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Union leaders announce 'big improvements' in Senate's health care tax plan

Leaders of America's major unions, coming out of intense negotiations with the president and congressional leaders, said late yesterday that they were close to winning big improvements for workers in the health care reform legislation nearing completion in the Congress.

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Guitars should be a means to liberation, not exploitation, says Rage's Morello

Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine and Street Sweeper Social Club, alongside musician Serj Tankian, of alternative metal band System of a Down, joined representitives of Korean guitar workers in a protest against Cort Guitars on Jan. 13, at the Nanum Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Calif. The protest was endorsed by local labor groups, including AFL-CIO United Steel Workers' Local 675, Koreatown Immigrant Workers' Alliance and ENLACE International.

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Prosecutors target Northwestern University journalism students

CHICAGO, Ill. – Cook County prosecutors here have issued a subpoena seeking the grades and emails of journalism students at Northwestern University. The students conducted a three-year investigation that they say found a man serving a life sentence for a crime he did not commit.

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Landmark marriage equality trial opens in San Francisco

A San Francisco courtroom has become the latest venue in the nationwide campaign for marriage equality.

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For-profit firms jam up food stamp delivery

Extreme poverty and hunger is growing across the country, yet, a majority of states don't reach their entire eligible populations.

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Illinois election battles heat up

CHICAGO - The 2010 election year has shifted into turbo drive here. Illinois looks to be a key national battleground where the labor-led all people's coalition faces a stiff challenge to consolidate the defeat of the ultra right in 2008. A U.S. Senate seat, the governorship and statewide offices, House seats, state legislature, and county commissions are all up.

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Californians rally for state single-payer health system

Californians rally and lobby for a statewide single-payer health care system.

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Oscar Grant murder trial moves to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif.— Dozens of protesters rallied in front of the county courthouse here Jan. 8 to bring attention to the recent move of the trial against an Oakland Bay Area Rapid Transit officer charged with the murder of Oscar Grant, a young African American man.

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U.S. prepares to celebrate MLK Jr. Day

It's been more than 25 years since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially recognized as a federal holiday.

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Survey shows continued support for immigration reform

If all goes as planned, Congress will try once more to deal with comprehensive immigration reform in February and March of this year.

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