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Tornadoes wreak havoc, kill 44 in southern US

RALEIGH, North Carolina – The worst tornadoes to strike the United States in almost three decades have left at least 44 people dead and hundreds injured across six states, emergency officials said Sunday. The spring storms first hit Oklahoma on Thursday and left a trail of destruction as they whipped…

Palin, Breitbart booed at tea party event

Not everyone at Saturday’s tea party gathering in Madison, Wisconsin were fans of Andrew Breitbart and Sarah Palin. The two popular conservatives had to talk over the boos of about 3,000 pro-labor supporters at the Capitol. “Shame, shame, shame!” the crowd chanted, according to The Progressive. “Tax, tax, tax the…

Nebraska bishop: No communion for Planned Parenthood supporters

Support for the reproductive health care provider Planned Parenthood continues to be a contentious issue for Catholic groups and bishops. According to Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska, Catholic lawmakers who support Planned Parenthood should be denied Communion “because they’ve defected from the Church’s faith.” “It advocates contraception,” Bruskewitz told…

Trump: ‘When you have a war and you win, that nation is yours’

Donald Trump said Sunday that as president, he would not have acted to protect civilians in Libya until they agreed to write a big check the U.S. “Why aren’t they paying us?” Trump asked CNN’s Candy Crowley. “When they said that you should have said, we’ll go in. We want…

Texas Rep. Ron Paul wins another presidential straw poll

Republican Congressman Ron Paul won the latest straw poll to gauge popularity ahead of the 2012 presidential race in a key South Carolina county. The libertarian-leaning Texas congressman won the Lexington county Republican Party presidential straw poll on Saturday, with 16 percent of the 139 ballots cast. Former Massachusetts governor…

Trump: Obama is worst president but it’s Bush’s fault

Barack Obama is a horrible president and it’s all the fault of George W. Bush, according Donald Trump. On Friday, the billionaire called what CNN described as a “hastily arranged news conference moments before a posh, poolside party… and hours before he was to speak at a Tea Party rally.”…

Tea Party faithful rally against taxes

WASHINGTON — As spending debates rage in Washington, thousands of conservative Tea Party loyalists rallied nationwide Saturday against taxes and big government, fired up for a 2012 US election battle. Several dozen Tea Party movement rallies kicked off, including in Madison, Wisconsin, where 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin…

Republicans gamble on long-term spending cuts

WASHINGTON — Republicans have gambled on a risky course to deny President Barack Obama reelection in 2012: deep long-term spending cuts that could cost them critical support from elderly voters. Republicans owed their November 2010 rout of Democrats in large part to Americans over 65, who went for the party…

Mystery illnesses plague Louisiana oil spill crews

RACELAND, Louisiana — Jamie Simon worked on a barge in the oily waters for six months following the BP spill last year, cooking for the cleanup workers, washing their clothes and tidying up after them. One year later, the 32-year-old said she still suffers from a range of debilitating health…

Fifth air controller caught sleeping, US schedules to change

WASHINGTON – THE US Federal Aviation Administration announced on Saturday it is overhauling work rotations of air traffic controllers after yet another controller fell asleep on a midnight shift. The FAA said it will prohibit ‘scheduling practices that have been identified as those most likely to result in air traffic…

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