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Clinton urges strong Europe action on debt crisis

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday called on European leaders to make a powerful response to economic crises rippling across Europe. During a visit to Madrid she also praised reforms by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to revive the economy and rein in debt aimed at…

Shriver to terminate marriage with Schwarzenegger

Maria Shriver, the wife of actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, has filed for divorce, according to documents filed in Superior Court in Los Angeles. Shriver, 55, cited “irreconcilable differences” with her husband, whom she met in 1977 and married in 1986. Schwarzenegger, 63, admitted in May that he…

Clinton urges Gaddafi to deliver democracy not threats

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanded on Saturday that Moamer Kadhafi deliver democracy instead of threats, after the Libyan leader warned Europe of stinging attacks unless NATO halts its air war. “Instead of issuing threats, Kadhafi should put the well-being and interests of his own people first and he…

Strauss-Kahn spends first full day free of house arrest

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn spent his first full day free from house arrest on Saturday after prosecutors cast doubt about the credibility of a maid accusing him of sexual assault. Among other discoveries about the maid, a law enforcement official told The New York Times, were issues involving her…

Judge blocks Kansas anti-abortion law

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan (Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday blocked a Kansas law that forced two clinics in the state to stop providing abortions because they could not comply with 36 pages of new regulations. Judge Carlos Murguia granted a request from the two clinics for…

Federal court strikes down Michigan ban on affirmative action

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a Michigan law that banned affirmative action in college admissions, creating the possibility of a U.S. Supreme Court battle. The 6th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, found that a 2006 amendment to the…

Dead body went unnoticed in public swimming pool for days

NEW YORK — Massachusetts officials have closed a busy public swimming pool after a woman’s dead body went unnoticed in the water for two days as people continued to swim, the Boston Globe reported Friday. The permit for the state-run swimming pool expired six months ago, and a city inspector…

U.S. automakers regain majority of domestic sales in wake of Japan quake

By Mira Oberman CHICAGO — The Detroit Three carmakers captured more than half the sales in the US market for the first time since September 2008 amid supply shortages caused by the Japanese quake, industry data showed Friday. Toyota and Honda have been hardest hit by the March 11 disaster…

Court strikes Michigan ban on use of race in college admissions

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a Michigan law that banned affirmative action in college admissions, creating the possibility of a Supreme Court battle. The 6th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, found that Proposal 2, a 2006 amendment to the Michigan constitution,…

Ohio legalizes firearms in bars, night clubs, sports venues

Ohio Republicans succeeded Thursday in legalizing the carrying of guns in places where liquor is sold, such as bars, night clubs, shopping malls, sports venues and restaurants. The bill was passed earlier in the month. The new law will permit individual establishments to ban firearms if they wish. It also…

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