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Doctors: Scott Olsen suffered brain damage and is unable to speak

The Iraq veteran seriously wounded Tuesday night at “Occupy Oakland” sustained minor brain damage and has been rendered unable to speak, doctors said Friday, adding that he will likely be able to make a full recovery in time. Scott Olsen, 24, was said to be otherwise lucid and able to…

Cigarette-smoking Cain aide dogged by voter suppression claims

Following the release of an ad showing him puffing on a cigarette, an adviser for Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is facing some extra scrutiny — and it isn’t just about his nicotine habit. An Associated Press report released Friday found that Cain chief of staff Mark Block not only…

Romney suddenly morphs into a climate change skeptic

Speaking to a crowd in Philadelphia yesterday, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) suddenly changed his position on whether humans contribute to climate change, insisting that “we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet.” He added that “the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try…

Police confront occupations in NYC, San Diego, Nashville, Raleigh

Protesters in the Occupy movement around the country faced arrests and evictions Thursday as thousands held vigils for injured Marine veteran Scott Olsen. At least 1,000 gathered in Oakland at the site where Olsen had his skull fractured just two days earlier. Olsen’s family said he was awake, lucid and…

Analysis: Dodd-Frank, the jobs bill no one talks about

President Barack Obama may be smarting because his sweeping jobs bill has mostly stalled in Congress, but the Dodd-Frank bill — much maligned as a job killer — could boost the kind of work Democrats find hard to tout. The Dodd-Frank financial reform overhaul last year aimed to curb the…

Wounded Iraq veteran awake after ‘Occupy Oakland’ head injury

OAKLAND (Reuters) – An Iraq war veteran badly wounded in clashes between protesters and police on the streets of Oakland was awake and lucid, hospital officials and family members said on Thursday. Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old former U.S. Marine struck in the head during Wall Street protests on Tuesday night,…

Chicago may decriminalize marijuana

CHICAGO — Chicago pot smokers may soon be able to light up without fear of jail time. Several Windy City councilmen said Thursday they plan to introduce a local law that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in order to cut costs and free up police to handle…

U.S. energy secretary to face grilling over failed firm

WASHINGTON — US Energy Secretary Steven Chu will testify to a key congressional committee November 17 about a half billion-dollar loan to now bankrupt solar panel firm Solyndra, the panel announced. President Barack Obama’s Republican foes have been hunting for evidence that politics at the White House improperly shaped the…

Chicago traders taunt ‘Occupy Chicago’ protesters with ‘We are Wall Street’ leaflets

Someone in the Chicago Board of Trade dropped leaflets on top of “Occupy Chicago” protesters Wednesday afternoon as they rallied alongside unions in the city’s financial district. “We are Wall Street,” the leaflet said. “It is our job to make money.” “Go ahead and continue to take us down, but…

Officials urge Perry to delay execution

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen current and former prosecutors and lawmakers urged Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican presidential candidate, to delay a condemned man’s execution to allow for DNA testing. Henry “Hank” Skinner was sentenced to death for the 1993 triple slaying of his girlfriend, who was beaten…

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