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Obama to unveil strategy for leaner US military

President Barack Obama will unveil a revised US military strategy on Thursday designed to reflect fiscal constraints and a greater focus on the potential threat posed by a rising China, officials said. The plan calls for confronting possible challenges from Iran and China with air and naval power while shifting…

‘Occupy DC’ seeks court order to avert eviction

WASHINGTON — Occupy DC applied for a court order Wednesday to head off any attempt by police in the US capital to sweep away its encampment in McPherson Square, a small park near the White House. In a request for a US District Court injunction, the protesters said it would…

Mexican drug cartel chief pleads guilty in U.S.

LOS ANGELES — A Mexican drug kingpin pleaded guilty on Wednesday to US federal charges of racketeering and conspiracy to launder money, and could face up to 25 years in prison, court officials said. Benjamin Arellano Felix, former leader of the notorious Arellano Felix Organization, is due to be sentenced…

New York governor urges mandatory DNA samples

NEW YORK — New York’s governor on Wednesday proposed making the state the first in the country to take mandatory DNA samples from anyone convicted of a crime, including relatively lesser offenses. Governor Andrew Cuomo, in an annual “State of the State” speech to the New York legislature, said currently…

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…

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