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Big Three automakers score solid sales in June

DETROIT, Michigan — The Big Three US automakers reported strong domestic sales for June Tuesday, capping a solid first half of the year even as US economic growth overall remained weak. Despite economic headwinds, Chrysler and General Motors both posted double-digit increases in US sales last month, while Ford grew…

Woman sentenced to read the Book of Job for drunk driving

A woman in Pennsylvania has been ordered to read the Old Testament as part of her sentence for crashing into a car and seriously injuring two people while she was drunk, according to The Herald. Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles sentenced Cassandra Belle Tolley to eight years in jail followed…

As Romney chills out on holiday, VP chatter heats up

WASHINGTON — White House hopeful Mitt Romney is making the most of a family vacation at their lavish New Hampshire lakefront compound, but there is a question he can’t seem to jet-ski away from: who will he pick as his running mate? The Republican flag bearer has a week of…

No charges for former commerce chief over car crashes

LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors said Tuesday they will not press charges against former US commerce secretary John Bryson over a series of car crashes blamed on a seizure, which led to his resignation. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said there was insufficient evidence to prove either driving under…

Iowa Republicans seek to halt Medicaid funded abortions for rape victims

The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and other groups have condemned a petition requesting the state deny Medicaid reimbursements for abortions resulting from rape, incest, or a devastating fetal health diagnosis. Forty-one Republican state lawmakers filed the petition last month with the Iowa Department of Human Services. The lawmakers…

Iconic television actor Andy Griffith dies at 86

Actor Andy Griffith, 86, a beloved icon of US television for programs including “The Andy Griffith Show” in the 1960s and the popular legal drama “Matlock,” died Tuesday. President Barack Obama led tributes to the star, calling him “a performer of extraordinary talent,” adding that he “was beloved by generations…

Mitt Romney’s campaign fails Venn diagram class

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney may have graduated cum laude from Harvard, but his campaign clearly failed Venn Diagrams 101. On Monday, the campaign released a Venn diagram that attempted to show President Barack Obama had not kept his promises about lowering the costs of health care. The left…

FDA approves over-the-counter HIV testing kit

The United States announced Tuesday that it had authorized the first over-the-counter home testing kit for HIV, the virus that leads to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Under the testing procedure, the OraQuick In-Home HIV test kit will allow purchasers to collect an oral fluid sample by swabbing the upper…

Study: For-profit college students end up with lower earnings

In a new working paper filed with the National Bureau of Economic research, a statistical analysis of for-profit college students show that earnings are significantly less than students who attend comparable nonprofit schools. The study found that “income in 2009 is approximately $5,500 lower for students starting at for-profit institutions…

Michigan governor slaps down Republican voter restrictions

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) issued three vetos on Tuesday that effectively killed his own party’s plans to drive down the number of voters in the state in time for the 2012 presidential election. While the governor signed most of the election reform bills sent to him by his fellow…

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