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Collapse of Maya civilization tied to drought: study

WASHINGTON — A long catastrophic drought led to the collapse of Maya culture, a new study said Thursday, confirming a controversial hypothesis linking its demise to climate change. The study, published in Friday’s issue of the journal “Science,” involved an international team of researchers. “The rise and fall of Mayan…

Obama to make economy statement Friday

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will make Friday his major first post-election intervention in the looming showdown with Republicans over debt and spending, with an on-camera White House statement. A White House official told AFP that the remarks, in the presidential mansion’s ornate East Room, would focus on “the…

Australia scraps plan to filter Internet

SYDNEY — Australia on Friday scrapped a controversial plan to filter the Internet, saying it will instead block hundreds of websites identified by Interpol as among the worst child abuse sites. The centre-left Labor government had pushed since 2007 for a mandatory Internet filter to protect children, to be administered…

Boehner ‘confident’ of immigration deal

WASHINGTON — US House Speaker John Boehner expressed confidence Thursday that he and his Republicans can work with President Barack Obama in hammering out a comprehensive deal on immigration. Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s tack to the right during his presidential campaign, particularly on immigration, was a key reason he lost…

Ann Coulter tells Republicans to stop ‘waxing philosophical’ on rape

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter on Wednesday slammed the Republican candidates who tarnished their races with offensive comments about rape. “Oh, man, you’re talking about Romney,” she told radio host Laura Ingraham. “We’ve got to do something about these Senate candidates. Any Republican running for office, knock it off with the…

New York rations gasoline as electric outages mount

NEW YORK — New York announced gasoline rationing Thursday to address a fuel crisis sparked by superstorm Sandy, as tens of thousands more people lost electricity and officials prepared to deploy emergency mobile homes. Echoing 1970s energy shortages, America’s biggest city and financial capital was to restrict sales starting at…

Romney campaign hints he lost Florida

MIAMI — Mitt Romney’s senior campaign adviser in Florida hinted Thursday that the Republican presidential challenger lost the state, where a result was still to be declared two days after the election. President Barack Obama ended up not needing the biggest swing state as he romped to a decisive electoral…

Boehner may halt attempts to repeal Obamacare

WASHINGTON — US House Speaker John Boehner suggested Thursday he was ready to drop Republican efforts to repeal landmark health care reform now that President Barack Obama has won re-election. Asked in an interview with ABC News whether he would seek to fully repeal the Obama-backed Affordable Care Act, as…

Obama plans second-term strategy as House Republicans craft their own

Democrats have warned their opponents in Congress against seeking to wreck Barack Obama’s second term by adopting confrontational strategies that risk bringing Washington to a standstill. One of Barack Obama’s senior advisers, David Axelrod, said it was no longer “business as usual” and the American public did not want to…

Karl Rove: Obama ‘succeeded by suppressing the vote’

Republican political strategist Karl Rove on Thursday claimed that President Barack Obama was re-elected because he was able to suppress voters. During an appearance on Fox News, Rove claimed that Obama had not gotten more people to vote for him, compared to 2008. Instead, Obama successfully retained his 2008 supporters…

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