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Thousands of protesters flood streets of Chicago

Several thousand demonstrators marched through downtown Chicago on Monday to protest against economic inequality, the lack of good jobs and the influence of corporations in politics. The “Take Back Chicago” demonstration was organized by Stand Up Chicago, a coalition of some 20 community groups and organizations. Protesters from the ongoing…

Ben & Jerry’s endorses ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest

The Vermont-based ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s has announced its support for the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protest, making it the first corporation to publicly endorse the weeks-long demonstration. “We know the media will either ignore you or frame the issue as to who may be getting pepper sprayed…

Slavoj Zizek: Marriage between democracy and capitalism is over

Slovenian philosopher and public intellectual Slavoj Zizek appeared at the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in lower Manhattan on Sunday, where he encouraged the demonstrators to “think about alternatives.” “We can see that for a long time we allowed our political engagement also to be outsourced,” he said. “We want it…

Romney clings to lead in hot race for Republican nod

WASHINGTON — Former pizza chain executive Herman Cain has surged in the race for the Republican presidential nomination and is hot on the heels of frontrunner Mitt Romney, a new Gallup opinion poll showed Monday. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, led the crowded field with 20 percent of Republicans and…

Bloody gunfire wounds at least 4 in New Jersey

NEW YORK — An outbreak of gunfire in the New Jersey town of Newark left several people wounded Monday, police said. Detectives said they were “in the early stages of an investigation into the circumstances that resulted in several people being shot.” “Officers encountered at least four people suffering from…

Woman gives birth after finishing Chicago Marathon

CHICAGO, Illinois — Amber Miller had a day to remember on Sunday for seven hours after finishing the Chicago Marathon she gave birth to a baby girl according to Monday’s edition of local newspaper the Daily Herald. Miller, 27, had got permission from her doctor to compete, in what was…

California bans under-age tanning and public guns

LOS ANGELES — California governor Jerry Brown won praise Monday for banning under 18s from using tanning beds, the first US state to do so to protect minors from increased skin cancer risks. The move was approved amid a slew of new state laws, including one that bans people from…

Huntsman: Anti-Mormon pastor is a ‘moron’

Republican presidential candidate and Mormon Jon Huntsman on Monday called a Dallas pastor a “moron” for claiming that Mormonism was a false religion. TV evangelist and prominent religious leader Pastor Robert Jeffress called Mormonism a “cult” at a conservative gathering on Friday, just minutes after introducing Texas Gov. Rick Perry.…

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs transgender protection bill

California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday signed legislation into law that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and expression. The Gender Nondiscrimination Act strengthens employment, housing and other civil rights protections for transgender Californians. It was authored by Assemblymember Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego. “The Gender Nondiscrimination Act…

Limits on supplemental Medicare plans eyed

Limits on supplemental Medicare plans eyed WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Medicare supplemental health plans, popular among politically powerful retirees, could come under the budget knife being wielded by the special deficit-reduction panel of Congress, according to sources keeping close watch on its work. The so-called “Medigap” insurance plans shield the elderly…

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