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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…

Tim Wise: White folks have been ‘occupying’ Manhattan for hundreds of years

Indigenous activists have recently expressed concern over “language of occupy.” On Friday night, Melissa Harris-Perry and anti-racist activist and educator Tim Wise took on the topic on The Rachel Maddow Show. Wise is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. During their discussion, Wise…

Murdoch survives attempt to dethrone him at News Corp

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Using contentious barbs and comedic relief, Rupert Murdoch deflected attempts by angry investors to remove him as chairman of his News Corp empire at the company’s annual meeting on Friday. The 80-year-old media baron survived what was effectively a no-confidence vote and also…

Cornel West arrested for protesting ‘stop and frisk’ in New York City

Princeton professor and noted activist Cornel West was arrested last weekend for protesting in front of the Supreme Court, and on Friday afternoon he repeated the experience in New York City. West was part of a demonstration against the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy, in which individuals…

McCain calls end of Iraq War “a strategic victory for our enemies”

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s conservative critics on Friday blasted his announcement that all US troops will leave Iraq by year’s end, citing worries US archnemesis Iran will fill the vacuum. Republican Senator John McCain, Obama’s rival for the White House in 2008, described the news as a “consequential failure”…

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg says to expect more OWS arrests

New York City Major Mike Bloomberg suggested on Friday that he feels he’s been going too easy on the Occupy Wall Street protesters and that more arrests may lie in their future. During his weekly appearance on WOR-AM radio, Bloomberg stated, “We will start enforcing that more,” with reference to…

Protest causes GOP leader to cancel income inequality speech

Update: University disputes Cantor’s explanation for cancellation House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) canceled a planned speech about income inequality on Friday, after learning that his hosts at the University of Pennsylvania planned to make the event open to the public. The speech, largely anticipated to be the first major…

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