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Rosa Parks sign defaced with ‘KKK’ graffiti

Authorities are investigating a possible hate crime after a sign honoring a civil rights hero was defaced in St. Louis. The Missouri Department of Transportation removed the sign marking “Rosa Parks Highway” because it had been spray-painted with the letters “KKK,” which is an abbreviation for the Ku Klux Klan…

U.S. home sales rise for third month

Sales of previously owned homes in the United States surged five percent in December from November, industry data showed Friday, in a report that pointed to recovery in the housing market. Sales of so-called “existing” homes rose to an annual rate of 4.61 million from a downwardly revised 4.39 million in…

Supreme Court rejects judge-drawn Texas election maps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Friday ruled in a Texas political dispute, rejecting judge-drawn election maps favoring minority candidates andDemocrats in the 2012 congressional and state legislature elections. In its first ruling on political boundary-drawing based on the 2010 U.S. Census, the high court unanimously set aside the interim maps…

Analysis: Holder, top DOJ lawyers were partners with big banks

(Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who’s Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows. The firm,…

Obama sings Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’ at the Apollo

If President Barack Obama ever quits his day job, he could have a bright future as a soul singer. The president opened his speech at Harlem’s Apollo Theater Thursday night by channeling Al Green’s 1971 classic tune, Let’s Stay Together. “To know that the Rev. Al Green was here,” Obama…

Romney: I ‘lived in the real streets’

Multimillionaire Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday claimed he was a regular person who “lived in the real streets of America.” During a CNN-sponsored debate in South Carolina, the former Massachusetts governor said that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s “involvement in Washington is a perfect example of why we…

Internet wins: Votes on PIPA/SOPA indefinitely postponed

After vowing to move forward with votes on controversial anti-piracy legislation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) both announced Friday that the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)  had been postponed indefinitely. “There is no reason that…

Gingrich turns ‘open marriage’ question into attack on CNN

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who once said “people have every right to ask the tough questions,” launched an attack on CNN Thursday night after they gave him a chance to respond to allegations made by his ex-wife. During the final debate before South Carolina’s Republican primary, moderator John King…

Ohio voters want fracking halted for safety studies: poll

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Ohio voters by a wide margin want a halt to hydrofracking until more impact studies are conducted, though they believe there are economic benefits to drilling for natural gas and oil, a Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday found. The poll comes just weeks after Ohio ordered…

Gingrich blasts media as Republicans clash

Surging Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich blasted US media digging into his past marital woes and questioned rival Mitt Romney’s job-creation claims as they clashed in a pivotal debate. Gingrich, Romney, Christian conservative former senator Rick Santorum and veteran Representative Ron Paul fenced against each other and ripped President…

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