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Union workers boo Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder at Ford celebration

Union workers booed Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder during a celebration for the 2012 Ford Focus at the Michigan Assembly Plant. “Snyder has taken heat from organized labor in recent weeks over plans to tax pensions and his support for a new law allowing state-appointed emergency financial managers to void…

New York nuclear plant’s future shaky as fears grow

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New worries about a New York nuclear plant’s vulnerability to earthquakes could hand the state’s governor an opportunity to try to close the plant, but New York City’s huge power needs could stall any such moves. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has long been a…

Rewind: McCain mocked nuclear safety in 2008

With Japan in a desperate struggle to keep a series of nuclear reactors from total meltdown, the words “nuclear safety” have been on everyone’s lips. But it wasn’t always this way: During the 2008 presidential campaigns, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) took to mocking then-Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) for saying he…

Utah becomes first in U.S. to designate official state gun

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – Utah has become the first U.S. state to name an official firearm, placing an automatic pistol on a list of designated symbols, right along with the honeybee and the cutthroat trout. Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed the bill into law this week, designating the Browning…

Unions attack New Mexico governor for firing labor board

SANTA FE (Reuters) – New Mexico’s governor broke the law by firing all members of the state’s Labor Relations Board and unions seek to reverse the move by an appeal to the state Supreme Court, a union leader said on Thursday. New Mexico AFL-CIO president Christine Trujillo said she was…

Arizona Senate votes down immigration bills

PHOENIX (Reuters) – The Arizona Senate on Thursday rejected five immigration bills, placing a major stumbling block in the way of state conservatives’ hopes to pass more laws cracking down on illegal immigrants. The Senate voted down bills that sought to provoke a reevaluation by the U.S. Supreme Court of…

Thousands overwhelm riot police in Armenia

YEREVAN (AFP) – Thousands of protesters occupied a central square in the Armenian capital on Thursday, forcing riot police to withdraw in a show of strength aimed at forcing the government to resign. After holding a rally attended by more than 12,000 people, demonstrators marched through the city to Freedom…

N. Korea to convene parliament in April

SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea said on Friday it would call its parliament into session in April, with the eyes of the world on heir apparent Kim Jong-Un’s rise to power in the secretive regime. The fourth session of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly will take place in Pyongyang on…

House rejects call for Afghan withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a resolution calling for the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, a war that is facing growing public opposition. The proposal was defeated by a vote of 321-93, but it showed increased opposition compared with March 2010 when a…

Obama defends US evacuation order in Japan

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to stand by Japan as it recovers and rebuilds, but defended a decision to go beyond Tokyo’s advice for evacuating Americans near damaged nuclear plants. Obama offered heartfelt sympathy to Japan’s people faced with triple challenges after a mammoth earthquake and tsunami…

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