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UAW protests bank in attempt to gain wider support

DETROIT (Reuters) – The United Auto Workers, as part of an effort to broaden support among middle class Americans as it approaches bargaining with the three major U.S. automakers, on Thursday rallied at a downtown Detroit branch of the Bank of America. UAW President Bob King said the protest against…

Colorado Senate backs civil unions for same-sex couples

DENVER (Reuters) – A bill in the Colorado legislature that would grant same-sex couples civil unions with certain legal rights passed the Democrat-controlled Senate on Thursday. But the bill still faces a hurdle in the House of Representatives, where Republicans hold the majority. The Colorado Civil Unions Act would give…

Bachmann to kick off 2012 campaign by hiring a birther

WASHINGTON – Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has all but made it official that she’ll run for president in 2012. And the tea party darling’s first hire for her campaign, according to CNN, will be a prominent Iowa birther. On Thursday, Bachmann told ABC News, “I’m in for 2012,” but didn’t…

Astronaut hopes Giffords will be at shuttle launch

HOUSTON (Reuters) – NASA astronaut Mark Kelly said Thursday there was “a pretty good chance” his wife, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, critically injured in a shooting in January, will attend his space shuttle launch in Florida next month. Giffords was shot through the head as she met with constituents outside…

U.S. woman drugged banker husband with milkshake, then beat him to death

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A Hong Kong jury on Friday unanimously found an American woman guilty of murdering her Merrill Lynch banker husband in 2003, ending the lengthy retrial of a case that riveted the territory with tales of rough sex, marital violence and adultery. Nancy Kissel, who has appeared…

Liz Taylor ordered her burial to take place 15-minutes behind schedule

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Elizabeth Taylor had the last laugh on Thursday: she was buried a day after her death aged 79 — but exactly 15 minutes behind schedule, on her strict orders. The Hollywood legend was laid to rest at the Forest Lawn celebrity cemetery outside Los Angeles, where…

Huge surge in Hispanic population in US

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Hispanic population in the United States has grown to 50 million, becoming the largest minority with 16 percent of the population, according to US Census Bureau figures released Thursday. The Hispanic population grew by 43 percent in the past decade, accounting for more than half of…

US remains military muscle in Libya campaign

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States stepped aside to allow NATO to run Libya no-fly operations, but the US military’s enormous strike power remains the real muscle behind the coalition effort. Having held back before plunging into a mission with ill-defined objectives, Washington took the reins Saturday of a coalition…

Anti-marriage equality rally overwhelmed by student counter-protest

A rally in opposition to same sex marriage was out-flanked by hundreds of students Wednesday after marching onto the campus of Brown University in Rhode Island. About 15 members of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property held a rally at the campus. They wore black…

Indiana prosecutor told Wisconsin governor to stage ‘false flag’ operation

An Indiana prosecutor and Republican activist has resigned after emails show he suggested Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker stage a fake attack on himself to discredit unions protesting his budget repair bill. The Republican governor signed a bill on March 11 that eliminates most union rights for public employees. In an…

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