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French President ratings boosted, far-right leader's static after Paris attacks

Reuters –Support for French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was widely expected to soar in the wake of the deadly attacks on Paris by Islamist militants. In the event, the possible next leader of France was outmaneuvered by President Francois Hollande.Along with other party leaders, Le Pen was...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 3:28pm

NYC Council boosts re-entry program for formerly incarcerated, homeless

Not that long ago, Steven Segarra ate whatever food he could find and slept wherever he wasn't kicked out."If you've ever seen one of those people on the street that hasn't bathed for a while with the big beard and all the bags — that was me," Segarra said.Heavy drinking broke up his family and...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 9:51am

Cuomo’s minimum wage hike not enough for advocates

New York’s progressive stalwarts offered tepid praise for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement on Sunday that he would seek to raise the minimum wage again.Local community organization Make the Road board member Mauricio Jimenez thanked Cuomo but said the hike falls short of the $13 minimum wage the...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 9:11am

As Wolf takes office, activists plan protests

As Gov. Tom Wolf takes office Tuesday, activists are already lining up to protest and lobby the new governor for his attention, action and time.The “PA Against Fracking” coalition, with 88 member groups, will rally in Harrisburg across the street from the capital as Wolf is sworn into office as...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 3:32am

Mike Huckabee trying to walk back calling Beyonce and Jay-Z 'trash'

That lovable scamp Mike Huckabee has a problem with Jay-Z and Beyonce — and with the First Family enjoying their music. "How can it be that the Obamas let Sasha and Malia listen to that? Apparently they do," he writes in "God, Guns, Grits and Gravy," his adorably titled new memoir that apparently...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:36am

While you were sleeping...

Good morning!Overnight the world’s richest continued to accumulate wealth.Pope Francis preached religious tolerance before leaving Asia, while protesters in Chechnya demanded respect for Islam. Critics were warning of retaliation after Israel hit Hezbollah targets in Syria.The crash of AirAsia was...

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 4:46pm

Richest 1% owns almost half world's wealth as inequality gap widens

Bloomberg –The richest 1 percent of people in the world will have a majority of the wealth on the planet next year, according to development nonprofit Oxfam America Inc.The most affluent’s share of global wealth climbed to 48 percent in 2014, compared with 44 percent in 2009, and will likely...

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 2:58pm

Mayor Nutter: Education is the Civil Rights issue of our era

Mayor MichaelNutter, in a special column for Metroon MLK day, reflects upon the next great Civil Rights issue of our era.Every January, we take a day as a nation to honor and reflect upon the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, as we approach the 50th Anniversary of the Voting...

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 7:32am

Mass. lawmakers want to crack down on protests that block roads

State lawmakers are warning protesters that if they want to exercise their right to free speech and peaceful assembly, they must do so in a safe environment - like, not on the highway.This after dozens of protesters were arraigned Thursday on charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and resisting...

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 12:30am

Mass. lawmakers want to crack down on protests that block roads

State lawmakers are warning protesters that if they want to exercise their right to free speech and peaceful assembly, they must do so in a safe environment - like, not on the highway.This after dozens of protesters were arraigned Thursday on charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and resisting...

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 12:30am

Baker bets cupcakes on Sunday's championship game

Following the tradition of elected leaders putting local offerings on the line for major sporting contests, Gov. Charlie Baker and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence are wagering foodstuffs on the AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts."In the unlikely scenario that...

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 11:35pm

Deportation order lifted for immigrant woman who took sanctuary

The deportation order against Honduran immigrant Angela Navarro was lifted Wednesday by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.Navarro, 28, had spent two months taking refuge in a West Kensington church protesting U.S. immigration laws and her deportation.“I didn’t think that it would...

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 3:29am

Five Yemeni prisoners transferred from Guantanamo after five-year wait

Reuters –The Pentagon transferred five Yemenis held at Guantanamo prison to foreign custody on Wednesday in the first handover of detainees in 2015, sending four to Oman and one to Estonia despite Republican calls for a moratorium on the resettlements.U.S. officials said all five Yemenis, held for...

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 3:14pm

Virginia legislator re-elected despite being in jail for relations with minor

Reuters –Joseph D. Morrissey, a longtime Virginia legislator who ran his latest campaign while serving a jail sentence for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, on Tuesday won his bid for re-election to the state House of Delegates in a special election.With all precincts reporting in...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 2:26pm

Mexican mayor charged with kidnap of 43 students who are feared dead

Reuters -The former mayor of the southwestern Mexican city of Iguala has been charged with last year's kidnapping of 43 students who are feared to have been killed, a top security official said on Tuesday.Tomas Zeron, director of criminal investigations at the federal Attorney General's office,...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 1:17pm

Thousands of New Yorkers sign up for new municipal IDs

"Are you here for ID?" asked the woman sporting a giant badge emblazoned with "IDNYC."Wearing a dark pantsuit and with long, tight braids, she asked the question countless times while I sat waiting in the city’s Manhattan Business Center on John Street, where New Yorkers usually come to pay parking...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 8:49am

Southampton Street beds to shelter hundreds of Boston's homeless

Just days after a cold snap sent temperatures plunging into the single digits Boston is opening a new shelter to house as many as 500 of the 700 homeless people displaced when the city’s largest shelter on Long Island closed in October.The former city transportation building at 112 Southampton St....

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 4:30pm

NYC launches new municipal ID card despite broader immigration questions

Martha Gualotuna sat in a crowded meeting room in Jackson Heights in December, listening intently to a presentation that detailed how and when she will be able to sign up for New York City's new municipal ID card program.“It will mean a lot to finally have something in this country with my name and...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 10:20am

Mayor’s race narrows as Clarke announces he will not run

City Council President Darrell Clarke announced Monday that he won’t run for mayor of Philadelphia, and instead will bid for a fifth term representing the 5th Councilmanic district."During my years of public service, it has been my goal to secure opportunities for every resident of the 5th District...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 2:48am

US officials say Cuba has released last of 53 promised American prisoners

Reuters -Cuba has released all 53 prisoners it had promised to free, senior U.S. officials said, a major step toward détente with Washington.The release of the remaining prisoners sets a positive tone for historic talks next week aimed at normalizing relations after decades of hostility, the...

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 5:51pm