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Protesters force Romney bus tour into a wee Wawa problem

White House hopeful Mitt Romney spent Saturday courting small-town Americans and pushing his jobs agenda, but a botched campaign stop showed it isn’t always easy connecting with everyday voters. After laying out the case for a Romney presidency at a factory in northeastern Pennsylvania, the Republican flagbearer headed to a…

Michigan man shoots himself through the penis while adjusting gun

A Michigan man is recovering after shooting himself through the crotch while adjusting his .40-caliber Glock, reports The Detroit Free Press. According to police in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham, it could have been worse. “You think about it — your femoral artery runs down there,” Deputy Chief Mark Clemence…

Michigan women lawmakers to perform ‘Vagina Monologues’ at state capitol

Women legislators in Michigan will be joined by author Eve Ensler in a performance of Ensler’s 1996 play, “The Vagina Monologues,” on Monday, June 18, according to the Detroit Free Press. The event is intended as a public response to Republican legislators, who, on Wednesday, indefinitely banned two Democratic women…

Federal Reserve to meet facing huge stimulus hopes

The plodding US economy, meager job growth and market tensions over Europe’s debt crisis will hang over Federal Reserve policymakers when they meet next week. A recent string of weak data on the economy, from rising jobless claims to easing inflation as gasoline prices retrench, has raised speculation that the…

Republican may sue to continue deportation of youths brought to U.S. illegally as children

President Obama’s announcement that his administration intends to block the deportation of as many as 800,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children has already aroused a storm of fury on the right. Most of the Republican Congressional leadership has been slow to react as they…

U.S. health officials urge restaurants to stop selling South Korean oysters

US health authorities have urged restaurants and food outlets to stop selling all fresh, frozen and canned oysters, clams and mussels that came from South Korea over contamination fears. “These products and any products made with them may have been exposed to human fecal waste and are potentially contaminated with…

Obama to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao at G20 in Mexico Tuesday

President Barack Obama will meet next week with China’s President Hu Jintao at the G20 summit in Mexico, the White House announced on Friday. Deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters that the two leaders, who last met in Seoul at the nuclear summit in March, would discuss key…

Police: ‘Kindness’ hitchhiking author shot himself to promote book

A writer from West Virginia who claimed last week that he’d bee shot in a random act of violence has admitted that he shot himself to promote his book, police told The Associated Press on Friday. The writer, 39-year-old Ray Dolan, originally claimed he was working on a book called…

DREAM Act supporters celebrate President Obama’s immigration decision

Activists, immigrants and many other Americans were thrilled today with President Barack Obama’s announcement that he was planning on using his executive powers to implement pieces of the DREAM Act, which has stalled out in Congress. The immigration reform legislation would provide certain rights and privileges to people who came…

Samsung and Apple snag most smartphone profits

Samsung and Apple have captured more than half the global market for smartphones and over 90 percent of its profits, a research firm said Friday. ABI Research said global smartphone shipments grew 41 percent year-over-year to 144.6 million in the first quarter of 2012. Samsung and Apple accounted for 55…

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