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Man dressed as Santa rescues driver from burning vehicle

DALLAS (Reuters) – A former volunteer firefighter in a Santa suit grabbed a man from a burning vehicle and then directed traffic around a two-vehicle traffic accident this week in the Dallas area, the Santa-clad man said on Wednesday. Brad Luddeke received worldwide attention after photos shot by passersby of…

U.S. probe cites mistakes in deadly Pakistan air strike: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. military investigation has found American and Afghan commandos wrongly concluded there were no Pakistani forces in a border area where an air strike killed 24 Pakistani troops last month, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The investigation, due to be presented to U.S. defense…

Bullying troops charged in death of fellow soldier

KABUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) – - The U.S. Army has charged eight soldiers deployed to Afghanistan in the death of Private Danny Chen, a 19-year-old Chinese-American who was bullied and taunted by fellow troops over his heritage. Chen was found in a guard tower in southern Afghanistan after apparently shooting himself,…

Ohio bans abortion funding in health insurance exchanges

(Reuters) – Republican Governor John Kasich on Wednesday signed into law a measure that prohibits abortion coverage under the insurance exchange Ohio must create to comply with the U.S. healthcare law championed by President Barack Obama. The law bans Ohio citizens from being able to purchase insurance through the exchange…

Sandusky case triggers jump in U.S. abuse calls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Child molestation charges against a former Penn State football coach have sparked an unprecedented awareness of sexual abuse marked by a sharp upturn in calls to abuse hotlines and lawyers, attorneys and counselors said on Wednesday. More allegations of sexual abuse and a growing number of lawsuits…

Chinese scientist gets 7 years for stealing corporate secrets

A Chinese scientist was sentenced to more than seven years in prison for stealing trade secrets of major US agribusiness firms to benefit China. Huang Kexue, 46, stole secrets on organic insecticides from Dow AgroSciences, where he worked from 2003-2008, and handed them over to research students at or linked…

Closing arguments set in Bradley Manning trial

Closing arguments are to be heard Thursday to decide whether a US soldier accused of a colossal intelligence breach should face a court-martial that could send him to prison for life. During six days of testimony, prosecutors portrayed US Army Private Bradley Manning as a skilled intelligence analyst who betrayed…

Obama presses Boehner to compromise on tax deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a bid to end a worsening standoff over extending a tax break for Americans, President Barack Obama called on Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday to pass a short-term extension and return to talks on a year-long deal in the New Year. While…

Religious watchdog condemns bill allowing church politicking

Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC) has introduced legislation to the U.S House that would allow churches to endorse political candidates without losing their tax exempt status, raising the ire of at least one watchdog group. H.R. 3600 would repeal the Johnson amendment in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code,…

White House hopeful Perry rips Obama on pipeline

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa — Texas Governor and Republican White House hopeful Rick Perry on Wednesday denounced President Barack Obama for delaying the approval of a controversial US-Canada pipeline. “This president is driven by his environmental left-leaning base that’s putting pressure on him,” Perry told roughly 100 people at a campaign…

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