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US envoy bound for Afghanistan ahead of drawdown

The US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan was headed for Kabul for regional talks in the wake of President Barack Obama’s announcement of a US drawdown from the country. Ambassador Marc Grossman, who left for Kabul on Friday, will highlight US commitment to a “long-term, enduring partnership” with Afghanistan,…

Stimulus efforts curbed by deficit: Geithner

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The massive US budget deficit means the United States will be unable to use deficit spending to stimulate the economy for many years to come, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Friday. “It’s not going to be possible in the next decade. We’ve lost the chance,” Geithner told…

US denounces ‘irresponsible’ plans to break Israel blockade

The United States warned Friday that a pro-Palestinian aid flotilla would be taking “irresponsible and provocative actions” if it carries out plans to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza. The flotilla seeks to mark the anniversary last month of an Israeli commando raid that killed nine Turkish activists aboard a…

FBI looking to restock its ’10 Most Wanted’ list

With the death of the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden, and the arrest of Boston crime figure James “Whitey” Bulger on Wednesday, the FBI’s “10 Most Wanted” list has a couple of vacancies. And it’s not immediately clear who will fill the gap. An FBI spokesman said the…

Republicans Romney and Bachmann lead Iowa poll

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican front-runner Mitt Romney and U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann led a closely watched presidential poll of Iowa Republicans, the state that holds the first contest in the nomination battle. The Iowa caucuses, often held on a frigid winter night that can limit turnout to those…

Teapartier told to reimburse Alaska for election challenge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Failed Senate candidate Joe Miller must reimburse Alaska more than $17,000 in legal fees and costs incurred during his fight to overturn Lisa Murkowski’s write-in victory, a state judge ruled on Friday. Miller, a Tea Party favorite, beat the more moderate Murkowski in the Republican primary.…

Death toll expected to rise in Amtrak collision

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal transportation safety investigators on Saturday were investigating the Nevada crash between a tractor-trailer rig and an Amtrak train, where authorities believe more bodies may be found in the wreckage. At least two people were confirmed killed and dozens injured in the Friday morning collision at…

Two bombs found at Denver area shopping mall, FBI says

DENVER (Reuters) – Two bombs were found inside a Borders Bookstore in a suburban Denver shopping mall overnight, the FBI said on Saturday. Police were summoned to the Colorado Mills Mall in Lakewood early on Saturday after a store alarm sounded, the FBI said in a news release. Police discovered…

Food Not Bombs members arrested for serving food without a permit

Members of the charitable group Food Not Bombs have been arrested in Orlando, Florida for serving food without a permit, DemocracyNow reported. A city law states that a permit must be obtained to serve food to 25 or more people in a park, and limits groups to two permits per…

Wal-Mart plaintiffs seek more time to pursue cases

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Attorneys representing women who unsuccessfully sued Wal-Mart Stores Inc for gender discrimination filed a motion on Friday asking a U.S. District Court to freeze the statute of limitations for their complaints against the retailer. The U.S. Supreme Court threw out their massive class action suit on June…

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