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New wave of ultra-conservatives could spell more trouble for House Speaker Boehner

Glenn Grothman is a fiery conservative who wants to slash welfare programs and crack down on illegal immigrants who he says will “destroy” America. And if U.S. House Speaker John Boehner wants to keep his job next year, he had better be sure Grothman and his fellow House of Representatives…

Many Americans who left labor force want to return to work if economy improves

Mike Yack has left the workforce twice in the last eight years and calls himself retired, yet at age 62 the former General Motors employee does not consider his working life over. “I’d be open to anything — learning a new trade or something. I don’t expect top wages. But…

Gun sales are up, as Ferguson residents try to get on with life after days of protest

Banners flutter along the main street of downtown Ferguson but instead of the protest signs that read “Hands Up Don’t’ Shoot,” these are ads for everyday events like a local farmers market and a church fish fry. With nightly protests and police lobbing tear gas along West Florissant Avenue, locals…

Kroger supermarket chain pressured by both sides of ‘open carry’ gun debate

By Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) – Kroger Co, the largest U.S. supermarket operator, is the latest high-profile company caught in the battle over gun rights and gun control in the United States. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA), backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is…

WATCH LIVE: Demonstrations continue in Ferguson, Missouri after police crackdown

Demonstrations resumed on Tuesday night in Ferguson, Missouri, against police in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown earlier this month. The latest protest follows a chaotic scene on Monday night, in which police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at both protestors and media members. Reuters…

California bill increasing scrutiny on tax breaks for businesses goes to Gov. Brown’s desk

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – Tax credits aimed at persuading businesses to locate in California would be subject to detailed performance reviews to make sure they are boosting the state’s economy under a bill passed on Tuesday by the Legislature. The bill, which will now go to Democratic…

Scientists warn Florida Gov. Rick Scott: ‘We’ve got to get busy’ on fighting climate change

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) – Five climate scientists warned Florida Governor Rick Scott in a meeting on Tuesday that a steadily rising ocean was a major threat to the state’s future, urging it to become a leader in developing solar energy and other clean power sources. The Republican…

California lawmakers pass bill banning inmate sterilizations

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – California lawmakers sent a bill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in California prisons to Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday, after media reports and a later audit showed officials failed to follow the state’s rules for obtaining consent for the procedure known as…

Ku Klux Klan groups clash over Darren Wilson fundraiser ‘scam’

The leader of a Missouri-based Ku Klux Klan group denounced a plan to raise funds for the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, The Wire reported. “This is not even a Klan member, they don’t even have their own legitimate website,” Traditionalist American Knights leader Frank…

Florida man pleads guilty to using Swiss ‘Hot Lips’ account to avoid paying taxes

By Joseph Ax and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Florida man on Tuesday pleaded guilty in New York to criminal charges for concealing as much $1.1 million in offshore accounts, even after learning that U.S. authorities were cracking down on wealthy Americans evading taxes. Bernard Kramer, 83, pleaded…

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