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French foreign minister to resign on Sunday: minister

PARIS (AFP) – Beleaguered French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie will on Sunday tender her resignation after returning from an official visit to Kuwait, a minister told AFP on condition of anonymity. Alliot-Marie has become embroiled in a series of scandals over her controversial links to Tunisia, where she took a…

Obamas volunteer at school to celebrate King holiday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama volunteered at a local school on Monday to mark the Martin Luther King Day holiday, testing his talents as a painter while emphasizing the importance of community service in America. Obama, who was joined by his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, helped out…

US homeland security chief visits Afghanistan

US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano arrived in Afghanistan for talks with Afghan officials and to spend the New Year’s holiday with American troops, her office said. A statement issued from Washington said Napolitano arrived early Friday in Kabul with US customs and border security officials to help provide civilian…

US online sales surge 13 percent for holiday period

NEW YORK — Americans clicked up a record 30.8 billion dollars in online holiday sales in 2010, a jump of 13 percent from a year ago, a survey showed. The research firm comScore said holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the 56 days of the November-December holiday period had been…

On Hawaii vacation, Obama reads up on Reagan

HONOLULU — US President Barack Obama is using his Christmas holiday in Hawaii to read up on former president Ronald Reagan, an icon for the resurgent Republicans he will face next year. The president “is reading a biography right now on Ronald Reagan by Lou Cannon,” White House spokesman Robert…

ACLU placed on Tennessee terror map for letter to schools

The ACLU of Tennessee says it ended up on a map of potential terrorist threats after it sent a letter to school superintendents asking them to be “inclusive” in their holiday celebrations. The civil rights group says it found itself on the Tennessee Fusion Center’s map identified under the category…

Obama’s Thanksgiving message: ‘We’ve got to look out for one another’

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said that the United States was “hurting” Thursday as he used a Thanksgiving address to call for support for US troops and cooperation from his rivals in a divided Washington. “This is not the hardest Thanksgiving America has ever faced. But as long as many…

Feeling lonely? Saturday Night Live spoofs TSA pat-downs

“Feeling lonely this holiday season?” begins a breathless female announcer in a mock Saturday Night Live ad for the Transportation Security Administration. “Looking for a little human interaction?” intones another. “Do you want to feel contact in special places?” asks a third woman. “Then why not go through security in…

Economist: TSA screenings will kill Americans on highways

The TSA’s intrusive new screenings will result in more deaths on highways, says an economist with St. Lawrence University in New York state. Steven Horwitz says the TSA’s options of a full body scan or an intimate pat-down will prompt more people to drive this holiday season. That will mean…

American marijuana consumers participate in 4/20 events nation-wide

Forget Hippie Hill. For thoroughly modern marijuana smokers in the San Francisco Bay area, the hip place to celebrate their movement’s high holiday this year was the inside of a stretch Hummer parked outside a pot gardening superstore. Marijuana legalization advocates across the country are expected to light up during…

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