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Romney slams Obama over ‘prairie fire’ of debt

WASHINGTON — Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of doing nothing to douse a “prairie fire of debt” as he previewed a new economic message in a key swing state. Romney, seeking to make November’s election a referendum on the stuttering economic recovery presided over…

U.S. will not return illegally adopted Guatemalan girl

WASHINGTON — The United States Tuesday refused to return to Guatemala a girl illegally adopted by a US couple in 2006 because at the time the South American nation had not yet signed onto an international treaty. “We can’t accept cases under the Hague Convention on abduction if the treaty…

Pentagon restricts flights of F-22 jets over safety worries

WASHINGTON — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered the Air Force to restrict flights of its most advanced fighter jet, the F-22, after some pilots complained of dizzy spells and blackouts, officials said Tuesday. Since 2008, officials say at least a dozen F-22 pilots have reported suffering a lack…

Congress renews U.S. export bank

WASHINGTON — Congress approved a bill Tuesday renewing the charter of the US Export-Import Bank for three years and raising the ceiling on its financing guarantees from $100 billion to $140 billion. The Senate approved the text 78-20 after the House of Representatives backed the measure last week in a…

Obama Administration threatens to veto defense budget

The Obama Administration on Tuesday threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 over provisions related to Guantanamo Bay and same sex marriage. The House Armed Services Committee approved the $642 billion defense budget last week by a 56-5 vote. The budget is $8 billion over the military…

Virginia Democrats blast ‘bigoted’ Republican delegates

Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday morning blocked openly gay Richmond prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland from appointment as a District Court judge, according to the Associated Press. Thorne-Begland received 33 yes votes and 31 no votes. All of the no votes came from Republican delegates. Ten delegates abstained…

House Speaker Boehner gears up for end-of-the-year budget fight

House Speaker John Boehner fired the opening shot Tuesday in a new potential fight with Democrats over the US debt ceiling, which is scheduled for an increase at the end of this year. But Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned Boehner against setting up a debt limit showdown, saying the potential…

Four NATO protesters arrested in Chicago

Four NATO protesters were arrested Tuesday at a rally outside a Chicago immigration court ahead of a weekend summit that will bring dozens of world leaders to the Windy City, police said. Television crews captured protesters confronting police on bicycles positioned outside the building and chanting “this is what democracy…

LGBT rights group headquarters targeted with bomb threat

LGBT rights group the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) evacuated its offices in Washington, D.C., Tuesday afternoon after the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) received an unspecified bomb threat against a “national gay rights organization,” according to reporting from Metro Weekly. Other LGBT rights organizations, including nearby National Gay and Lesbian…

‘D-U-High’ bill fails in Colorado state Senate

The Colorado state Senate rejected a bill Tuesday that would have created a blood alcohol limit for marijuana use for drivers. The so-called “D-U-High” bill, which would have banned drivers with more than 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood, failed to break a tie of 17-17 in the…

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