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Judge rules Colorado education law unconstitutional

DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado judge ruled on Friday that the state’s education law is unconstitutional because it underfunds public schools and fails to provide a “thorough and uniform” education to all students. In a 183-page decision, Denver District Court Judge Sheila Rappaport said the state legislature needs to craft…

Dozens of local school unions recertified in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) – The vast majority of local school unions up for recertification in Wisconsin have voted to recertify despite statewide collective bargaining measures for public workers that have sharply limited their power. Around 85 percent of 177 local school unions were recertified by their members through a process…

Hollywood gunman shot dead by policeman from movie set

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire on motorists in the heart of Hollywood on Friday, wounding three people before he was shot to death by an off-duty police officer who had been working on a nearby film set. The bizarre mid-morning incident, which some witnesses initially mistook for…

Iowa’s religious conservatives up in air on 2012

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Reuters) – Frozen by indecision, Iowa’s politically powerful religious conservatives are still on the sidelines in the Republican presidential race less than a month before the state’s kick-off nominating contest. After helping to propel Mike Huckabee to victory over Mitt Romney in the state in 2008, many…

Liberal Portland mayor emerges as Occupy critic

PORTLAND, Ore (Reuters) – Portland Mayor Sam Adams is a self-described strong liberal, but despite sharing the politics of many anti-Wall Street protesters who rocked his city, he has also emerged as one of their harshest critics. Adams told Reuters this week in an interview at City Hall in Portland…

Arrests as police clear Occupy Boston camp

BOSTON (Reuters) – Police made dozens of arrests early Saturday as they cleared away the remaining Occupy Boston encampment in the city’s financial district in a mostly peaceful action. Authorities, including more than 100 police officers, swept into the area before sunrise, when many of the campers were asleep, and…

Occupy Wall Street reaches the North Pole via Internet

The Occupy Wall Street movement reached Santa’s workshop on Friday, at least in the imagination of a Miami web firm that has come up with a way to rant with wit over the Christmas holiday. Occupy North Pole (www.occupynorthpole.net) features a platoon of elves in green tights waving placards bearing…

Women’s groups unite for 2012 US election

Some 40 women’s groups in the United States have teamed up for the 2012 presidential election to defend gains made on women’s issues in recent decades and ensure they vote. Known as HERvotes, the non-partisan outfit includes the National Organization of Women as well as groups representing jurists, African-Americans, Latinas,…

Retail chain pressured into pulling advertising from reality show about Muslims

The cable channel TLC may have thought it was promoting the cause of ethnic and religious harmony by running a program that sympathetically examines the lives of five ordinary American Muslim families. But now the show itself has become a source of conflict, with the conservative Florida Family Association urging…

Alabama to revise immigration law after embarrassing gaffes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) – Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said on Friday he would work to revise the state’s tough new immigration law following embarrassing incidents where foreign workers were detained because they were not carrying sufficient identification. Bentley, House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, said…

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