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U.S. to spend more than $6 billion in Iraq next year

BAGHDAD — The United States is to spend more than $6 billion in Iraq in 2012 even though its forces are to withdraw from the country by the end of this year, US ambassador James Jeffrey said on Sunday. US President Barack Obama announced on October 21 that the last…

New Hampshire newspaper backs Gingrich

WASHINGTON — The largest newspaper in the pivotal US election state of New Hampshire on Sunday endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for the Republican presidential nomination. Rebuffing longtime frontrunner Mitt Romney, who once served as governor in the neighboring state of Massachusetts, the editors at the New Hampshire Union…

Capital punishment slowly loses ground in U.S.

WASHINGTON — With a new moratorium on the death penalty in Oregon and a drop in the number of death sentences and executions, capital punishment is slowly losing ground in the United States. Oregon governor John Fitzhaber announced on Tuesday that the northwestern state will halt executions at least until…

Gary Johnson mulls third-party run

Disgruntled former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson says he is considering leaving the Republican slate and running as a third-party candidate in the 2012 presidential election. “I feel abandoned by the Republican Party,” Johnson, who has been left out of most of the Republican debates, told the Sante Fe New…

Black Friday sales estimated to break records

US retail sales on Black Friday hit a new record for the start of the holiday shopping season that follows Thanksgiving, according to early estimates published Saturday. Sales hit $11.4 billion, up 6.6 percent compared to last year, and the biggest dollar amount ever spent on Black Friday, Chicago-based research…

Pepper spraying Wal-Mart shopper turns herself in

The woman who reportedly used pepper spray on fellow Black Friday shoppers at a Los Angeles’ Wal-Mart has turned herself in. According to CBS affiliate KCAL, the woman turned herself into LAPD officers Friday evening. The incident came as crowds were in line to buy a new XBox 360. At least…

More Chevy Volt battery fires lead to Federal investigation

US federal regulators have launched a formal safety defect investigation of the Chevrolet Volt after new battery fires in tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Earlier this month, US officials said they had launched an investigation into electric vehicle safety after a damaged lithium battery in a Volt…

NBA owners and players reach tentative deal

NBA owners and players reached a tentative deal Saturday to end a lockout that had thrown the whole basketball season into jeopardy, planning to begin a shortened schedule on Christmas Day. NBA commissioner David Stern emerged from a 15-hour meeting early Saturday morning to say the parties had reached a “tentative understanding that is…

Kansas governor tattles on teen’s rude tweet

CHICAGO — The governor of Kansas faced an online trashing Friday for tattling on a teenaged girl who sent out a critical tweet during a visit to the state capitol. Emma Sullivan, 18, was hauled into her principal’s office and ordered to write letters of apology after one of Governor…

Supreme Court to decide whether lawsuits require harm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a dispute pitting big business against consumer groups, the Supreme Court hears arguments Monday on whether a person has to suffer legal harm to sue a company over an alleged kickback it got. Cleveland home buyer Denise Edwards sued her title insurance company under a 1974…

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