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Nestle offers ice-cream treat for lactose-intolerant dogs

GENEVA — Swiss food giant Nestle said Friday that it has a treat in store for dogs keen for an ice-cream to cool down in the summer heat. Its so-called Frosty Paws ice-cream, are “specially formulated for dogs, who are lactose intolerant and cannot digest dairy products such as regular…

White House marks World Humanitarian Day

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday honored relief workers from Somalia to Sudan and Afghanistan to Yemen to mark the third United Nations-sponsored World Humanitarian Day. “The United States joins with the international community in honoring the courage and commitment of dedicated aid workers like these who devote their…

Iraq agrees to extend U.S. military role: Panetta

WASHINGTON — Iraq has agreed to keep American troops in Iraq beyond a year-end deadline for their withdrawal, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday. “My view is that they finally did say, ?Yes,’” Panetta said in an interview with Stars and Stripes and the Military Times. Iraqi political leaders…

Oregon Dem sees tough road for Obama reelection in liberal state

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) may represent a very blue district in a blue state, but the dean of the Oregon congressional delegation does not see sunny skies for President Barack Obama in the rainy Pacific Northwest for 2012. DeFazio has 14 town halls scheduled in his district during the recess,…

Separating fact from fiction on U.S. economic myths

by Michael Grabell, ProPublica With the recent Iowa straw poll and President Obama’s bus tour, Americans are hearing a cacophony of arguments about the wobbly economy. The federal stimulus package passed in 2009 was either a deficit-busting failure full of wasteful projects or an unparalleled rescue that would have been…

Florida teacher admits calling same sex marriage a ‘cesspool’

A former Florida teacher of the year has been temporarily reassigned while the school district investigates if his anti-gay comments on Facebook violate the ethics code. Mount Dora High School teacher Jerry Buell provided Fox News Radio with the comments that he says got him in so much trouble. “I’m…

Gifts given to Perry include thousands of dollars of cowboy boots: report

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has spent decade-plus in public office — and the requisite public records and disclosures that come along with those years — have given the media and voters plenty to inspect about the contender for the GOP’s 2012 presidential nomination. The latest intriguing tidbit: records of…

Florida’s welfare drug testing costs more than it saves

Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to test welfare recipients for drugs is costing the state money, despite his claims that the program would actually save tax dollars. A WFTV investigation found that out of the 40 recipients tested by Department of Central Florida’s (DCF) region, only two resulted in…

Perry ignores public data to insist stimulus did not create jobs

During an appearance in New Hampshire on Thursday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) told a crowd of potential supporters that the Recovery Act “didn’t create any jobs, as far as I can tell.” The comment is another in a long line of denials by the governor that billions of dollars…

Feingold says he won’t run for office in 2012

Former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold will not run for public office in 2012, he says in today’s Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. According to the report, Feingold’s election year plans are to continue teaching law full-time at Marquette University Law School, to work with his campaign finance reform PAC, and to finish the…

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