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Protesters in DC demonstrate against the PATRIOT Act

In Washington, DC on Sunday, demonstrators rallied in front of the White House in protest of repressive governments around the world. Included in the protests were those opposed to extending the USA PATRIOT Act, which gives law enforcement authorities sweeping surveillance powers that have been criticized for endangering innocent American’s…

Utah governor under spotlight over immigration laws

LOS ANGELES – Controversial plans to reform Utah’s immigration laws have thrown the spotlight on the western US state’s governor, whose signature is needed to bring the new rules into force. Governor Gary Herbert is expected to ink the legislative bills passed by the Republican-controlled legislature last week after months…

Clinton wades into Arab revolutions on overseas tour

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves Sunday for an overseas tour to find ways to help the Libyan opposition oust a third Arab leader and maintain the momentum of democracy revolutions. The chief US diplomat is due first in Paris for face-to-face talks with Libya’s opposition before…

California ‘closely monitoring’ Japan nuclear leak

LOS ANGELES — California is closely monitoring efforts to contain leaks from a quake-damaged Japanese nuclear plant, a spokesman said Saturday, as experts said radiation could be blown out across the Pacific. While officials downplayed any immediate danger, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission deployed two experts to Japan, where the…

Mass protest against Republican cuts to services, union rights

MADISON, Wisconsin — Farmers on tractors joined a massive crowd surrounding Wisconsin’s capitol Saturday to protest Republican moves to undermine unions and slash government services in a battle spreading across the United States. Cheers and bells rang out as tractors bearing signs declaring “Walker’s budget = war on workers, middle…

Bachmann mistakes New Hampshire for Massachusetts at campaign event

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) made another U.S. history-related gaffe at a campaign event on Saturday. Addressing a crowd in Manchester, New Hampshire, the Congresswoman said, “What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty. You’re the state where the shot was…

14 killed in NYC tour bus crash

NEW YORK (AFP) – A tour bus flipped over on a highway in New York city early Saturday, killing 14 people and leaving a least six others in critical conditions, authorities said. “The accident was horrific. Fourteen people are dead and others are badly hurt,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The…

Daylight Savings begins tonight

2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning marks the end of Standard time and the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. Fifty-nine minutes will disappear as most United States residents set their clocks ahead one hour. Many national agencies recommend checking all household smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on this day. The Centers…

U.S. issues second post-spill drilling permit in Gulf

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The government has given BHP Billiton the second new permit to drill in the Gulf of Mexico since the Macondo oil spill, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said on Saturday. A BHP spokesman confirmed that the new permit has been issued for resumption of drilling of a production well at Shenzi. “We are…

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn: Scott Walker ‘wants to extinguish the right of everyday people’

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn appeared on Fox Chicago this week and criticized Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s handling of the union crisis there, saying that the right to form unions is “America, that’s what it’s all about.” “In Wisconsin, the governor there wants to extinguish the right of everyday people to…

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