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Tornadoes kill five in Midwest

CHICAGO — At least five people were killed in Oklahoma after dozens of tornadoes swept through the Midwestern United States late on Saturday and early Sunday, leaving destruction in their wake, local media reported. CNN television said the five fatalities, which included two children, occurred in the northwest Oklahoma town…

Concerns grow about America’s racial divide

WASHINGTON — It was hailed as the dawn of a “post-racial America,” ushered in by the election of the first black president in a country still scarred by the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and the battle for civil rights. But recent incidents — including the shooting of an unarmed…

In pivot to Obama, Romney’s real work begins

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney has shrugged off b-list contenders to position himself as the Republican nominee, but now he has a tougher challenge: outmaneuvering a well-organized, better-funded US President Barack Obama. The task at hand, Romney policy director Lanhee Chen said, is “crystallizing for the American people that choice” between…

U.S. under pressure to let Cuba join Americas summit

Leaders from across the Americas launched talks here Saturday on expanding trade as the United States came under strong pressure to let Cuba attend future summits. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, host of the Summit of the Americas, said Saturday it would be “unacceptable” to keep Cuba out of the…

Five military members accused of misconduct in Secret Service scandal

Five members of the U.S. military were allegedly involved in the prostitution scandal in Colombia that saw 12 Secret Service members relieved of duty. The United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) said that it would punish the military members for “inappropriate conduct” at the same hotel the service agents were located…

GOP Rep: ‘I have little tolerance’ for those with high student loans

If someone is looking for sympathy for their high student loans, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) would not be among those providing any support. According to audio obtained by Think Progress, the congresswoman appeared on G. Gordon Libby show Friday afternoon, saying she “never borrowed a dime of money” during her…

‘Texts from Hillary’ creator: Always loved ‘the idea of powerful women texting each other’

Stacy Lamb and Adam Smith told Jennifer Granholm on Current’s the War Room Friday about how the genesis of their wildly popular Texts from Hillary meme was thought up at the bar. Lamb told Granholm that they knew they had a hit when Buzzfeed called it the best meme of…

Cow spared after running away from slaughterhouse

A 700-pound cow has been spared and sent to the farm after escaping from the slaughterhouse and running down New Jersey highways. The cow was hit twice by police vehicles during its escape run, then was finally caught after police shot it twice with tranquilizers. The cow is now healthy…

Wyclef Jean drops free ‘Justice’ track dedicated to Trayvon Martin

The Fugees artist Wyclef Jean partnered with Prescribed and J. Williams to create a song called “Justice (If You’re 17)” dedicated to Florida teen Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed in a controversial encounter with neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in February. The track, available as a free download Saturday,…

Afghan war whistleblower Daniel Davis: ‘I had to speak out – lives are at stake’

Soldier wrote detailed report claiming US generals ‘have so distorted the truth … the truth has become unrecognizable’ “I am – how do you say it? – persona non grata,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel Davis, as he sat sipping a coffee and eating a chocolate sundae in a shopping mall, just…

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