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Judge blocks California attempt to lower greenhouse gas emissions

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge blocked California’s signature attempt to lower greenhouse gas emissions, a victory for out-of-state ethanol producers and refiners that has California’s air quality board vowing to appeal. U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill in Fresno on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction against a regulation adopted…

Oakland protesters who took over foreclosed home arrested

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A dozen anti-Wall Street protesters who had taken over a foreclosed home in Oakland were arrested on Thursday, protest organizers said. The home, which protesters said they were using as housing for formerly homeless individuals and as a community meeting space, was taken over on December…

Gingrich dreams of Thatcher White House bid

Margaret Thatcher for US president? Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich mused Friday that the former British prime minister, a hero to US conservatives, might have been a dream candidate for the White House — in a radically different world. “If Margaret Thatcher were here today and 30 years younger, I…

Romney criticizes Obama over Hawaii vacation

Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney, bolstered by a new poll confirming his frontrunner status, ripped President Barack Obama on Friday over his year-end Hawaii vacation. Hunting for a win in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation January 3 nominating caucus, Romney used the embattled Democratic incumbent’s annual family trip to his native state…

Obama delays request for debt limit increase

President Barack Obama will delay asking Congress for $1.2 trillion to raise the US government’s debt ceiling to allow vacationing lawmakers time to weigh the request, officials said Friday. But a senior White House official stressed that the decision was purely a procedural maneuver that should not spook markets and…

Romney’s son jokes about Obama’s birth certificate

One of Mitt Romney’s sons did his best on Thursday to promote the rumor that the nation’s first black president may not be a U.S. citizen. Stumping for his dad in Concord, New Hampshire, Matt Romney told a group of senior citizens that the multimillionaire candidate might not release his…

Dead man to be sued over flying body parts

An 18-year-old man who was hit and killed by a train in 2008 will be the subject of a present-day lawsuit after an appellate judge ruled that a woman injured by his flying body parts may pursue a claim against his estate. Ruling that the man was negligent, and that…

Paul once criticized equal pay, AIDS patients, sexual harassment victims

In one of his earliest books, the libertarian-leaning Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) explained just how deep his ideology runs, with the Civil Rights Act, equal pay for women, laws protecting workers from sexual harassment and the sufferers of AIDS drawing portions of his ire. Related: Raw Story’s Mike Rogers: Paul…

Former GOP city chair busted for videotaping naked boys

A former New Jersey Republican city chair has been arrested on multiple charges of using a hidden camera to videotape naked boys using communal showers at a Catholic high school. Patrick Lott, the 54-year-old assistant principal at Bernardsville Middle School since 2009, is facing more than 50 counts including endangering…

Mercedes, BMW vie for US luxury car crown

In a first, two German manufacturers — Mercedes-Benz and BMW — are dueling for the honor of being the top luxury brand sold in the United States. With the champion of the past 11 years, Toyota’s Lexus, hobbled by the fallout from Japan’s March 11 earthquake-tsunami-nuclear meltdown disaster, the two…

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