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Verizon Workers Agree To End Strike Without Deal

“Thousands of striking Verizon workers will return to work Tuesday, though their contract dispute isn’t over yet.

The 45,000 employees, who have been on strike since Aug. 7, agreed to return to work while they negotiate with Verizon Communications Inc. on the terms of a new contract. The workers are employed in nine states from Massachusetts to Virginia in the landline division.

New Policy Gives Hope To Some Facing Deportation

“The Obama administration on Thursday said it would review the deportation cases of 300,000 illegal immigrants.

The policy might make a difference to thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children because the administration wants to put high priority on removing convicted criminals, and low priority on cases that involve people who pose no security threat.

Environmentalists put Obama to test on climate over pipeline plan

“WASHINGTON — Ranchers from Nebraska, people in car caravans from California and hundreds of others plan to hold daily sit-ins at the White House starting Saturday, protesting against a planned pipeline that would greatly expand the flow of oil from the black sands of western Canada. “

Koch Responds To Buffet: ‘My Business And Non-Profit Investments Are Much More Beneficial To Society’

“America’s current tax system forces people making $50,000 a year to pay a higher rate than hedge fund managers making $2.4 million an hour. Warren Buffett penned an op-ed last week declaring that America’s super-rich have been “coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress.” Lamenting the numerous tax loopholes and special breaks afforded to billionaire investors, Buffett noted that in his entire career, even when capital gains rates were as high as 39.9 percent, he never saw anyone “shy away from a sensible investment because of the tax rate on the potential gain.””

Romney Releases Web Video: ‘Businesses Are Comprised Of People’

“Mitt Romney released a new web video on Friday, firing back at Democratic attacks on his “corporations are people, my friend” comment to a voter in Iowa last week, when he explained his opposition to raising taxes on businesses.”

Biden tells China not to count out U.S. strength

“(Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday rejected views that American power is waning and said Washington would never default, wrapping up a China visit that has played down tensions between the world’s two biggest economies.”

40 worshipers killed in Pakistan mosque bombing

“ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The serenity of prayers at a mosque during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan was transformed into a bloodbath Friday in Pakistan’s remote tribal area, when a bomb ripped through the congregation and killed at least 40 people and injured more than 100 others, officials said.”

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