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Chicago mayor to lay off workers to plug budget gap

CHICAGO (Reuters) – With Chicago still facing a lingering deficit in its current budget, Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled on Friday a series of steps that will lead to up to 625 layoffs. The steps include the privatization of custodial services at city libraries and airports, benefits services and the water…

Taiwan city declares ‘Lady Gaga Day’

TAICHUNG, Taiwan — A city in Taiwan declared Sunday “Lady Gaga Day” as the pop diva’s first visit to the island sparked a frenzy among dedicated fans and local media. Lady Gaga, sporting a black and white wig, red trousers and a red dress with leopard-print sleeves, was given a…

Food Not Bombs members arrested for serving food without a permit

Members of the charitable group Food Not Bombs have been arrested in Orlando, Florida for serving food without a permit, DemocracyNow reported. A city law states that a permit must be obtained to serve food to 25 or more people in a park, and limits groups to two permits per…

Brady Bunch mom got crabs in affair with NY mayor

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – This would have made an interesting episode of “The Brady Bunch.” Florence Henderson, the actress who played perky mom Carol Brady in the beloved family sitcom, says she once got crabs after a one-night-stand with career politician John Lindsay, who was the mayor of New York…

Former French minister charged with rape

PARIS — A former French minister and mayor with the ruling party has been charged with rape after accusations he sexually assaulted women working for him at city hall, prosecutors said Wednesday. Georges Tron, formerly a junior civil service minister from President Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP party, is facing charges of…

Surprise GOP 2012 poll winner: Rudy Guiliani

BOSTON (Reuters) – Rudy Giuliani came out on top of a new survey of the 2012 Republican presidential primary field, even though the former New York Mayor has not so far jumped into the race. Many Republican voters quizzed in the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released on Friday said they…

Reports: Rudy Giuliani strongly considering 2012 bid

WASHINGTON – Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is “close” to announcing another run for the White House in 2012, says Rep. Peter King (R-NY), a friend of his. The New York congressman told reporters at a dinner that Giuliani “is very close to saying he’s going to run,”…

Rahm Emanuel sworn in as Mayor of Chicago

CHICAGO — Rahm Emanuel, the political pitbull who served as President Barack Obama’s first chief of staff, was sworn in Monday as mayor of Chicago, pledging a “new day” for a US city facing a host of financial, safety and educational struggles. Emanuel took over from Richard Daley, who had…

Five dead in Dutch shopping mall shooting

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A gunman shot five people and injured at least 11 others at a shopping mall in a small Dutch town on Saturday before turning his automatic weapon on himself, the town’s mayor told reporters. The mayor of Alphen aan den Rijn, a town 46 km (29 miles)…

Rahm Emanuel elected mayor of Chicago

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was elected as mayor of Chicago on Tuesday. Emanuel, who will be succeeding the retiring Richard Daley, won over fifty percent of the vote with 86 percent of the precincts reporting. The famously foul-mouthed Emanuel, 51, has been the clear front-runner in…

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