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Walker insider said to be readying testimony

A former aide to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) will testify against her former colleagues after officials filed charges of illegal campaign activity while working on taxpayer time, local media has learned. Darlene Wink, a 61-year-old former public employee charged on Thursday with two misdemeanor counts of political solicitation by…

Park Service: ‘Occupy D.C.’ to be evicted on Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Park Service will bar Occupy DC protesters from camping in the two parks where have been living since October, in a blow to one of the highest-profile chapters of the movement denouncing economic inequality. The Occupy DC protesters must stop camping in McPherson Square and…

Mayor besieged by thousands of tacos after racist remark

When recently asked about his support for Latino rights, the mayor of East Haven, Connecticut said that he “might have some tacos” for dinner. Little did he know, a local group of activists would be happy to take him up on that. Days later, 500 tacos showed up at Mayor…

Ron Paul: ‘The welfare system helps the wealthy’

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul wants to abolish all income taxes — but he says he’ll have to completely destroy the “welfare system” to do it. During CNN’s Republican debate in Florida on Thursday, moderator Wolf Blitzer asked Paul if he agreed with the tax policies that former President Ronald…

Arizona cop investigated over bullet-riddled picture of Obama

The Secret Service is investigating an Arizona police officer over a picture he posted on Facebook that appeared to show President Barack Obama riddled with bullets. Peoria’s Sgt. Pat Shearer admitted to KNXV that he took the photo of several young men — possibly minors — posing with guns and…

Pair questioned over decapitated man

Police were Friday questioning two men over the murder of a man whose burned and decapitated body was found in Stockport. Firefighters found the body of John Grainger, 32, early Thursday ablaze on a verge in the town centre, opposite the Gala Casino. His head was found nearby. Post-mortem tests…

U.S. growing at 2-3 percent rate: Geithner

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – The U.S. economy is growing at 2-3 percent but still faces big challenges to repair damage wrought by the financial crisis, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Friday. “I think if you look at the Fed’s forecast and the consensus of private forecasters, people are pretty…

Romney forgets attack ad that he approved

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he doesn’t coordinate with the super PACs that support him, but apparently he doesn’t coordinate with himself either. During the CNN-hosted debate in Florida on Thursday, the former Massachusetts governor couldn’t remember an ad attacking Newt Gingrich, even though he approved it and his…

Minnesota laying groundwork for gray wolf hunt

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Minnesota officials on Thursday outlined plans to permit a hunting season for the gray wolf this year following its removal from federal endangered species protections, prompting opponents of the plan to consider a court challenge. Minnesota is home to the largest population of gray wolves in the…

BP must pay part of rig owner’s eventual Gulf costs

CHICAGO — British oil giant BP must cover some of the eventual claims against rig owner Transocean arising from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a US judge has ruled, with any bill set to run into billions of dollars. The mixed ruling found BP must indemnify the Swiss drilling…

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