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Yemenis protest Saleh presence in U.S.

NEW YORK — Activists protested Thursday outside the luxury New York hotel where they believe Yemen’s embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh is staying while seeking medical treatment. The Yemeni leader’s whereabouts have not been confirmed since he arrived in the United States Saturday on a chartered flight. US authorities let…

U.S. lawmakers call for hearings on military hazing

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers Thursday called for congressional hearings into hazing in the US military while urging an end to “institutional” abuse that has led to suicides among soldiers. Representative Judy Chu, whose Marine nephew, Lance Corporal Harry Lew, committed suicide in Afghanistan last year some 20 minutes after enduring severe…

Senate panel adopts new Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON — A key US Senate panel on Thursday adopted a sweeping package of tough new sanctions aimed at forcing Iran to freeze its suspect nuclear program amid escalating worries of a military confrontation. The Senate Banking Committee approved the harsh new measures by voice vote, without dissent, as part…

Data point to frail recovery in U.S. jobs market

WASHINGTON — The economic data is mostly pointing in the right direction, but the weak economy has kept hopes in check for a big improvement in the government’s labor report Friday. Analysts expect that a slowdown in job creation took place in January after December’s surge in holiday hiring, so…

Komen founder: ‘The responses we are getting are very, very favorable’

The founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Thursday insisted that the public response to her organization’s decision to discontinue its partnership with Planned Parenthood had been “very, very favorable.” CEO Nancy G. Brinker told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell called reports that the Komen Foundation cut funds for breast…

Obama gets Biblical on Republican tax critics

President Barack Obama proved on Thursday that conservatives don’t have a monopoly on using religion to advocate for specific public policies. Speaking to a group of mostly-conservative politicians at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, the president quoted scripture in a effort to get Republicans to support a fairer tax code…

Republican Senators: Slash jobs instead of defense spending

A group of Republican Senators will propose on Thursday a bill to stop mandatory defense spending cuts triggered by the failure of the congressional super committee, putting in its place a plan to reduce the number of federal workers and freeze the pay of others. The proposal would save about…

FBI chainsaws wrong door, makes woman lay in dog urine

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has apologized to a Massachusetts woman after they used a chainsaw to cut open her door and then forced her to lay in dog urine — only to discover they had the wrong apartment. Judy Sanchez said that she and her daughter were asleep…

Alabama Republican Senator: Low teacher pay mandated by God

A Republican State Senator from Alabama claimed this week that keeping teacher salaries low is actually an order from the Christian deity figure, imparted in ancient texts written by Jewish tribesmen thousands of years ago. Speaking at a prayer breakfast recently, Alabama state Senator Shadrack McGill praised giving pay raises…

Santorum to sick kid: Don’t complain about $1 million drug costs

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told the mother of a child with a rare genetic disorder on Tuesday that she shouldn’t have a problem paying $1 million a year for drugs because Apple’s iPad can cost around $900. Speaking to more than 400 people at Woodland Park, Colorado, the former…

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