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Abraham Lincoln’s opera glasses up for auction

The opera glasses Abraham Lincoln held when he was fatally shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington on April 14, 1865 are on the auction block. Lincoln carried the opera glasses to a showing of the play “Our American Cousin” when John Wilkes Booth burst into the president’s theater box and…

Obama camp slams ‘Back to the Future’ Romney

President Barack Obama’s camp greeted Mitt Romney’s coronation as Republican nominee, warning he would turn America “Back to the Future” to crisis-causing economic policies. “Mitt Romney has spent the past year out on the campaign trail tearing down the president with a negative message that even Republicans who have endorsed…

Romney lays claim to nomination with 5-state sweep

Mitt Romney effectively claimed the Republican presidential nomination as he reveled in a five-state primary sweep and urged voters to help him oust President Barack Obama in November. With wins Tuesday in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, according to US media forecasts, Romney essentially kicked off his…

Former BP engineer charged with destroying evidence in Gulf oil spill

The US justice department has made the first arrest in connection with the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, charging a former engineer with destroying evidence relating to the amount of oil gushing from BP’s stricken well. Two years after the 20 April 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon, the justice…

‘Kony 2012′ kidnap victim retells ordeal to U.S. senators

WASHINGTON — The young kidnap victim at the center of a controversial online video went before a US Senate panel Tuesday to retell his ordeal at the hands of the Lord’s Resistance Army. “Being someone who was born during that war, I went through a lot,” Jacob Acaye, abducted at…

Religious groups push to revive Oklahoma ‘fetal personhood’ bill

Religious leaders and lawmakers gathered at the Oklahoma statehouse on Monday to demand that the state House vote on the Oklahoma Personhood Act, legislation to grant embryos full rights as people from the moment of conception. “As Baptists we uphold the value and sanctity of life,” said Dan Fisher, Pastor…

Obama shares pain of debt-laden students

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina — US President Barack Obama told debt-laden students Tuesday he had walked in their shoes, as he sought to connect to Americans hurting in a tough economy, in an apparent dig at Republican Mitt Romney. Obama, opening a tour of three university campuses in three swing…

Two more Secret Service agents quit over scandal

WASHINGTON — Two more Secret Service officers quit Tuesday over a sex scandal that tarnished the image of the elite protection agency, as President Barack Obama branded those involved as “knuckle heads.” A third agent had his security clearance revoked, a step likely to eventually see him dismissed, said Secret…

Federal agency: Civil Rights Act protects transgender workers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that interprets and enforces laws against workplace discrimination, ruled Monday that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects transgender workers. The EEOC held that “intentional discrimination against a transgender individual because that person is transgender” was sex discrimination and therefore a…

Obama: Secret Service agents in scandal are ‘knuckleheads’

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina — US President Barack Obama on Tuesday branded Secret Service agents embroiled in a Colombian prostitute scandal as “knuckleheads” who should not detract from the “incredible” work of the rest of his elite bodyguard unit. “The Secret Service, these guys are incredible,” Obama said at a…

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