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Obama’s VA nominee promises corporate-style discipline under his watch

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged on Tuesday to bring corporate-style discipline and accountability to the troubled agency plagued by healthcare delays and accusations of mismanagement and fraud. Bob McDonald, the former chief executive officer of Procter…

Maine Gov. LePage complains: Housing eight immigrant kids is a ‘huge burden’

BOSTON (Reuters) – Maine Governor Paul LePage blasted the White House on Tuesday for placing in his state eight children who tried to cross the border illegally. The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has been struggling to find shelter for the wave of unaccompanied child immigrants from Guatemala, El…

Chrysler to recall up to 792,300 SUVs for ignition problem that plagued GM

Washington (AFP) – Chrysler on Tuesday said it would recall up to 792,300 sport utility vehicles to fix an ignition-switch problem, the same part involved in the massive General Motors recall. The automaker, a subsidiary of Italy-based Fiat Chrysler, said it was issuing the recall “out of an abundance of…

Oregon initiative legalizing recreational pot use qualifies for November ballot

By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) – An initiative seeking to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana in Oregon has qualified for the November ballot, the state said on its website on Tuesday. Only two U.S. states, Washington and Colorado, currently allow recreational marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. Oregon’s proposal…

U.S. to release intelligence data on downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

US intelligence officials were expected to present data Tuesday backing up the theory that pro-Russian rebels were responsible for the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was blown out of the sky Thursday by what is believed to have been a surface-to-air missile, killing…

Palestinians plead for UN action to stop Gaza violence

The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations held up photographs of slain children and read out the names of the dead on Tuesday as he pleaded for action from the Security Council. “On behalf of the Palestinian people, we ask: What is the international community doing to stop this bloodletting,…

China insists it loves peace as army shows off robots that dance to Shakira

To the sound of Shakira’s Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) robots demonstrated their dance steps, screaming recruits drilled with bayonets and tanks rolled as China’s military offered a rare moment of openness Tuesday. The exposition, held at the Armoured Forces Engineering Academy in Beijing, was touted by senior People’s…

Worldwide female genital mutilation ban sought at UN-backed ‘Girl Summit’

British Prime Minister David Cameron called on Tuesday for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation and child marriage as he launched the first UN-backed “Girl Summit” on issues that affect millions around the globe. Cameron announced that parents in Britain would face prosecution for failing to prevent their daughters…

Two of Europe’s largest banks cost the U.S. billions with tax avoidance scheme

Two of Europe’s largest banks, Barclays and Deutsche Bank, have sold complex financial products that allowed hedge funds to avoid US taxes, a Senate report said Tuesday. The scheme has cost the federal government billions of dollars in tax revenues, according to the report by the Senate permanent subcommittee on…

Showdown at the Supreme Court expected as courts deliver conflicting rulings on Obamacare

By David Morgan and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two federal judicial panels on Tuesday delivered conflicting rulings on how the government subsidizes premiums through President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, creating more uncertainty over signature legislation that has been dogged by challenges from Republicans and other conservatives. The rulings, handed…

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