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One dead as wildfires rage in Colorado and New Mexico

More firefighters were called up on Tuesday to help fight a raging wildfire in the western US state of Colorado, which remains out of control and has claimed one life, officials said. Up to 200 firefighters were ordered in to help reinforce the 400 already battling to contain the blaze…

U.S. Commerce Sec. to take leave after car accidents

US Commerce Secretary John Bryson has taken medical leave, after he was found unconscious following two mysterious hit-and-run car accidents, possibly caused by a seizure, the White House said. Bryson, 68, is under investigation over two incidents in Californiaon Saturday, where he was traveling privately without his security detail. Authorities say neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected.…

Brilliant Asian Americans face strongest stereotypes in professions

Asian American families churn out doctors, engineers and graduate students, but their high-achieving image hides a “bamboo ceiling” that marginalizes the fastest growing US minority, experts say. Jonathan Saw, Asia Society’s senior advisor for Asian Pacific American Research, said Monday that a new survey demonstrates an odd mixture of success and disenchantment, with…

14 million seniors receive free preventive services in 2012 thanks to health reform

More than 14 million seniors received at least one preventive service at no cost to them during the first five months of 2012 under the healthcare reform law’s new preventive benefits for Medicare. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Monday that another 1.1 million seniors in 2012 took…

Violent crime in U.S. dips for fifth year running

WASHINGTON — Violent crime in the United States has declined for a fifth year in a row, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday as it released preliminary annual crime statistics for 2011. In a statement, the federal law enforcement agency said the nation saw a four percent decrease in…

U.S. drone crashes in Maryland: Navy

WASHINGTON — A US Navy drone crashed in swamp land in Maryland, not far from the US capital Washington, on Monday without causing any injuries or property damage, officials said. The Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft went down about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Washington, near Bloodsworth Island, east of…

U.S. concerned over Russia crackdown

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday voiced concern after Russian police raided the homes of top protest leaders ahead of a planned mass rally in Moscow against President Vladimir Putin. “The United States is deeply concerned by the apparent harassment of Russian political opposition figures on the eve of…

Occupy Wall Street trial begins for protesters accused of trespassing

Eight Occupy Wall Street protesters accused of trespassing on the property of a New York church in December went on trial Monday. The courtroom was packed and an overflow of Occupy supporters spilled out into the hall as a Manhattan judge heard the testimony of New York City police officers…

NYPD officer indicted for shooting death of unarmed Bronx teenager

A New York police officer who shot dead an unarmed teenager who was inside his own home has been indicted on manslaughter charges, reports say. Ramarley Graham was killed as he fled to the bathroom of his grandmother’s residence in the Bronx on February 2, prompting a wave of protest…

Gov. Scott sues Dept. of Homeland Security over database

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced Monday that the state would sue the Department of Homeland Security to gain access to a database containing information on eligible voters. “The Florida’s Secretary of State office will be filing a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security to give us that database,”…

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