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Eartha Kitt, pioneer in art and protest

NEW YORK (AP) — Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died. She was 81.

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Playwright Harold Pinter, Iraq war critic, remembered

LONDON (AP) — British Nobel laureate Harold Pinter, who produced some of his generation’s most influential dramas and later became a staunch critic of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, has died. He was 78.

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Ash flood may change way TVA handles coal waste

KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) — The spill of more than a billion gallons of coal ash from a power plant in East Tennessee may change the way the nation’s largest government-owned utility stores coal waste.

Connecticut celebrates: Fight of our life to change our countrys direction

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — There was much to celebrate at the 89th anniversary of the Communist Party USA here Dec. 7. The event was filled with the spirit of the movement in our country that says America can get back on the right track.

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Coalition urges San Francisco to live up to sanctuary ordinance

SAN FRANCISCO — Representatives of a broad immigrant rights, labor, faith and community coalition gathered at City Hall Dec. 18 — the day set by the United Nations as International Migrants Day — to call on the city and its mayor to live up to the 1989 Sanctuary City Ordinance.

Biden slams Cheney on violating Constitution

Dick Cheney's actions and advice as vice president were 'not healthy,' Vice President-elect Joe Biden told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview Sunday Dec. 21.

New protests as anti-women Bush admin. rule goes into effect

Women's health advocates sharply criticized a last minute Bush administration rule that allows health care providers to deny health care information and services to women.

Biggest bill for working class people in 30 years

The Employee Free Choice Act, aimed at eliminating barriers to workers seeking union representation, is key to any meaningful economic recovery, speakers told more than 100 labor and community activists at a forum here Dec. 16. The forum, sponsored by the North Shore AFL-CIO, was held at Trinity Cathedral in response to a Dec. 5 conference opposing the bill held by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the local branch of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Group demands Feds investigate Sheriff Joe Arpaio

America's Voice, a group that favors comprehensive and humanitarian immigration reform, released a new Web video this week slamming infamous Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Hurricane Ike: Dj vu all over again

GALVESTON, Texas — After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, many people speculated that if a similar disaster hit Texas, the Bush administration would respond more positively. Over two months after Hurricane Ike hit, the evidence suggests otherwise.

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