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Poll finds Cain leading GOP; Romney, Gingrich tied for second

A survey published Friday by CBS News found that among Republican presidential candidates, former businessman Herman Cain has become the clear frontrunner, with former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tied, nipping at Cain’s heels. Despite Cain’s emergence as the party’s top choice at the moment,…

Herman Cain caught joking about Anita Hill

Herman Cain has said that he takes sexual harassment allegations “seriously” — but he wasn’t so serious when he was caught on tape Thursday yucking it up over alleged harassment victim Anita Hill. Fox News was the first to air video of Cain getting a big belly laugh as a…

Calif. county rebukes JP Morgan, Bank of America over fraud settlements

Officials in Santa Cruz county, California, have cut all ties with Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase after an examination of both organizations’ histories of cash settlements over fraud allegations. Santa Cruz Treasurer-Tax Collector Fred Keeley said Thursday evening that the banks, which were handling some of the county’s…

Police: Financially distressed man kills wife, parents, then self

Police in Pittsburgh said Friday morning that Jason Aube, a 40-year-old man who was living in his family’s foreclosed home, killed his wife, her parents and then himself in a grisly triple-murder suicide. Aube reportedly published a suicide note on Facebook, then took his whole family’s lives at approximately 4…

Protesters vow to ‘occupy’ Rose Parade

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Anti-Wall Street protesters hoping to commandeer a worldwide television audience to air their grievances said on Thursday they would peacefully “occupy” this year’s Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. Calling on Occupy demonstrators from across the country to join them, organizers said they would set up encampments…

Standoff looms at ‘Occupy Portland’

PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – Hundreds of anti-Wall Street demonstrators must leave their protest campsites in Portland, Oregon, by early Sunday morning, the city’s mayor said on Thursday, setting the stage for a possible standoff. City officials said they imposed the 12:01 a.m. Sunday deadline for Occupy Portland protesters to leave…

Cain hires defamation lawyer to monitor accusations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Herman Cain has hired a high-profile defamation lawyer to keep an eye on the sexual harassment accusations made public by two women this week. Atlanta attorney Lin Wood told Reuters on Thursday he was not hired to scare, intimidate or threaten anyone from making statements, but to…

Soldier found guilty of murdering Afghans, collecting body parts

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington — The ringleader of a rogue US army unit responsible for “thrill kills” of Afghan civilians was sentenced to life behind bars. But a five-person military panel said Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs — who was found guilty at the end of a week-long court martial —…

Security comes under scrutiny at ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest

NEW YORK — After a sexual assault at the crowded tent camp set up by Occupy Wall Street protestors in New York, security issues are starting to overshadow the more idealistic concerns of the activists. Ironically, the intense police presence deployed to keep the protestors under control does not extend…

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