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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…

For many Americans, jobs crisis to last many years

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – - Despite an upswing in hiring during 2011, the jobs crisis could last many more years as millions of Americans struggle to find work. In Orlando, Florida, Brenda Solomon lost her retail job last May at a department store and was unable to find even temporary…

Blackwater settles Iraq killings suit

(Reuters) – A wrongful death lawsuit linked to a defining moment of the Iraq war has ended with the company formerly known as Blackwater agreeing to settle with the families of four security contractors killed in a gruesome 2004 ambush. The victims’ survivors reached a confidential settlement with the company’s…

Romney says rivals will close ranks to fight Obama

Mitt Romney predicted Friday that he and his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination will ultimately close ranks to ensure that Barack Obama is turned out of the White House. “We’ll put our egos and bruised feelings aside and then come back and do what’s the right thing for our…

New book describes tension between Michelle Obama and White House staff

A new book detailing life in the White House describes high tension under the tenure of Barack Obama as First Lady Michelle Obama struggled with his top aides over the direction of his presidency. She “cherished the idea of her husband as a transformational figure” but battled with White House…

Judge rules that Twitter must hand over information on WikiLeaks supporters

A year ago this week, it was learned that a US grand jury had secretly issued subpoenas for the Twitter account information of several WikiLeaks supporters. The subpoenas have been held up by challenges from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but now U.S. District Judge…

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