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‘Occupy Oakland’ protesters shut down Port of Oakland

Several thousand “Occupy Oakland” protesters on Wednesday night shut down the California city’s port, one of the busiest in the United States. Some 5,000 people joined the protest, organizers said, in a strong start for the strike, called after police raided the group’s downtown encampment last week and later clashed…

Private-sector data highlights weak U.S. job market

WASHINGTON — The unemployment scourge ravaging the United States showed no sign of letup in October, as the world’s biggest economy struggles to recover from recession, according to data released Wednesday. With Europe’s debt crisis escalating, threatening global growth, the entrenched high US jobless rate undermines the economy’s resilience against…

Rep. Hank Johnson: Tea party Republicans trying to steal 2012 election

Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia said on the House floor Wednesday that tea party Republicans in state legislatures were trying to suppress Democratic voters with “restrictive and unnecessary” laws. According to a recent report by the Brennan Center for Justice, changes to voting laws could suppress up to five…

Bernanke on ‘Occupy Wall Street’: Fed not part of the problem

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sympathized with the “Occupy Wall Street” movement’s dissatisfaction with economic inequality at a press conference Wednesday, but said protesters should not blame the Fed for bailing out the banks. Bernanke responded to a question about “Occupy Wall Street” by saying that he was dissatisfied with…

Texas judge confesses to beating disabled daughter

Video of a Texas judge beating his disabled daughter in 2004 has recently gone viral, but he’s says “it’s not as bad as it seems.” Hillary Adams told KRIS-TV that she posted the video late last month after years of abuse by her father, Aransas County Judge William Adams. “Waiting…

Obama mocks House resolution, says God backs jobs plan

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Wednesday said even God wanted to put Americans back to work, invoking divine blessing for his joust with Republicans over measures designed to slice into high unemployment. Obama also taunted his foes with historic arguments in favor of repairing vital infrastructure once made by conservative…

Obama regains top spot in Forbes most powerful list

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has regained the top spot in Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s most powerful people, edging out Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and last year’s winner, Chinese President Hu Jintao, who slipped down to third. Obama, who topped the list in 2009 only to…

New Hampshire to hold primaries January 10

NEW YORK — New Hampshire will hold its presidential primary elections on January 10, maintaining its first-in-the-nation primary status, state officials said Wednesday. Part of the first round of voting that will see Iowa hold its caucuses a week earlier on January 3, the primaries will help select the Republican…

Teen in recovery from accidental haunted house hanging

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – A teenager who was accidentally tangled in a hangman’s noose while acting at a Halloween haunted house was out of intensive care on Wednesday and recovering from the incident that left her briefly not breathing and unconscious, police said. The 17-year-old, who was not identified because…

Cain says foes ‘trying to destroy me’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said on Wednesday that his opponents are “trying to destroy me” over allegations of sexual harassment that have rocked his 2012 bid. The controversy is threatening to engulf Cain’s campaign just as he is leading in many polls of Republican voters who…

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