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Pregnant Seattle protester miscarries after being kicked, pepper sprayed

A woman who was pepper sprayed during during a raid on Occupy Seattle last week is blaming police after she miscarried Sunday. Jennifer Fox, 19, told The Stranger that she had been with the Occupy protests since they started in Westlake Park. She said she was homeless and three months…

MF Global trustee says $1.2 billion missing from company

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The shortfall of commodity customer funds at MF Global Holdings Ltd may be around $1.2 billion, about double initial estimates from regulators, the trustee liquidating the company said on Monday. The news was a blow to customers still hoping to get more of their cash out of frozen broker accounts…

U.S. presidential hopeful Gingrich leads Republicans

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich has pulled ahead of rival Mitt Romney in a nationwide poll released Tuesday of Republicans, weeks ahead of their first primaries to decide a candidate for the 2012 US presidential election. Gingrich, an ex-congressman from Georgia, leads the pack ofRepublican hopefuls with 26 percent support, compared to 22 percent for…

Police arrest 15 at Massachusetts foreclosure protest

AMHERST, Mass (Reuters) – Fifteen people were arrested at a sit-in against home foreclosures at a Bank of America branch in Massachusetts on Monday, while Tea Party supporters demonstrated across the street, organizers and police said. Roughly 350 supporters of New England tenants and former homeowners complaining about foreclosures by…

UC Davis chancellor sorry for pepper-spray incident

DAVIS, Calif (Reuters) – A University of California chancellor apologized to jeering students on Monday for police use of pepper spray against campus protesters in a standoff captured by video and widely replayed on television and the Internet. The pepper-spraying last week led to suspensions of the campus police chief…

December court date set for Bradley Manning in WikiLeaks case

WASHINGTON — Bradley Manning, the US soldier alleged to have passed a trove of military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks, will have a first hearing before a military court next month, the Pentagon said. Manning, who has spent the past year-and-a-half in prison, is to appear before a December 16…

Six reasons limits on Super PACs are barely limits at all

By Marian Wang Ask any campaign-finance expert about Super PACs and you’ll likely keep hearing one word: “coordination.” That’s because Super PACs — the super-powered groups that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money from anyone — have just one crucial restriction on their powers: By law, they’re not…

Obama: Republicans refuse to listen to reason

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama warned Congress on Monday that he would veto any legislative attempt to escape automatic cuts triggered by the failure to reach a long-term debt reduction deal. “There’s still too many Republicans in Congress who have refused to listen to the voice of reason and…

Poll: 56 percent in U.S. ambivalent towards ‘Occupy Wall Street’

The majority of Americans are ambivalent towards the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protests and are also uncertain about their goals, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said they neither support nor oppose the two-month-old movement and 59 percent said they didn’t know enough…

Judge orders psychological test for alleged White House shooter

WASHINGTON — A US federal judge on Monday ordered a psychological evaluation for the 21-year-old Idaho man accused of attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama by firing an assault rifle at the White House. Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez appeared in federal court in handcuffs and sporting long black hair and a…

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