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New drug tunnel found under U.S.-Mexico border

LOS ANGELES — US authorities announced Wednesday they had uncovered a “major” drug-smuggling tunnel under the US-Mexico border, the latest such find on the troubled frontier. US and Mexican officers seized at least 14 tons of marijuana and arrested two people linked to the “sophisticated” tunnel, which linked warehouses in…

Congress sends veterans jobs bill to Obama

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives on Wednesday gave final approval to a measure aimed at helping military veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan get jobs, and repealing certain payments required of government contractors. The lopsided 421-0 vote sent the legislation to President Barack Obama to sign…

Middle-class areas shrinking in U.S.: study

WASHINGTON — The number of middle-income neighborhoods in the United States has dwindled significantly over the past 40 years, as the rich-poor divide deepens across the country, a study released Wednesday showed. In 2007, nearly a third of American families — 31 percent — lived in either an affluent neighborhood…

Texas Democrats: Tea party ‘hell bent on disenfranchising poor’

The Democratic Party of Texas blasted the King Street Patriots, a local tea party group based in Houston, for inviting columnist Matthew Vadum to speak at a fundraising event. Vadum has said that registering poor people to vote was “antisocial and un-American” Talking Points Memo reported in October 2010 that…

Michigan Supreme Court upholds controversial foreclosure system

The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed an appeals court ruling that held the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS) had illegally foreclosed on thousands of homes last spring, according to Bloomberg. The Michigan Court of Appeals had ruled that MERS, a national system to assist in the sale of mortgage…

Wisc. Lt. Gov. Kleefisch urges voters not to sign ‘expensive’ recall petitions

Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch (R) is urging voters not to sign recall petitions against herself and Gov. Scott Walker (R) because the special election would cost “about 7.7 million dollars.” The Democratic Party of Wisconsin and United Wisconsin PAC launched a recall campaign against Walker and Kleefisch on Tuesday.…

D.C. mayor insists on balance in ‘Occupy’ protests

WASHINGTON — A “delicate balance” between public order and the right to demonstrate has enabled Washington to accept the occupation of two downtown squares, even as other US cities crack down on protest camps, Mayor Vincent Gray said Wednesday. Asked why the US capital has not come down on the…

Survivors demand right to sue over Holocaust trains

WASHINGTON — Aged Holocaust survivors made impassioned pleas to the US Congress Wednesday to allow them to sue France’s state-owned SNCF railway over its role in World War II deportations to Nazi death camps. “We are asking for the right to personally, rightfully claim what is ours,” said Renee Firestone…

Baylor University under fire for ‘Homosexuality as a Gateway Drug’ course

Baylor University, a private Christian school located in Texas, has unexpectedly made headlines for the name of an independent study course offered in the spring. The sociology course was called “Homosexuality as a Gateway Drug.” The name was later changed to “Special Topics in Sociology” after another student complained that…

House stages cheerleading session for Internet censorship bill

A bill that would allow corporations and the U.S. government to create and maintain a massive blacklist of websites accused of copyright infringement got its first serious hearing before a House committee today, but it turned out to be little more than a cheerleading session for sponsors of the legislation.…

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