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Gingrich surges in new Iowa presidential poll

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – A surge in support for Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich has made him the new front-runner in Iowa, which holds the first of next year’s presidential nominating contests, according to a closely watched opinion poll published on Saturday. Gingrich, a former speaker of the…

Ex-Colorado sheriff hit with more charges in drug case

DENVER (Reuters) – A former Colorado sheriff accused of trading methamphetamine for sex was charged on Friday with additional counts of soliciting a prostitute and attempting to influence a public official, court documents showed. Retired Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan, a onetime national “sheriff of the year,” was arrested earlier…

Judge rules Seattle college can evict Occupy protesters

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A judge rejected on Friday a bid by anti-Wall Street activists to block their eviction from a Seattle community college, clearing the way for the city to remove them as early as next week. Officials at Seattle Central Community College said they would start posting no-camping notices…

Penn State’s Paterno never raised charges with Sandusky: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ousted Penn State football coach Joe Paterno never confronted former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky with accusations that Sandusky had molested young boys, even though Paterno had reportedly been told of the incidents, the New York Times said on Saturday. In an interview with the Times, Sandusky…

McGovern in stable condition after South Dakota fall

(Reuters) – George McGovern, the former U.S. senator from South Dakota and Democratic presidential candidate, was stable, alert and resting comfortably on Saturday in a South Dakota hospital after hitting his head in a fall, the hospital said. McGovern, 89, who ran as the Democratic Party candidate for president in…

First significant snow of winter to hit central U.S.

AUSTIN, Tex (Reuters) – Up to 12 inches of snow was expected to fall in parts of Colorado and New Mexico on Saturday as a storm system moved through the central U.S., bringing what forecasters said would be the first significant snow of the season to the region. From New…

Mitt Romney demands firing of AG Eric Holder

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney flexed his campaign’s organizational muscle in the key early voting state of New Hampshire on Saturday, unleashing hundreds of volunteers to knock on doors and make phone calls on his behalf. The former Massachusetts governor also criticized the attorney general,…

Another body possibly linked to Craigslist ad identified

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A body which may be connected to a phony Craigslist job listing that investigators suspect is behind a deadly crime spree in Ohio was identified on Saturday as 56-year old Ralph H. Geiger. The body of Geiger, whose last known address was Akron, Ohio, was the third…

High winds leave thousands without power in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – High winds returned to the Los Angeles area early on Saturday as over 100,000 homes and businesses lost power, due to fallen trees and other damage from an ongoing windstorm. Southern California Edison said that at mid-afternoon it still had 73,600 customers affected by the outages,…

Sandusky confirms gifts to boys

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, charged with sexual abuse involving eight boys over 15 years, says his superiors did not confront him with the alleged misconduct. In his most extensive interview since the scandal surfaced, Sandusky told The New York Times he gave money and gifts to…

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