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Bachmann: After I win, I’ll help Obama find a job

At what CNN describes as an “enthusiastic but sparsely populated Tea Party rally” on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann declared that “as president of the United States, I look forward to creating real jobs” for President Obama and Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner. She…

Searchers find bodies likely of missing Colorado hikers

DENVER (Reuters) – Rescue crews recovered two bodies from a mountainside in the San Isabel National Forest on Saturday believed to be of a missing Colorado physician and his 20-year-old daughter. The bodies were located in steep terrain at an elevation of 12,000 feet on the northeast side of Missouri…

Los Alamos lab prepares to reopen as fire threat eases

SANTA FE, N.M (Reuters) – The Los Alamos nuclear weapons laboratory has ended a state of emergency and was taking small steps on Saturday toward reopening as the threat from a record New Mexico wildfire subsided. But highlighting the need for continued vigilance, a squirrel sparked a small blaze on…

Citizen commission accused of ‘diluting’ California hispanic vote

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When Stanley Forbes is not helping to redraw California’s electoral map, he is growing almonds at his ranch or running his independent book store. Forbes, 64, is one of 14 state residents named to a newly formed state commission tasked with striking a blow against political…

Filipinos fight for US citizenship in Afghanistan

Darby Ortego, 25, endures gunfire and mine attacks fighting for the United States army in Afghanistan, but this July 4 will be his first as a citizen of the country he serves. Ortego, who battles insurgents in the violent eastern province of Khost with Bravo Company, 1-26 Infantry, recently attended…

Oil spills into Yellowstone River after Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptures

An Exxon Mobil pipeline that runs under the Yellowstone River in Montana ruptured Friday night and leaked for about a half-hour. The New York Times reported that the over 120 residents in the town of Laurel, downstream from the rupture, had to be evacuated because officials feared a possible explosion.…

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signs same sex civil union legislation

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed legislation into law Saturday that grants same sex couples all of the rights afforded to married couples, but without the historical and religious meaning associated with the word marriage. Chafee signed the bill despite expressing his concern that it treats the relationships of same…

Fighter jet intercepts plane near Obama

WASHINGTON — An F-15E fighter jet rushed out Saturday to intercept a small passenger plane flying near the presidential retreat of Camp David, where President Barack Obama is relaxing, US military officials said. The fighter jet intercepted the plane around 1:20 pm (1720 GMT) as it flew into restricted airspace,…

ACLU: Just say no to the war on drugs

The American Civil Liberties Union released a video Friday featuring comedian Elon James White that urges Americans to support ending the “failed” war on drugs. In the video, White notes that the creators of the critically-acclaimed TV series The Wire would release another season of the show if U.S. Attorney…

U.S. State Department asks for $6.2 billion budget for Iraq

BAGHDAD — The US ambassador in Baghdad said on Saturday that the State Department has asked for a $6.2 billion budget for Iraq in 2012, underscoring that its oil and gas reserves were critical for the world’s future energy needs. “This country is on a glide path to increase its…

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