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U.S. contractor Alan Gross sentenced to 15 years in Cuban prison

Alan Gross, the U.S. aid contractor found guilty last week of undermining the Cuban government, was sentenced in Havana today. Cuban state-run television reported that he is sentenced to 15 years for supplying internet equipment to Cuban dissidents. He was arrested in late 2009 when he was caught giving satellite…

‘Wisconsin 14′ Dems speak at homecoming rally

The so-called “Wisconsin 14″ — those 14 Democratic state senators who fled Wisconsin to try and invoke debate and avoid a vote that would ban collective bargaining — returned to the Capitol building in Madison Saturday afternoon. They held a news conference while tens of thousands protested in the streets,…

‘Imminent’ danger of flooding in Northeast

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Some roads in Pennsylvania were closed and residents of a New Jersey town evacuated their homes, as rain-swollen rivers began cresting on Saturday. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for both states, warning of “imminent” danger from rising waters of rivers and streams near Philadelphia and in northern New Jersey. In suburban…

Slideshow: Protesters flood Wisconsin Capitol

Tens of thousands of people are flooding the Wisconsin Capitol building to protest Gov. Walker’s budget cuts and blows to organized labor rights. We’re crowdsourcing the best images from the protests to share with you. Check out our slideshow below. You can add to this slideshow! Tag your twitpics with…

WATCH LIVE: Wisconsin rallies for worker rights

Tens of thousands of protestors are expected to flood the Wisconsin state capitol building today in the 27th consecutive day of protests. A “tractorcade” is planned for Saturday morning to make a point about workers’ and farmers’ rights. Don’t forget, if you’re in Madison, share your pictures with us! You…

Charges against alleged hamster-killing teen dropped

Monique Smith, the 19-year-old Brooklyn woman accused of killing her little brother’s hamster, is no longer facing prison time for her crime. Smith’s 9-year-old brother, Brandon Smith, called the ASPCA last June to report his sister after she allegedly squeezed the hamster, Sweetie, to death and then threw it across…

Obama stresses need to fight for women’s equality

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama urged Americans Saturday to keep fighting for women’s equality, despite progress made in this area over recent decades. “Women are still more likely to live in poverty in this country,” the president said in his weekly radio address. He said that there were areas…

Wisconsin protesters target bank that supported Governor Walker

As the protesting spirit spreads in Wisconsin, one tactic that union members are now adopting is to take aim at institutions that have donated heavily to Governor Scott Walker. Members of the Wisconsin firefighter’s union set out for a local branch of the M & I Bank on Thursday to…

Twitter ordered to give WikiLeaks data to US

By Shaun Tandon WASHINGTON — A US judge ordered Twitter to hand over data of three users in contact with the controversial website WikiLeaks, rejecting arguments the move violated freedom of speech and privacy. President Barack Obama’s administration obtained a court order last year seeking information from the Twitter accounts…

Daniel Ellsberg: Obama ‘needs to get a grip’

Vietnam War era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg slammed President Barack Obama’s assertion Friday that the Pentagon has assured him the terms of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s confinement “are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards.” Manning has been in a military brig since last summer under suspicion of being the source of…

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