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Petraeus steps down in Afghanistan

General David Petraeus, the most celebrated military leader of his generation, stepped down as US commander in Afghanistan on Monday after a checkered year at the helm of what is America’s longest war. At a ceremony in Kabul, Petraeus passed the baton to John Allen, a former subordinate who made…

U.S. astronauts somber as shuttle era comes to an end

The Atlantis roars back to Earth this week ending America’s vaunted space shuttle program and frustrating a generation of astronauts who see their chance to soar into the cosmos sharply limited. US astronauts bound for space will now have to hitch a ride on the Russian Soyuz rocket, at more…

Senate plan to avert U.S. debt default takes shape

A bipartisan group of US Senators tried Monday to cobble together a deficit reduction plan that would allow President Barack Obama to avert a potentially catastrophic debt default in return for $1.5 trillion in spending cuts. With two weeks to go until what Obama has termed economic “Armageddon,” the rival…

White House launches challenge to create anti-sexual assault app

The Apple iPhone slogan and refrain of smartphone users worldwide — “there’s an app for that” — will soon be true of sexual assault prevention as well. The White House, the Department of Health and Human Services and Vice President Joe Biden launched a joint challenge that is hoped to…

U.S. women’s soccer fans react to World Cup loss

The United States women’s national soccer team played Japan for the Women’s World Cup Sunday in Frankfurt, Germany. After a tied game in regulation and a tie in overtime, the game was decided by penalty kicks. Japan scored three, besting the single goal the U.S. made on the kicks and…

Cost of Boeing’s U.S. Air Force contract could overrun: report

Five months after Boeing won a massive contract to supply air refuelling tankers to the US Air Force, the US giant fears the project may run over budget, Focus magazine reported Sunday. The 4.9 billion-dollar (3.5 billion-euro) budget set for the first stage of the project, for the first four…

White House confident of averting debt default

The White House expressed confidence Sunday that a damaging debt default would be averted, but warring US lawmakers appeared no closer to a deal to rein in America’s budget deficit. President Barack Obama has urged rival Democrats and Republicans to strike a “grand bargain” to reduce the yawning deficit by…

Giuliani to GOP: ‘Get the heck out of people’s bedrooms’

Former Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani thinks his party is making a serious mistake by mounting a national effort to oppose marriage equality. “I think that marriage should be between a man and woman, but I think that the Republican Party would be well advised to get the heck out…

Rick Perry growing ‘more comfortable’ with ‘call’ to run for president

Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry is growing ever more comfortable with party members unhappy with the current field calling on him to run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. “I’m not ready to tell you that I’m ready to announce that I’m in,” Perry told The Des Moines Register. “But…

Giuliani says he has better record than current GOP presidential hopefuls

Rudy Giuliani said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union that his record as mayor of New York City was better than any other Republican presidential candidate. “I think that I’d probably have the best record in terms of having done something similar to what the country needs done right…

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