A Waffle House employee in Biloxi, Mississippi was shot by a customer after 1 a.m. Friday when she asked him to stop smoking in the restaurant. Biloxi Police Department Sgt. Donnie Dobbs said when police arrived, the suspect, Johnny Max Mount, was still on the scene. "The individual was still sitting there and they took him into custody," Dobbs said. "Upon investigation we learned he had gotten into an argument with an employee over smoking and he pulled out a handgun and shot the employee in the head."
The head of the Republican party in Minnesota is apologizing after one of the GOP's district branches tweeted about a "negro problem." The tweet, sent out by the state's 7th Congressional District GOP on Sunday, was a response to the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party's call to make joblessness and poverty in the black community part of a proposed legislative special session. "MN #DFL now propose a 'special session' to deal with their self-created '#negroproblem,'" the tweet said. It has since been deleted. The DFL -- the state's affiliate of the Democratic Party -- immediately condemned the remarks. "You don't have to look far to find ignorant hate speech masquerading as acceptable party messaging," DFL Chairman Ken Martin said in a statement.
With a victory that defied political geography and near universal predictions from just months earlier, a previously little-known Democrat, State Representative John Bel Edwards, defeated United States Senator David Vitter in a runoff election on Saturday to become the next governor of Louisiana.
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The Associated Press named Mr. Edwards the winner as he was leading with 55 percent of the vote with a little over half of the ballots counted.
Entering the governor's race, Mr. Vitter, a Republican, was seen as the favorite. He had won two elections to the United States Senate, spent more than five years in the House and served as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992 to 1999. But a nasty primary fight left the Republican Party fractured and slow to unite behind Mr. Vitter, who was dragged down by a 2007 prostitution scandal and the deeply unpopular Republican incumbent, Gov. Bobby Jindal.
he US Bureau of Labor Statistics just released its monthly estimates of unemployment rates in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia, and things are looking pretty good.
The bureau noted that unemployment rates fell in 32 states and Washington, DC, went up in just three states, and stayed the same as September in 15 states. Unemployment in every state and DC was below 7%, indicating increasingly healthy labor markets across the nation.
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi's chief financial economist, Chris Rupkey, circulated an email after the report with the title "Jobs market is literally on fire in most states in the union." The email maintains that optimistic tone and suggests that the geographically broad strength of the labor market could spur the Fed to tighten monetary policy at its December meeting:
Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell said Friday that a Federal Election Commission lawsuit accusing her of improper campaign expenditures is a "witch hunt" and a waste of taxpayer dollars.
O'Donnell, who famously declared during the 2010 Senate race that she was not a witch, made the comment in a teleconference with the federal judge hearing the case.
O'Donnell also said she is having trouble hiring a local attorney, claiming that at least three lawyers she has talked to have received phone calls warning of "political backlash" if they represent her. She declined to identify them or provide further details, noting that an Associated Press reporter was listening to the teleconference.
O'Donnell's former local attorney, Richard Abbott, withdrew from the case last month, saying he hasn't been paid for his services.