(Reuters) – Plans to save Big Bird, the fuzzy yellow character on U.S. public television’s “Sesame Street,” from possible extinction are taking shape in the form of a puppet-based protest next month dubbed the “Million Muppet March.”
The demonstration is planned for November 3 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., three days before the general election.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Baltimore’s ability to defy the probabilities of baseball has carried the Orioles into a deciding Game Five of their American League Division Series against the New York Yankees.
With their 13-inning 2-1 victory over the Yankees on Thursday, the Orioles improved to 8-0 in games that have gone 13 innings or more in 2012.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The father of New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi died on Saturday and Girardi kept the news from the team until Thursday to avoid distracting them from their playoff series with the Baltimore Orioles.
Jerry Girardi, 81, died at a healthcare residence in Metamora, Illinois, the Yankees said in a statement. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, his son said.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has blasted 647 home runs and signed two record-setting contracts in his career, so being benched with a crucial game on the line is something completely alien to the 37-year-old.
However, he experienced just that on Wednesday when manager Joe Girardi sent Raul Ibanez to pinch hit for him with the Yankees down by a run in the bottom of the ninth in Game Three of the AL Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Meet the undecided voter.
Sometimes seen as the great prize of U.S. electoral politics, this elusive citizen is more likely to be female, white, lacking a college education and earning less than $25,000, according Reuters/Ipsos polling data accumulated over the course of 2012.
The “undecideds” make up roughly 6 percent of the electorate, with a slightly higher concentration in an Upper Midwest region including Ohio and Wisconsin, swing states that could determine the outcome of a close election.
(Reuters) – U.S. traffic deaths rose 9 percent in the first half of 2012 compared with the same period last year, breaking a 5-year downward trend, according to preliminary data that experts cannot yet explain.
Road accidents killed 16,290 people from January through June, the most since 2009, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a preliminary report that does not examine causes.
, June 22 (Reuters) – The Massachusetts
Turnpike carves its way west from Boston through the upland
hills and small towns of western Massachusetts, an area hard-hit
by the recent recession. It is here that some of the biggest
names in casino gambling are laying down fortunes in hopes of
reaping big payoffs, while local supporters and antagonists gird
for a showdown.
Massachusetts is but the latest state to bet on gambling as
a salve for its wounded economy. Before the first blackjack is
dealt or the first patron craps out, the municipalities in which
the gaming companies hope to set up shop will have their say.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A recount on Thursday showed Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto as the clear winner of Sunday’s presidential election, but the runner-up still refused to concede, alleging Pena Nieto’s party bought millions of votes.
The results set up a return to power for the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which governed Mexico from 1929 to 2000, when it was frequently accused of vote-rigging.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Opposition front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto won last Sunday’s presidential election as expected, but he emerged with a narrower margin than had been forecast, complicating his chances of pushing through reforms.
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Pena Nieto, the new face of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, won more than 38 percent of the vote, about 6.5 percentage points ahead of his nearest rival, leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican opposition candidate Enrique Pena Nieto’s campaign team claimed victory in the country’s presidential election on Sunday after exit polls showed him winning by a comfortable margin.
Pena Nieto, 45, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), led by between 8 and 11 percentage points in exit polls published by three of Mexico’s main television networks after voting ended on Sunday night.