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Romney: ‘Anytime a job is lost, it’s a tragedy’

Speaking to reporters at Cherokee Trikes & More in Greer, South Carolina Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney dismissed criticism over his lack of transparency about the number of jobs that were created while he worked at Bain Capital. “Staples, Bright Horizons Children’s Centers, the Sports Authority, Steel Dynamics —…

Tiny Texas bottler bullied out of ‘Dublin Dr. Pepper’ business

The famous “Dublin Dr. Pepper” soft drink is going away — and with it, potentially a town’s whole economy Made with pure cane sugar instead of corn syrup or beet sugar, Dublin Dr. Pepper has a devoted following around the southern state and around the nation. This week, however, the…

As Romney rises, Tea Party focuses on Senate races

CHICAGO (Reuters) – As Mitt Romney inches toward the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, many conservative activists are increasingly focused on a different political prize for 2012: the Senate. Republicans, who currently have 47 of the 100 Senate seats, are seen as having a good shot of winning control of the…

Romney lacks clear remedy for U.S. economy: analysis

(Reuters) – Mitt Romney, the frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, is promising Americans deep spending cuts, smaller government, trade penalties on China, a new Federal Reserve chairman and sweeping deregulation. The bold economic strategy Romney has sketched out in his White House bid seems designed to appeal to…

‘Murder’ knocked off list of top U.S. killers: CDC

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A respiratory illness that strikes the elderly knocked homicide off the list of the top killers in the United States for the first time in 45 years in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. In its annual report on U.S. mortality, the…

Report details harassment claim against Congressman Hastings

(Reuters) – The House Ethics Committee on Wednesday detailed a woman’s allegations of sexual harassment, including unwelcome physical contact, by Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings, and the panel’s top members said further review of the case was warranted. The accusations against Hastings, 75, a 10-term Democrat whose South Florida district includes…

Mississippi suspends controversial mass pardon

The US state of Mississippi has temporarily suspended a mass 11th-hour pardon that set four convicted murderers free and sparked outrage among victims and law enforcement officials. The state’s attorney general argued Wednesday that the surprise decision by outgoing governor Haley Barbour to pardon some 200 prison inmates — including…

Man charged with child cruelty at Occupy DC

Police have charged a man at the Occupy DC encampment with cruelty to children after he left his toddler alone in a cold tent for at least 30 minutes. Protesters camped at McPherson Square in Washington, DC wrapped the 13-month-old girl in a blanket and called police after they heard…

Poverty to keep rising due to slow recovery: study

(Reuters) – Nearly 10 million more Americans have been driven into poverty since the 2007-2009 recession began, and the number is expected to increase due to the slow pace of the recovery, according to a study released Wednesday by Indiana University. The study found the number of Americans living in…

Dept. of Transportation allegedly withholding data on domestic drone flights

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday for allegedly withholding records pertaining to the use of unmanned aircraft within the United States. “Drones give the government and other unmanned aircraft operators a powerful new surveillance tool to gather extensive and intrusive…

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