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Cincinnati’s Underground Railroad museum struggles

CINCINNATI (Reuters) – Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which opened with great fanfare along the banks of the Ohio River in 2004, is struggling with a $1.5 million revenue shortfall this year. The Center’s exhibits memorialize the escape of slaves from the American South. Just across the river from…

U.S. lawmakers to vote on holiday tax Tuesday

Republican lawmakers escalated a year-end showdown with the White House, putting off a vote on extending a payroll tax holiday demanded by President Barack Obama until Tuesday. Party leaders in the House of Representatives rejected a compromise hammered out by Democrats and Republicans in the Senate and promised to hold…

Nevada judge rewrites ‘misleading’ personhood ballot initiative

A Nevada state judge on Monday rewrote a fetal personhood ballot measure after ruling it was misleading because the measure did not explain the full extent it would have on Nevada law. The ballot measure, proposed by the Nevada Prolife Coalition, seeks to add an amendment to Nevada’s constitution that…

Payroll tax cut extension stuck in partisan fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With a tax cut for 160 million U.S. workers set to expire in less than two weeks, Republicans and Democrats in Congress on Monday were mired in a last-ditch battle over extending it. In a surprise turnabout, Republicans in the House of Representatives are now pushing for…

Homeless kids in U.S. number 1.6 million: study

WASHINGTON — Fully 1.6 million children in the United States — one in 45 kids — were homeless last year, living in shelters, cars, abandoned buildings and parks, a study released Monday found. With youth homelessness surging 28 percent since 2007 amid tough economic times, the National Center on Family…

Iraqi pleads guilty in U.S. terror case

WASHINGTON — A US-based Iraqi pleaded guilty to terror charges for conspiring to kill Americans in Iraq and smuggle Stinger missiles to insurgents, the Justice Department said Monday. Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, had been arrested in Kentucky in May with an Iraqi co-defendant, Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 24, capping a lengthy…

Evidence linking Bradley Manning to WikiLeaks disputed

FORT MEADE, MD (Reuters) – Attorneys for Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning on Monday challenged evidence linking him to the biggest classified document leak in U.S. history, arguing others had access to the same files and that it cannot be proven Manning sent anything to WikiLeaks from his computer. The…

McCain celebrates Kim Jong-Il’s arrival ‘in a warm corner of hell’

US Senator John McCain voiced satisfaction Monday that late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is “in a warm corner of hell” and called for efforts to bring an end to his family’s regime. McCain, a Republican lawmaker who was his party’s nominee for president in 2008, said that Kim subjected…

Richard Branson advocates to ‘end the war on drugs’

Inspired by a visit to Portugal, billionaire Richard Branson is calling on the United States and the rest of the world to end its war on drugs. In a blog post on his company’s site, the Virgin Media founder was impressed by the European nation’s move a decade ago to…

Allen West compares Occupy protesters to TV biker gang ‘Sons of Anarchy’

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) might be watching a little too much cable TV. While recently celebrating the 238th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, the Florida congressman took a swipe at Occupy Wall Street protesters by comparing them to the criminal biker gang depicted on FX’s Sons of Anarchy. “We…

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