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Wells Fargo to give staff tough healthcare choices

(Reuters) – Wells Fargo & Co plans to cut costs by moving its workers into insurance plans that encourage them to spend less on healthcare. The bank told Reuters that it is rolling out a new insurance approach next year that will give employees accounts to help cover medical expenses.…

McCain faults Obama over Iran assassination plot

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Thursday that President Barack Obama could have prevented Iran’s “inept” plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States. “The thing that’s surprising about it is how ridiculously inept [the plot] was,” the former Republican presidential nominee told CBS’ Eric Hill. “I think the…

U.S. support for death penalty hits 29-year low

Americans’ support for the death penalty has waned to a 39-year low, according to results of a Gallup poll released Thursday. The controversial topic of capital punishment has been in the news recently surrounding the execution of Georgia inmate Troy Davis. Davis was convicted of murdering off-duty Georgia police officer…

Obama and Democrats raise $70 million in quarter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee raised more than $70 million from July to September for his re-election bid, the campaign said on Thursday, topping a $55 million target. The report shows that Obama’s money train did not stall amid protracted summer debt talks and…

Texas grant recipients gave millions to Governor Perry

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) – Businesses that won grants from a Texas economic development fund contributed $7 million to Governor Rick Perry and the Republican Governors Association, which supports him, a report by a watchdog group said on Thursday. Perry has made his job creation record in Texas a central…

Maddow: Republicans too busy with abortion to create jobs

After Senate Republicans blocked Barack Obama’s jobs bill Tuesday, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow accused GOP lawmakers Wednesday night of prioritizing their campaign to limit abortion access over job creation. Despite the fact that the majority of Americans are concerned about employment, she said Republicans were “laser focused” on abortion. Watch…

Gays honor U.S. rights pioneer Frank Kameny

WASHINGTON — Tributes poured in Wednesday for Frank Kameny, a pioneer of the gay rights movement in the United States who died the day before in Washington at the age of 86. “The death of Frank Kameny is a profound loss and he will be greatly missed,” the National Gay…

New York protest square to be ‘temporarily cleared’: mayor

NEW YORK — The small Manhattan square occupied by anti-Wall Street protestors for almost four weeks will be temporarily cleared for cleaning on Friday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. Bloomberg went to the protest site, where several hundred people are camped out, to explain the move, which would be…

U.S. deported 397,000 immigrants in year

WASHINGTON — US authorities deported 397,000 undocumented immigrants, of which 210,000 had criminal records in the fiscal year just concluded, the top immigration enforcer told lawmakers Wednesday. John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), offered the figure at a congressional hearing, which would outpace the records of 390,000…

Cain takes lead in Republican nomination race: poll

WASHINGTON — Former pizza executive Herman Cain has vaulted to the lead of Republican presidential contenders in a national poll released Wednesday. The new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll gave Cain, known for blunt talk and his succinct “9-9-9″ tax-slashing plan, 27 percent of likely Republican primary voters. It was…

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