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Brown opens large lead on Warren in shock poll

A poll published this week shows Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) opening a large lead on Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, even after previous polls showed trends moving in the opposite direction. Published Thursday night by Suffolk University, the survey (PDF) claimed Brown holds a 9 percent lead over Warren — surprising,…

Audit reveals foreclosure abuse is rampant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A report this week showing rampant foreclosure abuse in San Francisco reflects similar levels of lender fraud and faulty documentation across the United States, say experts and officials who have done studies in other parts of the country. The audit of almost 400 foreclosures in San…

Florida bill would slash minimum wage for tipped workers

A Florida Senate committee has followed the advice of a restaurant association and passed a bill that would cut the minimum wage for tipped workers by more than half. The bill, SB 2106, would slash the current Florida tipped minimum wage of of $4.65 an hour to the federal standard…

Congress passes payroll tax cut

Updated, below: Senate passes payroll tax cut, Obama to sign The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Friday extending a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, avoiding proposed cuts to other welfare programs that were favored by Republicans. Negotiators announced last night that they were finalizing the $150 billion…

ICE agent killed, another injured in incident of ‘workplace violence’

One immigration agent was killed and another injured Thursday in a shooting in a federal building in Long Beach, south of Los Angeles, officials said. One agent shot and wounded another, after which a third agent shot and killed the original shooter, officials said in a late-evening press briefing, after…

Massachusetts town vows to defy indefinite detention law

A small town in Massachusetts says it is “opting out” of a federal law that allows the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without trial. The city of Northampton on Thursday passed a strongly worded resolution (PDF) to protest provisions of the federal government’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which even…

Santorum attacks media over backer’s ‘bad joke’ on contraception

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum took a page from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s playbook on Friday and lashed out at CBS News for asking him about a major supporter who dismissed the need for contraception by saying women could put an aspirin “between their knees.” “This is someone who…

Judge allows church services at New York public school

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York City church can continue to hold religious services inside a public school for at least 10 more days, a federal judge ruled Thursday, the latest decision in a 16-year legal battle over a city law that prohibits using school buildings for worship. Bronx…

U.S. nuclear industry’s fate rests with Southern Co.

NEW YORK/HOUSTON (Reuters) – The future of U.S. nuclear power rests squarely on the shoulders of Atlanta-based Southern Co, which will lead the industry’s effort to prove the concept of new reactor construction after a 30-year hiatus. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on February 9 voted 4-1 to issue…

Citigroup whistleblower: I have no regrets

(Reuters) – It wasn’t Sherry Hunt’s original intent to go public on the shoddy quality control at a mortgage unit at Citigroup Inc , her employer since 2004. But by March 2011, as it became apparent to her that the problems were getting worse and not being addressed, the Missouri…

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