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Job growth grinds to a halt in August

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Employment growth ground to a halt in August as sagging consumer confidence discouraged already skittish U.S. businesses from hiring, keeping pressure on the Federal Reserve to provide more monetary stimulus to aid the economy. Nonfarm payrolls were unchanged, the Labor Department said on Friday, the weakest reading…

Olbermann: Pima County GOP chair a ‘human-shaped pile of feces’

Current TV host Keith Olbermann Thursday named Pima County Chairman Pro Tem Mike Shaw the Worst Person in the World over his decision to raffle off a Glock handgun, the same kind of weapon that was used to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). Shaw had defended the raffle Thursday by…

California “Dream Act” bill to fund college for undocumented immigrants advances

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California bill dubbed the state’s “Dream Act” that would allow illegal immigrants to receive public funds for college education was approved on Wednesday by the state Senate. The legislation would still need to pass the Assembly and be signed by Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat,…

Obama administration asks appeals court to vacate “Don’t Ask” judgment

PASADENA, Calif (Reuters) – Obama administration lawyers asked a federal appeals court on Thursday to vacate a judgment declaring “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” unconstitutional now that the ban on openly gay men and women in the military is about to be repealed. But attorneys for opponents of the ban argued…

Wisconsin state bar asks U.S. to monitor state’s voter ID law

MADISON (Reuters) – The Wisconsin state bar has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review the state’s controversial new voter identification law, citing concerns the measure could disenfranchise thousands of voters. The chair of the bar’s civil rights and liberties division, Sally Stix, said in a letter to Attorney…

Ohio sells state prison to private contractor for $73 million

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Ohio said on Thursday it had gone through with a controversial plan to privatize a portion of the state’s prison system, the latest step in Republican Governor John Kasich’s campaign to shrink government and close the state’s budget shortfall. Officials said the state had sold the Lake…

Family sues police over California Taser death after victim honked at patrol car

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The parents of a Southern California man who accuse police of killing their son with a Taser after he honked at a patrol car have sued the sheriff’s department and county. The suit accuses the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the county of San Bernardino and…

Louisiana declares emergency as new storm looms

Oil companies began evacuating workers from rigs in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of what US forecasters said could be a powerful and dangerous storm, and Louisiana declared a state of emergency. The National Hurricane Center on Thursday issued tropical storm warnings for the coastal areas from Pascagoula, Mississippi, to…

9/11 firefighters more likely to get cancer: study

Firefighters exposed to the World Trade Center attacks are more likely to get cancer, while 9/11 rescue workers still suffer high illness rates generally, according to studies published Friday. In a 10th anniversary edition of medical journal The Lancet, scientists said however that death rates among emergency staff and civilians…

U.S. government to sue major banks over mortgages: report

The United States plans to file lawsuits against more than a dozen big banks over mortgage-backed securities seen to have fueled the 2008 economic crisis, the New York Times said. The lawsuits are set to be filed Friday or early next week against Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman…

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