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Soft drink advertising targets children and teens: study

Reuters) – U.S. children and teenagers are seeing far more soda advertising than before, with blacks and Hispanics being major targets, as marketers have expanded online, a study released on Monday found. The report, from the Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, also found that many fruit…

Madoff wife, son say they will never forgive him

The wife and son of disgraced Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff said they would never forgive him for committing a massive fraud which led a second son to commit suicide. Ruth and Andrew Madoff told CBS’s “60 Minutes” program that Mark Madoff slowly fell apart before hanging himself in shame…

Freak snowstorm cuts power to millions in U.S.

Rare October snows transformed the northeastern United States into a Halloween winter wonderland, but millions were left without power and three deaths were blamed on the storm. The unseasonable snowfall disrupted air, rail and road traffic from Washington to Boston and the National Weather Service warned of “extremely hazardous” conditions…

Politico: Herman Cain accused of sexual harassment

Politico reported on Sunday that when Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was head of the National Restaurant Association, a post he held from 1996 to 1999, “at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior.” According to Politico’s sources, the women left the lobbying…

Occupy Wall Street turns to pedal power

The Occupy Wall Street protesters who were left without power after their gas-fueled generators were confiscated by New York City authorities on Friday may have found the idea solution in the form of a stationary bicycle hooked up to charge batteries. Stephan Keegan of the non-profit environmental group Time’s Up…

Kansas grain elevator explodes, killing at least three

CHICAGO — Three people were dead and three others missing following a massive explosion at a grain storage facility in the midwestern state of Kansas, a fire official told AFP Sunday. The huge blast late Saturday at a grain elevator at the Bartlett Grain Company in the town of Atchison…

38 arrested at ‘Occupy Austin’ protest

Thirty-eight “Occupy Austin” protesters were arrested outside City Hall on Sunday during two confrontations with the Austin Police Department, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The confrontation began when police moved into the City Hall plaza to enforce new rules banning food tables between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The “Occupy…

Cain defends accusing Planned Parenthood of ‘planned genocide’

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is standing by his assertion that reproductive health care provider Planned Parenthood is carrying out the “planned genocide” of African Americans. In a March speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation, Cain said the organization’s mission was to “help kill black babies before they came into…

White House responds to marijuana legalization petition

Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, responded Friday to an extremely popular marijuana legalization petition on the White House’s “We the People” site. He responded to the petition by stating that the legalization of marijuana would not resolve the problems associated with…

More than two dozen people arrested at ‘Occupy Portland’ demonstration

More than two dozen people were arrested Sunday morning as “Occupy Portland” protesters tried to expand into Jamison Square Park. The protesters were arrested after refusing police orders to leave the park, which closed at midnight. They were charged with criminal trespassing, interfering with a police officer and disorderly conduct,…

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