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Obama allies push ahead with jobs package

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies in the US Senate pressed ahead Monday with plans to vote on a piece of his stalled jobs plan this week, in the face of stiff resistance from Republicans. “We cannot wait to create jobs. That is why I will bring this bill…

Rep. Keith Ellison: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters ‘absolutely right’

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Chair of the Progressive Caucus, said he supported the growing “Occupy” demonstrations and would be “more than happy” to advance their agenda. “It’s not really leaderless, it just has a lot of leaders,” he told The UpTake in an interview. “People are sick of…

Gallup poll: Record number of Americans favor marijuana legalization

Gallup has found that Americans favor marijuana legalization now more than ever. A record-high 50 percent of Americans say the use of marijuana should be made legal, up 4 percent from last year and 14 percent from 2006. Now only 46 percent say marijuana use should remain illegal, according to…

U.S. markets sink with no EU resolution in sight

NEW YORK — US markets sank Monday after a three-week rally after a meeting of G20 finance chiefs failed to boost confidence that a solution to the eurozone debt crisis is near. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 246.58 points (2.12 percent) to 11,397.91 in closing trade. The broader…

Supreme Court to hear Nigeria-Shell rights case

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court said Monday it will consider a lawsuit accusing Royal Dutch Shell of human rights abuses, a case that could make companies liable for torture or genocide committed overseas. The plaintiffs — relatives of seven Nigerians killed by the country’s former military regime — sued…

21 submachine guns stolen from LAPD SWAT

Thieves made off with 21 submachine guns and various other weapons from a Los Angeles Police Department SWAT training site last week. The 21 MP-5 submachine guns and 12 high-caliber handguns had been modified to fire only simulated rounds, but could be converted back to use live ammunition in about…

Rep. Grijalva: Protesters ‘not some fringe element’

Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd Monday that he had been inspired by attending Occupy protests in Tucson over the weekend. “I went and visited with the occupiers that were there at the park and talked to them and found that it is…

Arpaio: Electric fence joke proves Cain is serious

When Herman Cain meets with Maricopa Country Sheriff Joe Arpaio Monday, it will make him the fourth Republican presidential candidate to personally seek the endorsement of “America’s toughest sheriff.” “I’ll meet with Mr. Cain,” Arpaio told CNN’s Christine Roman’s Monday. “I’ll see how he stands on the illegal immigration problem.”…

BP recovers $4 billion in Gulf oil spill costs

British energy giant BP said on Monday it had recovered $4.0 billion in costs linked to last year’s devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill from US group Anadarko Petroleum Company. Anadarko has also agreed to transfer to BP its 25 percent stake in the Macondo well, where a leak in 2010 sparked an environmental catastrophe…

IndyCar racer Dan Wheldon dies in fiery crash

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died Sunday in a horrific 15-car crash that catapulted the Englishman’s car into the air and into a fence at the Las Vegas 300 IndyCar series finale. Wheldon, 33, died from injuries sustained in the fiery pile-up, in which several cars were sent flying while others careered down the track…

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