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Japanese-American who fought WWII internment camps dies

OTTAWA — Gordon Hirabayashi, who fought the United States’ internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, has died in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 93, said local media. “My dad… passed away early this morning (Monday),” his son, Jay Hirabayashi, said on Facebook. “He was an American hero ……

Detroit automakers rack up strong 2011 gains

CHICAGO — The Detroit Three automakers posted solid December US sales Wednesday, driving a strong 2011 performance and expectations for even better results this year as the industry slowly climbs out of a deep downturn. “It’s now clear that auto sales should continue to grow in 2012 barring a shock…

McCain backs Romney to take on Obama

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Republican Senator John McCain, who lost the White House race to President Barack Obama in 2008, endorsed Mitt Romney on Wednesday to take on the embattled incumbent in November. “I’m really here for one reason and one reason only, and that is to make sure that…

High-profile Scientologist blasts church leader for hoarding money

A former high ranking executive in the Church of Scientology has made waves after an email sent to 12,000 fellow Scientologists on New Year’s Day was leaked to the press. In the email, Debbie Cook described herself as “dedicated to the technology of Dianetics and Scientology” but blasted the church’s…

Teen mom kills intruder after 911 tells her to ‘do what you have to’

An 18-year-old Oklahoma mother shot and killed an intruder on New Year’s Eve after a 911 dispatcher told her to “do what you have to do to protect your baby.” Sarah McKinley told ABC News that she was home alone with her 3-month-old baby when two men tried to break…

Judge rules black church is landlord of KKK store

A store in South Carolina that sells Ku Klux Klan paraphernalia isn’t backing down after the pastor of an African American church that owns the building promised the business would “come to an end.” The Associated Press reported Tuesday that a judge found the New Beginnings Baptist Church to be…

Obama to make recess appointment for consumer bureau

President Barack Obama is expected to make a recess appointment Wednesday, announcing that former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray will be named director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cordray was among those boarding Air Force One to Ohio for Obama’s speech in the afternoon. According to prepared remarks obtained…

Washington governor to support same-sex marriage law: source

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire will announce her support on Wednesday for legislation that would legalize gay marriage in the state, a source who has been informed of her decision told Reuters on Tuesday. The expected announcement will come just days before the Washington state legislature was…

Romney holds New Hampshire edge, Gingrich slips: poll

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney held a strong lead ahead of next week’s race in New Hampshire, while Rick Santorum, who came out of the Iowa’s contest nipping at his heels, was gaining ground, according to a survey released on Wednesday. But Romney’s closest rivals…

Bachmann quits GOP presidential race

Update: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) announced on Wednesday morning that she would suspend her presidential campaign. More soon… Following her poor finish in the Iowa caucuses, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on Wednesday canceled a campaign event in South Carolina and scheduled a press conference instead. Campaign manager Keith Nahigian refused…

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