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Romney aide to reporters: ‘Kiss my *ss; this is a holy site’

A Romney aide frustrated by questions about a series of gaffes the former Massachusetts governor made while Britain, Israel and Poland exploded on Monday and told reporters to “shove it.” During a visit to a memorial to Pope John Paul II in Poland, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney ignored…

Defense Secretary Panetta visits Egypt to boost new PM

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Cairo on Tuesday for a lightning visit to the longtime Middle East ally to reaffirm U.S. support for Egypt’s democratic transition, an AFP reporter said. The Pentagon chief is due to meet Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of the Supreme Council of…

State Dept. report blasts China for Buddhist crackdown

The United States warned the world was sliding backwards on religious freedoms, slamming China for cracking down on Tibetan Buddhists and hitting out at Pakistan and Afghanistan. As the State Department unveiled its first report on religious freedoms since the start of the Arab Spring, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…

U.S. risks wasting billions in Afghan reconstruction: watchdog

WASHINGTON — Millions of dollars in US funds have been lost due to poor planning and workmanship in projects to help rebuild Afghanistan and billions more could be at risk, according to a US watchdog. The report by the special inspector general for Afghanistan, John Sopko, warned that handing over…

Trial to start in Drew Peterson case

CHICAGO — Opening statements get under way Tuesday in the trial of a former police officer who allegedly killed his third wife — charged only after his fourth wife disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Drew Peterson, former police sergeant in the town of Bolingbrook, Illinois has spent the last three years…

Auto supplier pleads guilty to price fixing

DETROIT, Michigan — A US auto parts supplier has become the latest company to plead guilty to fixing prices of parts sold to German automakers following an international probe, US prosecutors said Monday. The German subsidiary of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp agreed to pay a $5.1 million fine for its…

Fed expected to hold fire despite weak U.S. growth

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve’s top policy makers are expected to shy away from taking new economic stimulus measures when they meet Tuesday and Wednesday, instead waiting until the economic picture becomes clearer. The interest rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee will gather for a two-day meeting in Washington under the…

Colorado theater shooting suspect hit with slew of murder charges

CENTENNIAL, Colorado — Prosecutors charged grad school dropout James Holmes on Monday with killing a dozen people and trying to slay scores more in one of the worst mass shootings in US history. The 24-year-old neuroscience student allegedly burst into a midnight viewing of the latest Batman film, “The Dark…

Georgia man pistol whips woman and forces 7-year-old to smoke pot

Twenty-six-year old Justin Blake Mitchell of McDonough, Georgia has been arrested and charged with hitting a woman with a gun and forcing a 7-year-old boy to smoke marijuana at gunpoint, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News. The incident took place on July 12, but further investigation has resulted in…

Farmers urge Obama to suspend ethanol requirements due to drought’s ‘imminent food crisis’

The Obama administration was urged on Monday to stop diverting grain to gas amid warnings of an “imminent food crisis” caused by America’s drought. US government forecasts of a 4% rise in food prices for US consumers because of the drought have sharpened criticism of supports for producing fuel from…

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