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Progressive groups raise $200,000 in hours after WI vote, will target vulnerable GOP lawmakers

The liberal groups Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy For America raised $200,000 since Wednesday night’s anti-union vote in Wisconsin and intends to use the money to target vulnerable lawmakers in the state. A joint campaign by the groups at WarOnWorkingFamilies.com witnessed a dramatic surge in fundraising after Wisconsin Republicans…

Truck full of printer ink overturns in Boston

Yesterday in Boston, a UPS tractor-trailer carrying a massive load of printer ink rolled over, splashing the colorful fluids everywhere. It was unclear how much the accident would cost, but printer ink is among the most expensive liquids in the world. No other vehicles were involved and the truck’s driver…

Gibson takes plea deal on domestic violence charges to avoid jail time

Actor Mel Gibson has reportedly negotiated a plea deal with L.A. prosecutors to avoid jail time in his domestic violence case. Gibson’s lawyers say he plans to plead guilty on Wednesday to battery charges, admitting that he hit Oksana Grigorieva, his one-time girlfriend and the mother of his youngest child.…

Ohio plans to execute man with animal euthanasia drug

COLUMBUS (Reuters) – An execution scheduled for Thursday in Ohio will be the first in that state to use the drug pentobarbital, which is often used to euthanize pets and other animals. Johnnie Baston, 37, is scheduled to be executed at 10 a.m. local time at the Southern Ohio Correctional…

Facebook puts six on Forbes billionaire list

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facebook not only made household names out of its founders thanks to the movie “The Social Network” — it has also minted the latest crop of the richest people on the planet. Six of the founders and investors behind the hot Internet startup made the annual…

Idaho teachers protest newly passed union curbs

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Hundreds of union supporters linked hands to form a chain around Idaho’s Capitol in Boise on Wednesday to protest a bill passed by the state legislature to strip public school teachers of most collective bargaining rights. The 12,000-member Idaho teachers union organized the rally in Boise…

House to defend gay marriage ban in court

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Top US House of Representatives leaders voted along party lines Wednesday to defend in court a law defining marriage as only between a man and a woman after President Barack Obama repudiated it. The House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group voted 3-2 to direct the chamber’s general counsel…

Mexico gang members charged in US consulate deaths

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US authorities charged 35 Mexican gang members with murder, drug smuggling and other crimes Wednesday, including 10 accused in a deadly 2010 shooting at the US consulate in Ciudad Juarez. An indictment unsealed in federal court in El Paso, Texas, detailed the charges against the so-called “Familia…

US to put military radar on Canada border: Senators

WASHINGTON — The US government will place military-grade radar along the border with Canada to thwart low-flying aircraft used to smuggle illegal drugs onto US soil, senators who sought the deployment said Wednesday. The lawmakers, all Democrats from states that border Canada, had asked for the beefed-up surveillance in a…

Union-busting bill set to pass Wisconsin Assembly

CHICAGO — A bill to bust Wisconsin’s public workers unions that sparked mass protests and led Democratic lawmakers to flee the US state was set for approval on Thursday after a Republican legislative maneuver. Republican state senators appeared to end the weeks-long standoff by stripping all references to the budget…

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