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WI repubs get some but not all of prof’s emails

University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor Biddy Martin has responded to the Wisconsin Republican Party’s request for the emails of professor William J. Cronon with some, but not all of Cronon’s correspondence. Along with the requested emails, she released a statement defending Cronon and the university against what she and many others…

Obama to launch reelection bid next week: reports

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will launch his 2012 reelection campaign next week via an electronic message to his staunchest supporters, according to US media. Politico reported the campaign would “most likely” make its first step toward the launch — filing registration papers with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) —…

‘No cop in the state’ would arrest WI Senate dems

Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald was warned by legal representatives of three separate state agencies that ordering state troopers to forcibly return senate democrats to Madison would place his actions in a zone “outside the law”, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. The Journal has obtained memos and e-mail…

Nebraska woman is mayor — and only resident — of her town

KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) - Elsie Eiler is the most admired person in Monowi, Neb. She is also the smartest, wealthiest, best-looking and youngest. “And the oldest,” she is quick to add. When you are the only resident of a community, every title fits. Eiler, 77, is the lone inhabitant of Monowi,…

Transocean hails ‘best year’ in safety, gives execs bonuses, despite Gulf spill

The company that owns the now-infamous Deepwater Horizon, the oil rig that caused immeasurable damage to the Gulf, recently applauded itself for the “best year in safety performance in our Company’s history.” The company, Transocean Ltd., rewarded its executives millions in bonuses for the achievement, according to the annual report…

Homeless man arrested in connection with NYC hate crime

A 21-year-old homeless man was arrested Friday night in connection with the brutal beating of Damian Furtch. The New York Daily News reports that Anthony Bray, the man who was arrested, confessed to beating Furtch, but insisted that it wasn’t a hate crime because he himself is also gay. Furtch,…

Massachusetts finds expired food in school cafeterias

BOSTON (Reuters) – Out-of-date food has been found lingering in public school cafeterias across Massachusetts, sent from warehouses up to six weeks past “use by” dates, the state department of education said on Friday. Roughly a dozen schools reported expired food shipments or sought guidance on an inconsistent system for…

Southwest Airlines cancels 300 flights after finding ‘gaping hole’ in 737′s fuselage

UPDATED: LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines said it expects to cancel 300 flights on Saturday to allow inspections of 79 aircraft from its Boeing 737 fleet, after one of its planes with a gaping hole in the fuselage made an emergency landing. Passengers aboard Southwest Flight 812 from Phoenix toSacramento on Friday heard a loud noise and…

Koran-burning pastor calls for holding Islam accountable

GAINESVILLE, Florida (AFP) – The US pastor, whose burning of a Koran sparked deadly violence in Afghanistan, has called for “immediate” US and UN action against its perpetrators, saying the whole religion of Islam must be held accountable. “Islam is not a religion of peace,” Dove World Outreach Center Pastor…

Newt Gingrich tied to casino mogul with legal problems

As former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich explores the possibility of a presidential bid, he “is counting on the backing of an unusually powerful behind-the-scenes donor,” Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. According to investigative journalist Michael Isikoff, Adelson — who has a net worth estimated at over $23…

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