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Janitors suspended for tying up 10-year-old students in school bathroom

A pair of janitors at the Gregory Elementary School in Long Beach, New Jersey were suspended Sunday afternoon for tying up and gagging four male students inside one of the school’s bathrooms. According to the FOX affiliate in New York, the two janitors took the boys, all age 10, into…

Harry Potter film shatters more box office records

LOS ANGELES — “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” broke single-day box office records with a whopping $92.1 million in opening day sales, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations. The eighth film in the Harry Potter series eclipsed 2009′s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which previously held…

Montana governor threatens lawsuit over oil spill

BILLINGS, Montana (Reuters) – Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer continued on Friday to press Exxon Mobil over an oil spill into the Yellowstone River and threatened to take the company to court as clean-up continued a week after the leak. Schweitzer has been increasingly critical of Exxon in the days since…

‘All-out war’ erupts between DSK accuser and DA’s office

The case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been thrown into further disarray as an all-out war has erupted between the district attorney’s office and the former IMF chief’s accuser. Lawyers for the maid who says Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in a Manhattan hotel room demanded a new prosecutor Wednesday, accusing…

Pro-Palestinian activists plan to flood Israeli airport

JERUSALEM — Israel was making intense preparations on Monday to foil plans by hundreds of activists to flood Israel’s Ben Gurion international airport on Friday in a show of solidarity with the Palestinians. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch to coordinate all law enforcement and…

British welfare cuts ‘could make thousands homeless’

LONDON — Around 40,000 British families could be made homeless by welfare cuts introduced by the coalition government, the office of a senior minister has reportedly warned Prime Minister David Cameron. A leaked letter published in The Observer newspaper on Sunday voices concerns over plans to cap the benefits at…

Court strikes Michigan ban on use of race in college admissions

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a Michigan law that banned affirmative action in college admissions, creating the possibility of a Supreme Court battle. The 6th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, found that Proposal 2, a 2006 amendment to the Michigan constitution,…

Nearly 1.3 million in Ohio sign recall of union-busting bill

The pro-labor coalition We Are Ohio delivered nearly 1.3 million signatures Wednesday to repeal SB 5, a new law restricting the collective-bargaining rights of public employees, placing it on the November 8 ballot. People’s World reported that the 1,298,301 signatures were delivered to the Secretary of State’s office by a…

Gov. Jerry Brown signs California budget cuts

LOS ANGELES — California Governor Jerry Brown signed a state budget Thursday approved by the legislature that prescribes $15 billion in spending cuts in a bid to alleviate the crisis in the deficit-ridden state. It was the first time in years that California has adopted its budget on time. Last…

Synagogue bomb plotters get 25 years in prison

NEW YORK — Three men arrested in a sting operation for planning to attack two New York synagogues and to shoot down US military planes were each sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison. The three — James Cromitie, 45, David Williams, 30 and Onta Williams, 35 — were arrested…

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