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Navy SEAL who accidentally shot himself dies

Petty Officer Third Class Gene Clayton, 22, of Poland, Ohio, was taken off life support at Scripps Memorial Hospital early on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. “Apparently he was out for the evening and he had gone home with a young lady and was handling a firearm and…

Gingrich complains gays rights questions are ‘anti-Christian bigotry’

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich blasted moderators at a debate in New Hampshire Saturday for “anti-Christian bigotry” after they asked several of the GOP hopefuls about gay rights. “I just want to raise a point about the news media bias,” the former House Speaker complained to ABC’s Diane Sawyer. “You…

Florida animal shelter euthanizes 18 dogs after virus outbreak

Workers at a Florida animal shelter were forced to euthanized 18 dogs Saturday morning after a virus outbreak in the pound. According to The Miami Herald, adoptions and dropoffs at Miami-Dade County’s Animal Services were placed on hold after workers noticed an airborne virus that attacks the dog’s nervous system.…

In South Carolina primary, a fundraising showdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The obscure groups behind the spending spree in the race for the Republican nomination for president are about to take it up a notch. Super PACs, the fundraising giants that have already reshaped the campaign by spending millions of dollars for ads on TV, radio and websites,…

Obama vows to do ‘whatever it takes’ to grow economy

US President Barack Obama promised on Saturday to do “whatever it takes” to maintain growth in the US economy as he announced a summit with business leaders dedicated to job creation at home. “This year, I’m going to keep doing whatever it takes to move this economy forward and to…

Opponents fall short of challenging California Dream Act

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Organizers have failed to gather enough signatures for a California voter initiative aimed at barring illegal immigrants from receiving public aid for college, a leader of the campaign said on Friday. The petition drive led by state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican, took aim at 2011…

Obama to businesses: Bring jobs home

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama kicked off an effort to encourage businesses to keep jobs at home instead of outsourcing them overseas, as he rolled out a new election-year theme on Saturday aimed at courting middle-class voters. In his weekly radio and video address, Obama previewed an event he…

Opening statements delayed at U.S. war crimes trial

A jury has been selected for the court-martial of the last US Marine charged over a notorious 2005 killing of civilians in Iraq, paving the way for opening statements next week. Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich pleaded not guilty Thursday at Camp Pendleton, California, where the first day of proceedings was…

Texas election map fight goes before Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court next week will step into a partisan battle over remapping congressional districts in Texas, the court’s first review of political boundary-drawing resulting from the 2010 U.S. census, with elections ahead in November. At issue in Monday ‘s arguments will be whether Texas uses maps…

Gingrich blasts Romney on abortion, taxing the blind

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich assailed rival Mitt Romney on Friday, accusing him of paying for abortions with tax dollars and raising taxes on blind people. In a conference call with South Carolina supporters, Gingrich said Romney is a “Massachusetts moderate in the same…

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