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Ranchers’ Land Becomes Ground Zero In Energy Fight

Gas prices are spiking once again; the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded is about 12 percent higher than it was a year ago. But winter typically isn’t the time for a rise in gas prices. Demand for gasoline is at a 14-year low and domestic oil production is at an eight-year high.

FL Lawmaker Resigns After Sending ‘Sexxxy Mama’ Texts To Federal Prosecutor

A Florida state Rep. has resigned after admitting to sexting a female, married federal prosecutor with messages like “Sexxxy mama?”

Who’s A Park For? Dog Owners Fight Park Service

Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California’s Bay Area is expanding, quite literally, up next to some people’s backyards. And while you might think neighbors would be thrilled to see this scenic landscape preserved, the relationship between the National Park Service and locals is off to a rocky start.

Gillibrand Challenger: No One Would Notice If Roe V. Wade Were Overturned

Wendy Long, a conservative judicial activist challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said yesterday that no one would miss Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion, if it were overturned. Long clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and served as a counsel for the conservative Judicial Confirmation Network, but is perhaps best known for spearheading several inaccurate race baiting attacks against Justice Sonia Sotomayor during her confirmation process.

Chicago Workers Win Chance To Save Their Jobs By Occupying Factory

Back in December 2008, laid off workers at Republic Windows and Doors — a factory in Chicago — occupied their workplace to demand back vacation and severance pay, and to protest the fact that they were given just three days notice of impending job cuts. Eventually, the bank’s lender, Bank of America, relented, giving the workers what they were owed. At the time, then President-elect Obama offered his support to the protesting workers, saying, “the workers who are asking for the benefits and payments that they have earned, I think they’re absolutely right.”

Nelson Mandela: South Africa prepares for the day it fears most

It is the day South Africans dread more than any other, and it is not a question of if but when. The death of Nelson Mandela will shake the nation to its core; the fact that death in old age does not fit the proper definition of “tragedy” will not console the millions who grew up with him as a constant, consoling presence.

Syria referendum goes ahead amid military onslaught

(Reuters) – At least 31 Syrian civilians and soldiers were killed on Sunday in fighting over Syria’s future that coincided with a vote on a new constitution that could keep President Bashar al-Assad in power until 2028.

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