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‘Fox & Friends’ suggests employment numbers were ‘fabricated’

Several Fox News co-hosts on Wednesday continued to suggest that there may be a conspiracy to increase President Barack Obama’s chances at re-election by manufacturing better-than-expected employment numbers. “What does the good economic news — if you believe these numbers — mean for President Obama’s fortunes?” asked co-host Brian Kilmeade.…

Romney is machine gun-toting ‘Rombo’ in new Santorum ad

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has released a new ad warning voters to expect an onslaught of attack ads from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. In the new commercial, a Romney look-alike uses an assault rifle to fire mud at Santorum. “Mitt Romney’s negative attack machine is back on full…

California economy to slowly improve in 2012: study

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California’s economy, the biggest in the United States and the ninth-largest in the world, will see a slight improvement in 2012 but a recovery in the crucial housing market is at least two years away, according to a report released on Wednesday. California was one of states hardest hit by…

U.S. lawmakers to meet China VP

China’s heir apparent Xi Jinping will meet US lawmakers critical ofBeijing on Wednesday before heading to the heartland state of Iowa for a reunion with ordinary Americans he met on a 1985 exchange. US concerns over trade policy and human rights could come to the fore as Xi meets top US legislators in an election…

Tens of billions at stake in BP oil spill trial

Tens of billions of dollars will be at stake when BP heads to a US court this month to determine how much it owes for the massiveGulf of Mexico oil spill and how much it can shift to subcontractors. Several government probes have castigated BP, rig operatorTransocean and Halliburton – which was responsible for…

Poll finds low enthusiasm for Republican candidates

WASHINGTON — Most Republicans believe Mitt Romney will be their party’s presidential nominee and that he has the best chance to beat President Barack Obama in November, a national poll released Tuesday found. But the CNN/ORC International poll found little enthusiasm for the former Massachusetts governor’s presidential bid, instead favoring…

Italy cruise ship passengers file $528 million U.S. lawsuit

MIAMI — Thirty-nine survivors of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off Italy last month filed an amended lawsuit in Florida state court Tuesday seeking more than half a billion dollars in damages. The suit filed against Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines Inc., and its subsidiary Costa Cruise Line —…

Panetta voices caution on Taliban prisoner deal

WASHINGTON — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday he would not approve the transfer of any Taliban inmates held at the US-run prison in Guantanamo Bay unless he was sure the detainees would not return to the battlefield. President Barack Obama’s administration has confirmed tentative discussions with the Taliban…

Poll: Catholics approval of Obama mostly unchanged amid birth control battle

Catholics approval of President Barack Obama has remained relatively unchanged despite facing harsh opposition from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over new contraception rules. A survey released Tuesday by Gallup found that 46 percent of Catholics approved of Obama last week. A week prior to that his approval was…

Humanists in Massachusetts Superior Court argue against reciting pledge

The American Humanist Association on Monday told the Massachusetts Superior Court that the daily recital of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools was a violation of the state’s constitution. In the case, Jane Doe, et. als. v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District et al, the group is representing an atheist…

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