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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…

Whites more likely to be pardoned than minorities

An independent investigation has found that white criminals seeking US presidential pardons over the past decade have been nearly four times as likely to succeed as minorities, The Washington Post reported. The newspaper said Saturday the review was conducted by ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism. ProPublica’s…

Clinton speaks with Pakistani PM regarding NATO strikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday, again offering U.S. condolences over the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers in NATO air strikes last week, the State Department said in a statement. The attack sparked fury in Pakistan and complicated…

Teen detained by TSA over design on purse

A Florida teenager was detained by TSA officials because her clutch purse featured a tiny replica of an old western six-shooter pistol, according to Jacksonville’s Channel 4 News. The 17-year-old was returning from a holiday trip to Norfolk, Virginia when TSA officers held and questioned her, insisting that the inches-long,…

Hazing death will prompt reforms: Florida governor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott on Friday vowed an investigation to discover the truth about the apparent hazing death of a drum major that shocked an historically black college and its renowned marching band. Speaking to reporters, Scott said his office ordered Florida A&M University to postpone…

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