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Fifth death reported in Indiana stage collapse

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – A fifth person has died from the collapse of an outdoor concert stage in heavy wind just before a weekend show at the Indiana State Fair, which was shut down on Sunday, authorities said. More than 40 people were injured in the collapse on Saturday night, Indiana…

U.S. ambassador: China need not fret over dollar assets

BEIJING (Reuters) – China should rest easy that its investments in the dollar remain safe, the newly arrived U.S. ambassador in Beijing, Gary Locke, said on Sunday, adding that the world’s two biggest economies could find common ground despite economic and political strains. In his previous job as U.S. commerce…

Obama embarks on campaign-style Midwest bus tour

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama hits the road on Monday for a Midwestern bus tour that he hopes will leave doubts over his leadership behind in Washington. But the three-day trip throughIowa, Minnesota and Illinois – three states seen as vital to his 2012 re-election campaign — could put him in front of voters who,…

Pawlenty drops out of the presidential race

WASHINGTON — Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty announced on Sunday he is dropping out of the Republican presidential contest, after a distant third place finish in a key test vote. Pawlenty made the announcement after finishing with 2,293 votes Saturday in Iowa’s Ames Straw Poll — seen as a key…

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Pawlenty drops out of presidential race

Only 12 hours after a disappointing showing in the Iowa Straw Poll, Tim Pawlenty is dropping his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. “There is a lot factors that go into a successful campaign, obviously,” Pawlenty told ABC News Sunday. “We had some success raising money, but we needed to…

Michele Bachmann wins Ames straw poll

AMES, Iowa (Reuters) – Michele Bachmann narrowly won the Iowa straw poll of Republicans on Saturday in the first big test of the 2012 presidential campaign, as Texas Governor Rick Perry formally launched a White House bid that could reshape the race. Bachmann, a representative from Minnesota, edged out Ron…

Missouri teacher/student ‘Facebook’ law draws ire

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – As the school year resumes next week, Missouri teachers will have to think twice about making private contact with students on Internet sites such as Facebook. The state’s school districts are under orders to draft policies to comply with a new law restricting such communications in…

Missouri law limiting teacher-student online contact draws ire

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – As the school year resumes next week, Missouri teachers will have to think twice about making private contact with students on Internet sites such as Facebook. The state’s school districts are under orders to draft policies to comply with a new law restricting such communications in an effort…

Chris Matthews on Perry: ‘He looks like a clown’

One clear prediction most could make already on Rick Perry’s Presidential bid: Chris Matthews won’t be apart of any of the Texas governor’s campaign rallies. A day before Perry officially announced his bid for the Republican nomination of President, the MSNBC host slammed Perry on his Hardball show, challenging the…

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