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Six killed in Nevada train-truck crash

LOS ANGELES — At least six people were killed when a big rig truck hauling gravel slammed into the side of a California-bound passenger train in the high desert of Nevada, officials said late on Saturday. Those killed included the truck driver and a train crew member, officials with the…

Fox News host asks Bachmann if she’s a ‘flake’

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said Sunday that it was “insulting” for a Fox News host to ask if she was a “flake.” “I am very serious about what I want to do,” Bachmann told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “People recognize that I’m serious.” “You say that people saw…

Gingrich defends campaign strategy; criticizes gay marriage

INDIANOLA, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich on Saturday said the adoption of same-sex marriage in New York showed the nation is “drifting toward a terrible muddle.” Saying he thinks marriage is between a man and a woman, he told reporters that he “would like to find ways…

Nuclear agency head to visit flooded Nebraska reactors

FORT CALHOUN, Neb (Reuters) – The chair of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission will arrive in Nebraska Sunday to monitor preparations against Missouri River flooding at two Nebraska nuclear power plants, officials said Friday. NRC Chair Gregory Jaczko will visit the Cooper Nuclear Station south of Omaha Sunday and the…

Native Americans frown on proposed tobacco taxes

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. municipal bonds backed by payments from cigarette makers on Friday extended a rally sparked by hopes that Big Tobacco and state governments were closer to dividing up nearly $6.5 billion of escrowed funds. But the draft was bashed by a Native-American tribe which says it…

Six indicted in Oregon bust of record marijuana farm

PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – Six men were indicted on federal drug charges on Friday in connection with more than 90,000 marijuana plants stumbled on by bear hunters in a remote patch of forest that local authorities described as the largest cannabis farm ever found in Oregon. The mile-long stretch of…

Death toll rises to six in Amtrak collision

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – At least six people were killed when a tractor-trailer rig barreled through railroad gates and into an Amtrak train early Friday in Nevada, authorities said on Saturday. The Churchill County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the six fatalities in a written statement released late on Saturday night. Authorities…

Bachmann’s White House bid under Tea Party banner

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann plans to launch her Republican presidential bid late on Sunday with a tour of key primary states Iowa, New Hampshire and North Carolina. The Minnesota representative is returning to her roots to kick off her campaign in her native city of Waterloo,…

US envoy bound for Afghanistan ahead of drawdown

The US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan was headed for Kabul for regional talks in the wake of President Barack Obama’s announcement of a US drawdown from the country. Ambassador Marc Grossman, who left for Kabul on Friday, will highlight US commitment to a “long-term, enduring partnership” with Afghanistan,…

Stimulus efforts curbed by deficit: Geithner

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The massive US budget deficit means the United States will be unable to use deficit spending to stimulate the economy for many years to come, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Friday. “It’s not going to be possible in the next decade. We’ve lost the chance,” Geithner told…

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