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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…

Wisconsin mayor faces recall vote after drunken antics

Residents of Sheboygan, Wisconsin will decide on Tuesday whether to replace their mayor, Bob Ryan, after a series of public drinking binges, according to the Huffington Post. In 2009, Ryan was filmed drunkenly bragging about his sister-in-law’s oral sex skills. Then in 2011, Ryan faced criticism and an investigation after…

GOP debate audience boos Romney’s Mexican heritage

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may be in the lead in the Palmetto state, but that doesn’t mean South Carolinians necessarily like him. During a Fox News debate at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Monday, the Republican audience booed loudly after being told that Romney’s father was born in…

Journalist Chris Hedges sues Obama over National Defense Authorization Act

Less than a month after the National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law, President Barack Obama faces a lawsuit because of its highly controversial provisions regarding the detention of suspected terrorists. Attorneys Carl J. Mayer and Bruce I. Afran filed a complaint against Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon…

Jewish man arrested for swastikas, anti-Semitic calls

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Jewish man was under arrest on hate-crime charges on Monday, accused of making anti-Semitic telephone calls to his mother and other elderly women and putting swastikas on apartment doors, police said. A family business dispute drove David Haddad, 56, of Manhattan, who is Jewish, to…

Judge to hear challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law

MADISON (Reuters) – A Wisconsin judge will hear a legal challenge this week to the state’s new controversial voter photo identification law. Lawyers for The League of Women Voters, which says the measure violates the state constitution by disenfranchising eligible voters, present oral arguments against the law in a Dane…

Obama leads service efforts for King birthday

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their wives on Monday participated in community service projects to mark the holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King. “Today, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And we should honor that legacy by…

Dylan Ratigan: Racism was rebranded ‘the war on drugs’

MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan on Monday highlighted the concerning racial disparities that existed within America’s war against illegal drugs. “Our big story on this Martin Luther King holiday is the new math of racism in America,” he said. “The greedy bastards have rebranded racism, calling it ‘the war on drugs.’…

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