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Huge increase in U.S. kids living in poverty: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Years of economic setbacks have taken their toll on the nation’s youngest residents, with another 1.6 million children living in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to one study that shows nearly 8 million children residing in poor areas in 2010. In 2000, 6.3 million children lived in high poverty…

Oakland police accused of shooting Oscar Grant’s cousin

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) – A man shot and wounded by an Oakland police officer last weekend was a cousin of Oscar Grant, whose shooting death by a Bay Area transit officer sparked violent demonstrations in 2010, his attorney said on Wednesday. The officer shot Tony Jones, 24, in the back…

Alleged WikiLeaks source Manning to be charged

Bradley Manning, the US soldier suspected of leaking a trove of secret military and diplomatic documents to the WikiLeaks website, was to be formally charged in a military court on Thursday. The 24-year-old will be charged with 22 counts — the most serious being aiding the enemy — in a…

GOP debate audience boos contraception

On Wednesday, contraception became the latest topic to raise the ire of conservative debate goers. During a CNN-sponsored Republican presidential debate in Arizona, the crowd booed wildly at the mention of birth control. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich used the opportunity to attack the moderators as he had done in…

NOW President O’Neill: Abortion ultrasound bills are ‘ritual humiliation laws’

National Organization of Women president Terry O’Neill said Wednesday that laws requiring women to view an ultrasound before terminating their pregnancy were “ritual humiliation laws.” Lawmakers in Virginia on Wednesday approved a controversial bill requiring women to undergo an ultrasound prior to an abortion. Similar legislation, which requires women to…

Dan Savage ‘freaked out’ by Santorum surge

Gay activist and sex columnist Dan Savage told Mother Jones in a recent interview that he was “freaked out” by the rise of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. National polls have found the staunch social conservative surging ahead of longtime frontrunner Mitt Romney. In early February, he came in first…

Romney: Obama ‘gave’ car companies to UAW

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday insisted that President Barack Obama made a mistake by saving the U.S. auto industry because “the president gave those companies” to the United Auto Workers (UAW) labor union. During a CNN debate in Mesa, Arizona, the former Massachusetts governor admitted that he had…

The money men shaping the election campaign

WASHINGTON — A quarter of the money that has fuelled a bitter nomination battle among Republican White House hopefuls, from which no settled favorite has yet emerged, has come from just five super-rich Americans. The sway that wealthy donors have been able to exert has come about due to them…

Three U.S. lawmakers sent threatening letters: official

Three US lawmakers received threatening letters containing a harmless white powder, but the sender said more missives including a “harmful material” could follow, a Senate official said Wednesday. The anonymous sender “has indicated that additional letters containing a powdery substance will be arriving at more Senate offices,” Senate sergeant-at-arms Terrance…

Plea deal for Pakistani at Guantanamo: report

WASHINGTON — A Pakistani held at Guantanamo Bay has reached a plea agreement with US prosecutors that will require him to testify at the trials of other terror suspects in return for a reduced sentence, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing US officials. Majid Shoukat Khan, 31, who has been…

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