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Israel scraps ads calling for expats to return

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has cancelled government-sponsored television advertisements calling on expatriates to return, after some American Jews complained that the message denigrated their lifestyles. The spots, aired on Israeli channels that are often viewed by emigrants, featured dramatized scenes of Jewish assimilation in gentile settings. In one, an Israeli…

George McGovern hospitalized after fall in South Dakota

(Reuters) – George McGovern, the longtime U.S. senator from South Dakota who ran as the Democratic Party candidate for president in 1972, was hospitalized on Friday in South Dakota after falling and striking his head. At the request of family members, few details were released by Avera McKennan Hospital &…

Gingrich surge sets up key Iowa battle with Romney

White House hopeful Newt Gingrich’s surge in the polls has upended the race for the Republican nomination, setting up a key showdown between him and Mitt Romney in the first caucus vote in Iowa. Gingrich has pledged to make near-daily appearances in the state ahead of the January 3 caucus,…

Alabama arrests another foreign car executive under new immigration law

When the state of Alabama arrested a German director of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Tuscaloosa for failing to carry his driver’s license, it seemed to be a fluke, an amusing but statistically unlikely outcome of that state’s harsh new immigration law. Only now it’s happened again. The Guardian reports that…

GOP aide goes on trial in Maryland for suppressing black voters

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – A former Republican governor’s aide accused of election fraud in Maryland defended himself in court on Friday against claims an automated phone message he authorized was intended to suppress black Democrat voters. Paul Schurick, 55, campaign manager for former Maryland governor Robert Ehrlich, testified that the phone…

Black Friday gun sales hit all-time high

WASHINGTON — US firearms sales reached a record 129,166 during last week’s Black Friday that kicked off the holiday shopping season, a 32 percent increase from the previous all-time high, officials said. The FBI confirmed the jump from the last peak of 97,848 weapons sold during Black Friday of 2008,…

Occupiers support local Tea Party against overdue tax claim

By Matthew Ward (Reuters) – Despite political differences with the conservative Tea Party movement, anti-Wall Street protesters in Richmond, Virginia, have come out in support of the local Tea Party group against “unfair” treatment from the city. After the city accused the Richmond Tea Party of being overdue on tax…

Kidnapper sues former hostages for breach of contract

A Colorado man is taking blaming the victim to a new level. Jesse Dimmick was convicted of kidnapping Jared and Lindsay Rowley in 2009. Today, he’s suing them for breach of contract because they did not help him hide from police. Dimmick was fleeing from murder charges in Colorado when…

Obama welcomes jobless drop, presses Congress for action

President Barack Obama on Friday welcomed news that USunemployment fell to 8.6 percent last month, as he raised the prospect of a Christmas showdown with Republicans over soon-to-expire tax cuts. “Despite some strong headwinds this year, the American economyhas now created, in the private sector, jobs for the past 21 months in a…

U.S. lawmakers urge probe of China on ‘clean energy’

A group of 59 US lawmakers urged President Barack Obama in a letter released Friday to open an investigation into China’s allegedunfair trade practices in the clean energy sector. “We cannot strengthen our energy security, or create jobs and economic growth, by replacing Middle East petroleum imports with unfairly traded clean energy technologies imported from…

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