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Republicans Romney and Bachmann lead Iowa poll

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican front-runner Mitt Romney and U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann led a closely watched presidential poll of Iowa Republicans, the state that holds the first contest in the nomination battle. The Iowa caucuses, often held on a frigid winter night that can limit turnout to those…

Teapartier told to reimburse Alaska for election challenge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Failed Senate candidate Joe Miller must reimburse Alaska more than $17,000 in legal fees and costs incurred during his fight to overturn Lisa Murkowski’s write-in victory, a state judge ruled on Friday. Miller, a Tea Party favorite, beat the more moderate Murkowski in the Republican primary.…

Death toll expected to rise in Amtrak collision

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal transportation safety investigators on Saturday were investigating the Nevada crash between a tractor-trailer rig and an Amtrak train, where authorities believe more bodies may be found in the wreckage. At least two people were confirmed killed and dozens injured in the Friday morning collision at…

Two bombs found at Denver area shopping mall, FBI says

DENVER (Reuters) – Two bombs were found inside a Borders Bookstore in a suburban Denver shopping mall overnight, the FBI said on Saturday. Police were summoned to the Colorado Mills Mall in Lakewood early on Saturday after a store alarm sounded, the FBI said in a news release. Police discovered…

Food Not Bombs members arrested for serving food without a permit

Members of the charitable group Food Not Bombs have been arrested in Orlando, Florida for serving food without a permit, DemocracyNow reported. A city law states that a permit must be obtained to serve food to 25 or more people in a park, and limits groups to two permits per…

Wal-Mart plaintiffs seek more time to pursue cases

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Attorneys representing women who unsuccessfully sued Wal-Mart Stores Inc for gender discrimination filed a motion on Friday asking a U.S. District Court to freeze the statute of limitations for their complaints against the retailer. The U.S. Supreme Court threw out their massive class action suit on June…

‘Sheriff Joe’ orders AZ deputies to question undocumented immigrants about wildfires

Deputies in Arizona’s Maricopa County arrested 20 immigrants making their way from Mexico to the U.S. last week, and detained them for questioning about the wildfires plaguing Arizona. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the infamously tough “Sheriff Joe,” released a statement about the arrests, which occurred near the border where the wildfires…

Wisconsin Justice Prosser allegedly grabbed another judge around the neck in argument

Justice David Prosser, who has already seen his share of press this year after a long-fought, contentious re-election campaign to Wisconsin’s Supreme Court, is again in the spotlight after allegedly grabbing one of his colleagues around the neck during an argument. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that while arguing with…

Captured mobster Whitey Bulger appears in Boston court

BOSTON, Massachusetts (AFP) – Fugitive mobster James “Whitey” Bulger Friday appeared before a Boston court handcuffed and under tight security two days after he was captured after 16 years on the run. Dozens crowded court benches for a glimpse as Bulger, white bearded under the hood of a white sweatshirt,…

NY Senate chamber erupts with cheers after same-sex marriage passes

The New York state Senate passed same-sex marriage Friday night, making New York the sixth state to have legalized marriage equality. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow anchored the channel during the vote, and carried a live feed of the Senate floor. “What just happened will double the number of people in the…

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