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NATO discusses US plans to end Afghan combat mission

NATO allies discuss Thursday US plans to end combat operations in Afghanistan in 2013 and shift to a training mission, as the alliance seeks to wind down a war that has dragged on for a decade. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta set out the goal as he arrived in Brussels…

Romney stumbles as Gingrich eyes Trump boost

Republican White House frontrunner Mitt Romney stumbled a day after his Florida triumph with a gaffe about poor Americans, while rival Newt Gingrich eyed a boost Thursday from Donald Trump. Populist real estate tycoon and reality TV star Trump, who flirted with running for the presidency himself last year, was…

Trump to endorse Gingrich: reports

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Donald Trump will make a “major announcement” Thursday about the US presidential race, according to his aides, as media reports said he will endorse Newt Gingrich. The real estate tycoon and reality TV star, who flirted with running for the presidency himself last year, will speak…

Nancy G. Brinker responds to landslide of criticism aimed at Susan G. Komen charity

News that Susan G. Komen for the Cure planned to halt all grants to Planned Parenthood caused an uproar over the past two days, prompting the charity’s founder to address the issue in a video uploaded to YouTube and Facebook. The Associated Press learned that nation’s leading breast-cancer charity was…

San Onofre nuclear reactor turned off after radiation leak

LOS ANGELES — A reactor at the San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Diego has been shut down after a radiation leak which was not big enough to cause public harm, the US atomic safety agency said Wednesday. Radioactive gas escaped from a pipe in a building located next…

ACLU files lawsuit over drone strikes targeting U.S. citizens overseas

The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, Department of Defense and CIA in hopes of disclosing government information related to the killing of three U.S. citizens by drone attacks last year. “Our government’s deliberate and premeditated killing of American terrorism suspects raises…

Washington lawmakers introduce bill condemning NDAA

Five Republican lawmakers from Washington state have introduced legislation that condemns the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 for controversial measures regarding the detainment of terrorism suspects, according to the Tenth Amendment Center. The $662 billion defense spending bill contained a controversial section that required terrorism suspects to be…

Union workers stage protest march to Super Bowl site

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — While Super Bowl players prepared for Sunday’s NFL title showdown, protesting workers marched on the host stadium after a vote Wednesday by Indiana lawmakers to weaken union power in the state. With thousands of protesters in and around the Statehouse in the shadow of the NFL host…

No major Super Bowl threats, says Homeland Security

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — No major threats have been made against Sunday’s Super Bowl 46, US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday even as authorities noted record safety technology advances. “We’re probably the most technologically protected Super Bowl we have ever had,” said Frank Straub, director of public safety for…

Obama, Romney gird for White House clash

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney set their sights Wednesday on an epic clash for the White House after the Republican tightened his grip on his party race with a crushing Florida primary win. Romney’s victory over Newt Gingrich restored him as the hot favorite to head the…

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