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New Missouri law requires drug tests for welfare recipients

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) signed new legislation this week that will allow the state’s social workers to administer drug tests to welfare recipients, the result of which could jeopardize their state aid, the Associated Press reported. Those who test positive for drug use and agree to a substance abuse…

Nissan may delay electric Leaf production in U.S.

DETROIT, Michigan (AFP) – Nissan may be forced to delay US production of its electric Leaf and is falling short of this year’s goals as a result of the devastating Japanese earthquake, a key executive said Monday. “After March 11, all the resources of the company were devoted to helping…

More than 80 threats made against Wisc. governor and other elected officials

Wisconsin law enforcement officials have made public 128 pages of documents detailing threats against Governor Scott Walker and other state officials. The documents, reported first by the Wisconsin State Journal, cover 78 closed cases of threats made as a result of Walker’s controversial bill limiting the collective bargaining rights of…

Toll of deadliest storm system this season rises to 17

At least 17 have died in the last two days as a result of the severe weather tearing across the southern United States, CNN reports. Hundreds of callers reported tornadoes that downed power lines, wrecked houses and downed trees. Deaths have been reported in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma, according…

Germany and Switzerland freeze development of nuclear reactors

Germany and Switzerland said Monday that they would be the first industrialized nations to freeze development of nuclear power facilities while they reassess safety procedures, in the wake of Japan’s ongoing nuclear crisis following last week’s devastating earthquake. Despite assurances, six of their reactors are said to be melting down…

Google slams Microsoft for ‘cheating’

WASHINGTON – The world’s biggest Internet search company, Google, is accusing rival Microsoft’s Bing of copying its results, a charge Microsoft denies. “Some Bing results increasingly look like an incomplete, stale version of Google results — a cheap imitation,” said Amit Singhal, one of the company’s search engineers, on Google’s…

Iran hangs two activists held in 2009 election demos

Iran hanged on Monday two activists it said were members of an exiled group and who had joined protests against the result of the 2009 presidential poll, despite Washington urging that they be freed. The executions were the first reported hangings of protesters who took to the streets in their…

Hundreds of South Dakota dead birds poisoned by USDA

CHICAGO — The deaths of 200 starlings in Yankton, South Dakota this week is no mystery — they died as the result of poison set out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an official said on Thursday. USDA wildlife biologist Ricky Woods explained that a large group of starlings was…

Leaked: Democrats’ talking points all but concede House even before election results come in

A copy of Democrats’ talking points for election day has been leaked — and notably, they don’t cling to the belief that Democrats will hold onto the House. Instead, the talking points argue the meme of “it could have been worse,” akin to the message that began filtering out through…

Goldman Sachs accused of ‘systemic’ sexual discrimination

NEW YORK — Goldman Sachs was on Wednesday accused of sexual discrimination against three former employees, who charged the global investment bank of using systematic practices against women. The three former employees filed a lawsuit in the New York federal court which accused Goldman Sachs of “engaging in a pattern…

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