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Obama briefed on quake during golf round

US President Barack Obama broke away from a round of golf to conduct a conference call with top disaster officials Tuesday after a rare earthquake shook America’s east coast. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama, playing a course on Martha’s Vineyard island, did not feel the impact of the…

Hurricane Irene threatens islands, US East Coast

Hurricane Irene bore down on the southeastern Bahamas Tuesday as the category one storm churned on a track that could see it slam the US mainland later in the week. Forecasters who downgraded Irene, now packing winds of 90 miles (150 kilometers) per hour, said it could still become a…

Johnny DuPree wins Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor

OXFORD, Miss (Reuters) – Mississippi voters chose Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree on Tuesday as the Democratic nominee for governor in one of four states due to hold gubernatorial contests in the fall. DuPree, 57, beat out Clarksdale businessman and attorney Bill Luckett, 63, in a primary runoff election. DuPree had…

Vice President Biden blasts ‘repugnant’ China policies

WASHINGTON — Under fire from angry Republicans, US Vice President Joe Biden’s office has said that he firmly opposes “repugnant” Chinese population control practices like “forced abortion and sterilization.” “The Obama administration strongly opposes all aspects of China’s coercive birth limitation policies, including forced abortion and sterilization,” Biden spokeswoman Kendra…

Perry campaign continues to disavow Perry’s 9-month-old book

Rick Perry’s campaign has tried to distance itself from Perry’s 9-month-old book Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington for the second time since last week. In response to a query by The Washington Post, spokesman Mark Miner distanced Perry from his book’s proposal to repeal the 16th…

Congressman Kucinich: NATO must account for Libyan deaths

WASHINGTON — A US lawmaker fiercely opposed to NATO’s role in the Libya conflict called Tuesday for the alliance’s military chiefs to be held to account under international law for the deaths of Libyan civilians. “Otherwise we will have witnessed the triumph of a new international gangsterism,” Democratic Representative Dennis…

Rep. Frederica Wilson: The real enemy is the tea party

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, blasted the tea party movement on Monday night at a jobs fair in Miami. “Let us all remember who the real enemy is,” she said. “The real enemy is the Tea Party. The Tea Party holds the Congress hostage.…

Woman allegedly raped in Iraq sued by defense contractor KBR

Defense contractor KBR has filed a lawsuit against Jamie Leigh Jones, a former employee who sued the company in 2007 after allegedly being drugged and raped by a group of co-workers in Iraq. The lawsuit seeks more than $2 million to cover their legal fees, and accuses her of making…

East coast earthquake interrupts Strauss-Kahn press conference

The 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Virginia on Monday rocked Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s press conference, while he was announcing that sexual assault charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn would be dropped. Watch below:…

Arizona Republican mulls run for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ seat

Arizona State Senator Frank Antenori (R) officially announced Monday afternoon that he was considering to run for Gabrielle Giffords’ seat in Congress — but only if the three-term congresswoman was not running for reelection. “I really hope for the best for her,” Antenori said. “If she able to run and…

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