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‘Occupy’ protests target Republicans in Iowa

Protesters tied to the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, angrily denouncing “corrupt” US politicians, descended Saturday on the Iowa headquarters of Republican presidential candidates. Police arrested 10 of the demonstrators, including two teenage girls ages 14 and 16, outside Representative Michele Bachmann’s Urbandale base and charged them with trespassing, organizers said.…

Obama pledges to exempt Americans from indefinite detention law

President Barack Obama signed on New Year’s Eve a bill that gives the military authority to detain American citizens indefinitely and without criminal charge, breaking with the stroke of a pen one of his many campaign promises, even as he pledged that the new powers the bill grants will not…

Obama signs Iran sanctions into law

US President Barack Obama Saturday signed into law tough new sanctions targeting Iran’s central bank and financial sector, in a move likely to deepen acrimony between Washington and Tehran. The measures, meant to punish the Islamic Republic for its nuclear program, were contained in a $662 billion defense bill, which…

LA cars, homes ablaze in massive arson spree

Police in Los Angeles, with help from federal investigators, were searching Saturday for one or more suspects said to have set more than 30 vehicle fires in one of the worst arson sprees in city history. Fire officials said they have responded to some 30 fires, including 13 cases of…

California law turns up heat on labor conditions

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A new California law will force retailers and manufacturers to disclose from 2012 how they guard against slavery and human trafficking throughout their supply chains, ratcheting up scrutiny over some of the largest U.S. corporations. From January 1, about 3,200 major companies doing business or based…

Financial dispute delays 9/11 museum opening

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York will not be ready in time for its planned 2012 opening on the 11th anniversary of the attacks, due to a financial dispute between agencies involved in its construction, officials said on Friday. Arguing over money are…

White House Republican hopefuls make last Iowa push

Republican presidential hopefuls crisscrossed Iowa Saturday as they made a final frenzied push for votes ahead of the heartland state’s first-in-the-nation contest to pick the party’s nominee. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, savoring his regained frontrunner status, ripped President Barack Obama’s annual vacation to his native state of Hawaii as…

Obama urges voters to keep pressing for change

US President Barack Obama on Saturday told Americans to keep reminding Congress of what is at stake in their lives, as he predicted change in 2012 — the year in which he will seek reelection. In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president also called on Congress to extend…

Court challenge filed to Wisconsin anti-union law

By Jeff Mayers MADISON, Wisc (Reuters) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court should void a controversial state law curbing the power of public sector unions because a judge who ruled on the law had a conflict of interest, a county attorney said on Friday. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said…

Court delays strict new federal pollution rule at last minute

The U.S. District Court of Appeals granted a request to stay the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) pending further court review. The EPA finalized the rule in July, setting much stricter limits on sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide emissions from power plants in 27 states to…

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