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New York expected to vote on same sex marriage bill

NEW YORK — The New York senate prepared to vote on a gay marriage law Thursday, after amending the state assembly-approved bill at the request of Republican officials, said a legislative source. If the vote takes place, it will happen at about the the same time that President Barack Obama…

Panetta to formally end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy

WASHINGTON — A formal end to the ban on gays serving openly in the US military will likely come by late July or early August, outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates told AFP on Thursday. Gates, revising his earlier forecasts, said in an interview that final approval to end the prohibition…

Congress to vote on curbing Libya operations

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives will vote Friday on a resolution aimed at limiting the US military role in Libya without undermining NATO there, Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. “This is primarily a fight between the Congress and the president over his unwillingness to consult with…

Woman arrested for videotaping traffic stop from her front yard

UPDATE: Charges dismissed against woman arrested while videotaping traffic stop A 28-year-old woman has been charged with obstructing governmental administration after refusing a police officer’s order to leave her front yard while she was videotaping a traffic stop. WHEC-TV reported that Emily Good of Rochester, New York filmed the police…

Watch live: Obama speaks to troops about Afghanistan

President Barack Obama will speak to troops at Fort Drum in New York state Thursday afternoon. The president is expected to reiterate his commitment to the Afghanistan war following the announcement Wednesday that the U.S. would withdraw 10,000 troops by the end of 2011. Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division is…

Marine reservist charged in U.S. military shootings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Thursday charged a Marine Corps reservist with shooting at four military buildings around Washington, including the Pentagon, and also said he appeared to be trying to build a bomb. Yonathan Melaku, 22, was charged with four counts including firing on the Pentagon and the…

U.S. ready to release more oil from reserves

WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday it would release more oil from its reserves if necessary, after leading a global drawdown of 60 million barrels due to supply disruptions in the Middle East. “The US stands ready to do more as is necessary to address this issue,” a senior…

Romney ad quotes Obama’s ‘one-term proposition’ if economy falters

WASHINGTON – A devastating new ad from 2012 Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney quotes President Barack Obama’s early promise that he “will be held accountable” for the economy and face a “one-term proposition” if it fails to improve. Amidst an ominous backdrop of dire economic news including rising foreclosures and misery…

GOP leader Cantor pulls out of debt limit talks

WASHINGTON – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) abruptly pulled out of debt limit negotiations Thursday, citing an impasse on taxes, with the deadline to raise the ceiling or begin defaulting just six weeks away. “I believe that we have identified trillions in spending cuts,” Cantor said in a statement,…

Supreme Court strikes down state drug data mining law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court struck down on Thursday a state law that prohibits the use of prescription drug records for marketing, in a case pitting free-speech rights against medical privacy concerns. The high court handed a victory to data mining companies IMS Health, Verispan and Source Healthcare Analytics,…

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