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Paying taxes today? Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, and others got a refund last year

Six of the most profitable companies in the U.S. were due a tax refund last year, according to a new analysis. WalletHub reported Tuesday that Abbott Laboratories, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, AIG, Bristol-Myers, and Verizon – all listed on the S&P 100 – paid an overall negative tax rate…

Occupy Madison builds first house in planned eco-village for the homeless

A homeless Wisconsin couple moved into a “tiny home” Christmas Eve they helped build with fellow Occupy Madison members. Chris Derrick and Betty Ybarra had been living since April in an encampment at a county park with other members of the protest group, which plans to build more small homes…

Study suggests Occupy Wall Street movement undone by liberals’ need to feel unique

Liberals tend to underestimate their similarity to other liberals, according to a recent study, while conservatives overestimate their similarities — and those differences may account for the relative political success of the tea party in comparison to Occupy Wall Street. While the tea party has grown steadily more unpopular over…

Fired UC Davis cop who pepper-sprayed protesters gets $38K in workers’ comp claims

An appeals board has awarded a former campus police officer $38,055 in workers’ compensation after he was fired for the pepper-spraying of student protesters. Former police Lt. John Pike was awarded the settlement Oct. 16 from the University of California Davis by the state Division of Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.…

Immortal Technique: Revolutionary spirit of ‘Occupy Wall Street is still alive’

It may not be in the news at all anymore, but the revolutionary spirit of “Occupy Wall Street” is “still alive” in the U.S., according to political hip-hop artist Immortal Technique, who spoke to Raw Story ahead of a show in Austin, Texas. “I think Occupy Wall Street is still…

Occupy protester to face trial over subpoenaed tweets

Malcolm Harris, who has been in a battle with prosecutors over the privacy of his tweets, has plea deal withdrawn by judge An Occupy Wall Street protester who has been fighting with prosecutors to keep some of his tweets private looks likely to face trail next week after a judge…

Veteran abandoned in Oakland jail with a ruptured spleen, lawsuit claims

A war veteran who claims he was falsely arrested, beaten, and almost died due to neglect in an Oakland prison has launched legal action against the jail, claiming his pleas for help were ignored. Kayvan Sabeghi, 33, was arrested during an Occupy rally in Oakland, California, in November last year.…

Occupy hatches plot to destroy payday loan industry

By Mandi Woodruff In today’s ever-perplexing world of personal finance, there’s no question consumers could benefit from a little clarity. Just don’t expect to find any in the pages of Occupy Wall Street’s new manifesto on consumer debt. “The Debt Resistor’s Operations Manual” is 122 pages of some of the dodgiest financial…

Tom Morello: Paul Ryan’s a ‘jackass,’ but Obama has committed ‘war crimes’

“Rage Against the Machine” guitarist Tom Morello is no fan of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), despite the candidate naming him as one of his favorite musicians. For the second time this campaign season, Morello took aim at the conservative congressman, telling Hollywood Reporter that he think’s Ryan’s a “jackass.” “[Rage]…

Unhappy activists return Occupy ‘Batmobile’ to Ben & Jerry’s founder

The founder of Ben & Jerry’s on Monday repossessed a projector-equipped “Batmobile” used to spread the Occupy Wall Street message after months of squabbling with activists about how the vehicle would be used. Ben Cohen had agreed in January to donate up to $65,000 to develop and operate vehicles that…

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