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DREAM Act passes House, faces hurdles in Senate

The U.S. Senate voted to table its version of the DREAM Act Dec. 9, in order to consider the version passed by the House the day before. Supporters say the House vote was historic and a longtime coming because this is the first time the decade-old measure has ever passed in either chamber.

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New report highlights port truck drivers' plight

They are the 110,000 truck drivers who move millions of cargo containers at the nation's ports every year.

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Parents: Retaining Chicago students is a flunking system

Chicago Public Schools is willfully imposing an injurious and discriminatory retention policy on a mass scale, say parents.

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High court takes Wal-Mart sex discrimination case

WASHINGTON (PAI) -To nobody's surprise, the U.S. Supreme Court will tackle the world's biggest sexual discrimination case, involving the world's largest private corporation, Wal-Mart.

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Leaders map jobs fight at Amistad Awards event

Activists said they were inspired,  "fired up and ready to go" at The Voices for Jobs, Equality & Peace - People's World Amistad Awards Concert held in New Haven, Connecticut Dec. 5.

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A first: Oakland ID card is also ATM card

Oakland is set to offer all residents, including undocumented immigrants, ID/ATM debit cards.

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Congress passes major food safety bill

Food safety advocates hailed the Senate move as the most sweeping reform of food safety in decades prompted by an alarming rise in the numbers of people who die or suffer illness from contaminated food.

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25,000 Ohioans sign to "protect, preserve" Social Security

Dozens of senior activists rallied at the Cleveland AFL-CIO headquarters  Monday to "Protect, Preserve and Pass Along Social Security and Medicare" and to "protest the continuing assault on retirees."

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Former FBI agent warns of government spying abuse

Surveillance policies of the FBI and other domestic intelligence agencies are "totally un-American and against the values Americans hold dear," said former undercover agent Michael German.

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Appeals court hears California marriage equality case

The effort to overturn Prop. 8, California's ballot initiative barring same-sex marriage, reached a new milestone Dec. 6 on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, as a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on the measure.

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