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Thousands of families split by immigration efforts

The US drive to expel illegal immigrants has separated more than 5,000 children from their parents, and another 15,000 face a similar fate in the coming years, a study said Wednesday. The report by the activist Applied Research Center (ARC) found at least 5,100 children currently living in foster care…

Jury finds Russian ‘merchant of death’ guilty

A New York jury found a Russian arms dealer, dubbed “the merchant of death,” guilty of conspiring to sell a huge arsenal to US-designated terrorists, in a case that has angered Moscow. Viktor Bout, 44, who was extradited from Thailand to the United States in 2010, was found guilty on…

Little light at end of U.S. unemployment tunnel

Unemployment in the United States, deeply entrenched and painfully high, appears set to continue for years amid sluggish economic growth too weak to bring it down, new data shows. After a steep recession, the world’s biggest economy is growing nowhere near enough to compensate for population growth that swells the…

Clashes erupt after protests shut down Port of Oakland

Clashes broke out between masked protesters and police here early Thursday after a day of peaceful anti-Wall Street protests shut down one of the United States’ busiest ports. The demonstrations were mainly peaceful until around midnight, when dozens of protesters in the city center hurled rocks and bottles, briefly occupied…

Bernie Sanders: Citizens United ruling ‘basically insane’

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday night slammed the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision and supported legislation to overturn it. Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Michael Bennet of Colorado introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that would overturn the ruling, which gave corporations and unions…

Third woman alleges Herman Cain sexually harassed her

A third woman considered filing a complaint against Herman Cain for aggressive and unwanted behavior while he was the head of the National Restaurant Association, according to the Associated Press. The woman said Cain engaged in inappropriate behavior, including a private invitation to his corporate apartment, that made her feel…

‘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…

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