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Perry calls Iowa a ‘quirky place’ after finishing fifth

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that he was staying in the presidential race, blaming his poor showing in the Iowa caucuses on the “loosey goosey process,” which allowed Democrats to vote. “This wasn’t a hard decision,” Perry told reporters, according to CBS News. “[Iowa] is a quirky place, a…

Gingrich blasts Romney in New Hampshire

LACONIA, New Hampshire — Former House speaker Newt Gingrich hammered Mitt Romney Wednesday, saying only a “Reagan conservative” like himself can unite Republicans to beat President Barack Obama in November. One day after a lackluster performance in the Iowa caucuses, won narrowly by Romney, Gingrich placed a full-page ad in…

German man charged over LA arson spree

LOS ANGELES — A German man arrested following a four-day arson spree in Los Angeles over New Year has been charged on 37 felony counts, prosecutors said Wednesday. The charges were announced before a court appearance by Harry Burkhart, 24, over the fire-setting spree, which kept the West Coast city…

Obama to unveil leaner U.S. military strategy

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will visit the Pentagon on Thursday to unveil a revised US military strategy designed to reflect a more frugal era and a greater focus on potential threats from China, officials said. The Pentagon’s “defense strategic review” is supposed to set out an approach for the…

Judge tosses lawsuit against Arizona’s medical marijuana law

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the legalization of medical marijuana in Arizona. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer filed a lawsuit against her own state’s medical marijuana law in May. She claimed that state employees could be in jeopardy because the state law conflicts with federal laws, despite…

Gingrich: Founding fathers would have ‘violent’ reaction to pot growers

Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that the founders of the United States would have dealt violently with marijuana growers, despite the fact that they grew the plant for commercial purposes themselves. He said at an town hall event in New Hampshire that decriminalizing drugs like marijuana would increase the rate of…

Japanese-American who fought WWII internment camps dies

OTTAWA — Gordon Hirabayashi, who fought the United States’ internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, has died in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 93, said local media. “My dad… passed away early this morning (Monday),” his son, Jay Hirabayashi, said on Facebook. “He was an American hero ……

Detroit automakers rack up strong 2011 gains

CHICAGO — The Detroit Three automakers posted solid December US sales Wednesday, driving a strong 2011 performance and expectations for even better results this year as the industry slowly climbs out of a deep downturn. “It’s now clear that auto sales should continue to grow in 2012 barring a shock…

McCain backs Romney to take on Obama

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Republican Senator John McCain, who lost the White House race to President Barack Obama in 2008, endorsed Mitt Romney on Wednesday to take on the embattled incumbent in November. “I’m really here for one reason and one reason only, and that is to make sure that…

High-profile Scientologist blasts church leader for hoarding money

A former high ranking executive in the Church of Scientology has made waves after an email sent to 12,000 fellow Scientologists on New Year’s Day was leaked to the press. In the email, Debbie Cook described herself as “dedicated to the technology of Dianetics and Scientology” but blasted the church’s…

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