?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A record 84 percent of Americans say they disapprove of the way the Congress is doing its job compared with just 13 percent who approve of how things are going, according to a Washington Post/ABC News public opinion poll published on Monday. The disapproval rating for Congress…

Obama jobs panel pushes tax reform, U.S. drilling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s jobs council is calling for a corporate tax overhaul, expanded domestic drilling and new regulatory reforms, a set of proposals unlikely to provide a quick fix for high unemployment or gain much traction in an election year. A panel of business leaders advising Obama…

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