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China’s vice president warns against U.S. military focus on Asia

China’s likely next leader Xi Jinping warned the United States against plans to boost its military strength in Asia as he prepared for a closely watched visit to Washington starting Monday. China’s vice president, who is tipped to rule the rising Asian power until 2023, called on the United States…

Mortgage problems? Some owners turning their homes into billboards

BUENA PARK, California (Reuters) – When they saw the house on El Dorado Drive in this Los Angeles suburb being painted a startling orange and green and giant billboards hung on the outside, Scott and Beth Hostetler’s neighbors were initially angry and confused. Some even considered calling the police. But…

First national blues museum planned for St. Louis riverfront

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – A few blocks from the Mississippi River levee where a homeless W.C. Handy composed “St. Louis Blues” more than 100 years ago, the first national blues museum in the United States is taking shape. While several regional blues museums have popped up around the country —…

Civil unions criticized ahead of NJ marriage vote

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In the fall of 2010, John Grant was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with a shattered skull after being hit by a car in New York City. Grant’s partner, Daniel Weiss, arrived at the hospital minutes later, frantic for an update on Grant’s condition. But when Weiss…

Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ wins best song at the Grammy’s

British soul diva Adele won the best song of the year Grammy for “Rolling in the Deep”, her fourth prize at the music industry’s annual awards show in Los Angeles. Adele, nominated in six categories at the Grammys, took to the stage with producer Paul Epworth, who she called “the…

Greek riots escalate as parliament passes austerity plan

The Greek parliament in the early hours of Monday voted its approval of a harsh new austerity plan in exchange for new loans from foreign lenders. The vote was not even close, with 199 members of parliament voting in favor, 74 against, and 27 abstaining. The two major parties in…

London police launch anti-terrorism hotline, solicit informants

LONDON — With just over five months to go until the Olympic Games, police in London launched a new anti-terrorism hotline Monday to persuade residents and visitors to shop potential attackers. “Terrorists live amongst us. We want you to tell us about anyone or anything you see which is out…

Fukushima reactor may be overheating again

Temperature readings at one of the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactors have risen above Japan’s stringent new safety standard but there was no immediate danger, its operator said Sunday. Tokyo Electric Power said one of three thermometers on the number-two reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant indicated gradual heating this…

Ron Paul campaign implies foul play in Romney victory in Maine

In the wake of would-be Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s victory in Saturday’s Maine caucuses, the Ron Paul campaign is raising implications of foul play. According to the official tally, with 84% of the votes counted, Romney took 39% of that vote, defeating Paul by a narrow margin of 194…

Iran warns Hamas not to compromise with Israel

Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei on Sunday warned the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas against any “compromise” in its fight against Tehran’s nemesis Israel, his official website reported. “Always be wary of infiltration by the compromisers in a resistance organization, which will gradually weaken it,” Khamenei told the visiting Hamas Gaza…

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