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Bachmann won’t get into ‘mud-wrestling fight’ with Palin

CHARLESTON, South Carolina — US Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Wednesday she has no plans to stoop to a “mud-wrestling fight” between her and fellow arch-conservative Sarah Palin. Bachmann, on the campaign trail in the state of South Carolina two days after officially launching her 2012 White House run,…

F-16s escorted flight to Dulles after on-board fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fighter jets escorted a United Airlines plane back to Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., after a fight broke out between a pair of passengers on the flight bound for Ghana, officials said on Tuesday. Police met the two passengers at the gate when Flight 990 landed…

Air France jet crashed nose-up after four-minute fight to stay aloft

PARIS (Reuters) – Pilots wrestled with the controls of an Air France airliner for more than four minutes before it plunged into the Atlantic with its nose up, killing all 228 people on board, French investigators said on Friday. The 2009 emergency began with a stall warning two and a…

White House eyes Warren associates for consumer job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is zeroing in on close associates of law professor Elizabeth Warren, an outspoken critic of Wall Street, to head the new U.S.consumer financial agency, a source with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters. Warren has long been considered a front-runner to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which will…

GOP senator proposes giving missiles to Libyan rebels

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) thinks it’s time to take the fight in Libya to the next level. The senior senator from South Carolina said Sunday that the U.S. should directly target embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi with airstrikes. He also suggested that the opposition forces should be given U.S.-built Tube-launched,…

Former governor Pawlenty eyes 2012 Obama fight

WASHINGTON – Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, announced Monday he was formally exploring a 2012 challenge to President Barack Obama. “We have a great country, but we’re headed in the wrong direction. We need a real debate with President Obama, so the American people can decide how to…

Heavy machinegun fire rocks Libyan capital Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi launched counter-strikes on Sunday to try to take back strategic towns from rebel forces, while intense automatic gunfire reverberated around the capital. The resilience of Gaddafi’s forces in the face of the widespread insurrection and their ability to counter-attack will increase…

US, Mexico leaders debate drugs, trucking dispute

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama and his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon Thursday vowed to step up the fight against Mexico’s violent drug cartels, and resolved a decades-old trucking dispute. It was the fifth meeting in two years between the two men, and Obama stressed the “strong bonds” between the…

Commander: US can’t seal Afghan-Pakistan border

US commander: Troops defend towns, fight Taliban on Afghan soil, but border can’t be sealed American troops are focusing on fighting Taliban militants and defending vulnerable towns on Afghan soil, as it has become practically impossible to stop insurgents from slipping across Afghanistan’s vast border with Pakistan, a senior U.S.…

Craigslist pulls all adult services ads: state official

WASHINGTON – Online classifieds website Craigslist has shut down its “adult services” sections worldwide, nearly four months after removing the listings in the United States, a US state attorney general said. Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal said legal representatives for Craigslist had confirmed to his office that erotic and adult…

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