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Perry, Bachmann take swipes at Cain in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Republicans Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann took veiled swipes at surging presidential rival Herman Cain on Saturday as six of the party’s White House hopefuls courted social conservatives at an Iowa forum. Appearing separately before about 1,000 conservative activists, the Republican candidates all pledged to…

Louisiana’s Jindal declares victory in re-election bid

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, seen as a rising star in the Republican Party, declared victory Saturday in his state’s gubernatorial election. “You’ve chosen to give me another four years as your governor,” he told supporters less than an hour after polls closed. “We’ve got a lot…

Occupy Wall Street protests ‘police brutality’

About 500 people, including activists from the Occupy Wall Street movement, marched through New York on Saturday in protest at police abuses. The demonstration through Manhattan marked the nationwide Annual Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality. However, the rally came under extra attention this year against the background of…

Fraud case leaves California Democrats scrambling

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Stunning accusations that a top California Democratic campaign treasurer looted the war chests of her big-name clients have left candidates across the state scrambling to raise more money as election season looms. Kinde Durkee, who controlled the funds of roughly 400 candidates and groups, ranging from…

Nevada bows to pressure, pushes caucus to February 4

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Nevada Republican Party pushed the date of its presidential caucus back to February 4, bowing under pressure not to undermine the New Hampshire primary that has traditionally been one of the first key contests for presidential contenders. The state party voted to move the caucus from…

Winter woes threaten Wall Street occupiers

They put on a gritty war face and insist they are more determined now than ever, but the Occupy Wall Street campers now face the slow advance of an unrelenting enemy: the New York winter. As freezing winds blew Friday over the epicenter of their protests, Zuccotti Park in Manhattan,…

Suspect in basement torture case diagnosed as schizophrenic

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Linda Ann Weston, who allegedly locked mentally-challenged adults in a basement dungeon in Philadelphia, was once diagnosed as mentally retarded and schizophrenic, court records revealed on Friday. The diagnosis of Weston, 51, appeared in documents tied to her 1983 third-degree murder conviction for starving to death a…

End in sight, U.S. veterans ponder pain of Iraq war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – They remembered friends who died and brave Iraqis they had met, but news on Friday that the Iraq war was ending couldn’t erase questions among U.S. veterans about whether it has all been worth it. Sentiment about whether the nearly nine-year war was right or wrong was…

Anti-Wall St. protesters march with Verizon workers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Anti-Wall Street protesters joined Verizon Communications workers on Friday in a march to denounce corporate greed as the company and 45,000 employees negotiate a new labor contract. The march by about 500 people to a Verizon store in Lower Manhattan coincided with the top U.S. mobile…

Years after NAFTA, first long-haul Mexican truck enters U.S.

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The first Mexican truck bound for the U.S. interior crossed at the international bridge at Laredo, Texas, on Friday, carrying electronic equipment destined for suburban Dallas and fulfilling a controversial provision of the 1994 North American Free Trade Act. The move was praised by business leaders…

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