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‘Occupy’ protesters dig in against police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tensions were rising at anti-Wall Street protests in three western U.S. cities on Friday as demonstrators in Portland, Salt Lake City and Oakland defied orders by police to dismantle their camps. In Portland, police said they had received reports that protesters were digging a reinforced hole…

Gaining Gingrich is Romney’s new challenge

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (Reuters) – Republican front-runner Mitt Romney has a new challenge to contend with as presidential candidates brace for another debate on Saturday — the rise of Newt Gingrich. The former speaker of the House of Representatives is gaining in the polls and may represent conservatives’ last best…

Police distribute eviction notices to Occupy Oakland

In the wake of an apparently unrelated shooting death that occurred near the Occupy Oakland encampment on Thursday, it appears that the city may be making another push to force the protesters to disband. A live blog at the Mercury News reported on Friday evening that “police are distributing eviction…

Shots fired near White House

News sources are reporting that shots were fired near the White House at 9:04 PM on Friday evening. According to reports, two vehicles were involved in the gunfire on the National Mall. An AK-47 has been recovered from one car that was abandoned by a fleeing suspect, who was last…

Conservative activists plotting to sabotage Scott Walker recall effort

The campaign to recall Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will not officially kick off until next Tuesday, but conservative activists are already openly discussing plants to sabotage the petition drive. The Politicscoop blog reported on Friday that it has been receiving screenshots of conservatives discussing how they might circulate false…

Defense Secretary Panetta cautions against attack on Iran

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Military action against Iran could have “unintended consequences” in the region, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, hours after Tehran warned that an attack against its nuclear sites would be met by “iron fists.” Panetta, who took over the Pentagon’s top job…

Poll finds Cain leading GOP; Romney, Gingrich tied for second

A survey published Friday by CBS News found that among Republican presidential candidates, former businessman Herman Cain has become the clear frontrunner, with former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tied, nipping at Cain’s heels. Despite Cain’s emergence as the party’s top choice at the moment,…

Herman Cain caught joking about Anita Hill

Herman Cain has said that he takes sexual harassment allegations “seriously” — but he wasn’t so serious when he was caught on tape Thursday yucking it up over alleged harassment victim Anita Hill. Fox News was the first to air video of Cain getting a big belly laugh as a…

Calif. county rebukes JP Morgan, Bank of America over fraud settlements

Officials in Santa Cruz county, California, have cut all ties with Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase after an examination of both organizations’ histories of cash settlements over fraud allegations. Santa Cruz Treasurer-Tax Collector Fred Keeley said Thursday evening that the banks, which were handling some of the county’s…

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