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For many Americans, jobs crisis to last many years

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – - Despite an upswing in hiring during 2011, the jobs crisis could last many more years as millions of Americans struggle to find work. In Orlando, Florida, Brenda Solomon lost her retail job last May at a department store and was unable to find even temporary…

Blackwater settles Iraq killings suit

(Reuters) – A wrongful death lawsuit linked to a defining moment of the Iraq war has ended with the company formerly known as Blackwater agreeing to settle with the families of four security contractors killed in a gruesome 2004 ambush. The victims’ survivors reached a confidential settlement with the company’s…

Romney says rivals will close ranks to fight Obama

Mitt Romney predicted Friday that he and his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination will ultimately close ranks to ensure that Barack Obama is turned out of the White House. “We’ll put our egos and bruised feelings aside and then come back and do what’s the right thing for our…

New book describes tension between Michelle Obama and White House staff

A new book detailing life in the White House describes high tension under the tenure of Barack Obama as First Lady Michelle Obama struggled with his top aides over the direction of his presidency. She “cherished the idea of her husband as a transformational figure” but battled with White House…

Judge rules that Twitter must hand over information on WikiLeaks supporters

A year ago this week, it was learned that a US grand jury had secretly issued subpoenas for the Twitter account information of several WikiLeaks supporters. The subpoenas have been held up by challenges from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but now U.S. District Judge…

Supreme Court to rule on whether drug-sniffing dogs violate 4th Amendment

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case to determine whether the use of police dogs sniffing for drugs outside homes is a violation of the constitutional rights of the residents. The case involves a Miami homeowner accused of growing marijuana in his house, who contends…

Pension fund divests from Walmart for violating global labor standards

The largest pension fund in the Netherlands has divested itself of all shares in Walmart as a result of the company’s anti-union position and poor labor standards. According to the Huffington Post, Algemeen Burgerlijk Pensioenfonds declared earlier this week that it was blacklisting Walmart for its non-compliance with the United…

Paul repudiates supporter’s ‘China Jon’ Huntsman ad

NASHUA, New Hampshire — Republican White House hopeful Ron Paul on Friday repudiated an ad, made by a supporter, that attacks rival Jon Huntsman over his ties to China and suggests he was brainwashed by Beijing. “I haven’t look at it, but I understand it’s an ugly ad, and I’ve…

Investigation of former Scott Walker aide leads to sex crime charges

An investigation into the embezzlement of funds by former aides to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has led to charges of sex crimes on the part of the domestic partner of one of the alleged embezzlers. Computers and cellphones seized from the home shared by former Walker aide Timothy Russell and…

Air Force Academy charges 3 cadets with sexual assault

Less than a week after a Department of Defense report found a sharp increase in sexual assaults at military academies, three Air Force Academy cadets have been charged with sexual assault. Official documents say that Robert M. Evenson Jr. used his position as the Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer for Honor cases…

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