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China ‘deeply concerned’ over U.S. solar ruling

BEIJING — China said it was “deeply concerned” after a US trade panel ruled that Chinese companies have harmed the US solar panel industry by selling products at unfairly cheap prices. The US International Trade Commission voted unanimously on Friday that there was a “reasonable indication” that Chinese solar cell…

Texas drought leaves heartbreaking toll of abandoned horses

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The yearlong Texas drought is taking a heartbreaking toll on horses and donkeys, thousands of which have been abandoned by owners who can no longer afford the skyrocketing price of the hay needed to feed them. “We get 20 to 40 calls a week that horses…

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…

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