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California bans under-age tanning and public guns

LOS ANGELES — California governor Jerry Brown won praise Monday for banning under 18s from using tanning beds, the first US state to do so to protect minors from increased skin cancer risks. The move was approved amid a slew of new state laws, including one that bans people from…

Huntsman: Anti-Mormon pastor is a ‘moron’

Republican presidential candidate and Mormon Jon Huntsman on Monday called a Dallas pastor a “moron” for claiming that Mormonism was a false religion. TV evangelist and prominent religious leader Pastor Robert Jeffress called Mormonism a “cult” at a conservative gathering on Friday, just minutes after introducing Texas Gov. Rick Perry.…

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs transgender protection bill

California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday signed legislation into law that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and expression. The Gender Nondiscrimination Act strengthens employment, housing and other civil rights protections for transgender Californians. It was authored by Assemblymember Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego. “The Gender Nondiscrimination Act…

Limits on supplemental Medicare plans eyed

Limits on supplemental Medicare plans eyed WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Medicare supplemental health plans, popular among politically powerful retirees, could come under the budget knife being wielded by the special deficit-reduction panel of Congress, according to sources keeping close watch on its work. The so-called “Medigap” insurance plans shield the elderly…

Dick Gregory says Occupy Wall Street has whiff of 1960s

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Veteran comic and activist Dick Gregory said the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations were reminiscent of the 1960s civil rights movement and police violence could catapult it into a mass protest. Gregory, 78, said political leaders faced the danger of underestimating the strength of the anti-corporate protests that…

New bankruptcy ripples may emerge in tough economy

(Reuters) – Three years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers touched off a tidal wave of bankruptcy filings, corporate failures may be about to pick up again, with some big-name companies among those struggling for survival. Companies in a range of businesses, including hair salons, restaurants, renewable energy, and the…

Chicago protesters seek exchange tax to fund jobs

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Stand Up Chicago, a coalition planning a protest against economic inequality on Monday, wants to levy a $1.4 billion tax on trading at the city’s biggest financial exchanges to fund a jobs program. Calling CME Group Inc and CBOE Holdings Inc “giant casinos” that fuel the kind…

Politics professor: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ a turning point for the left

Dorian Warren, assistant professor of political science and public affairs at Columbia University, appeared Monday on Democracy Now to discuss the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protests in Manhattan and other cities across the United States. “This is an incredibly significant moment, I think, in U.S. history,” he told Amy Goodman.…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ seeks new ways to remain radically inclusive

As the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in lower Manhattan grows, the demonstrators are hoping to find new ways to insure that everyone’s voice is heard. The New York City General Assembly — the decision-making body for the protest — describes itself as a “horizontal, autonomous, leaderless, modified-consensus-based system.” The body…

Juan Williams: This is the age of Ron Paul

Fox News contributor Juan Williams on Sunday said that this was the “age of Ron Paul” during a panel discussion about the Republican presidential primary race. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), a libertarian, has gained an enthusiastic following for his strong views on limited government, free market economics and non-interventionist foreign…

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