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SC announces Jan. 21 Republican primary

The chairman of South Carolina’s Republican Party announced Monday that the state would hold its GOP primary on January 21, leapfrogging the Florida primary and violating Republican National Committee rules. The move was a direct reaction to Florida’s announcement Friday that the state’s Republican primary would be held on January…

CIA worker linked to Pakistan deaths held in U.S. after fight

The CIA contractor released from prison in Pakistan in January after shooting dead two people and paying blood money to their families has been arrested in Colorado, ABC television reported. Raymond Davis was arrested early Saturday outside a bagel shop in the town of Highlands Ranch “after he allegedly fought…

Homelessness not just an urban problem, MN groups say

PINE CITY, Minn (Reuters) – When a man spends winter hibernating in an icehouse on a lake or sleeping on the floor at a friend’s house, it’s tough to count him as “homeless.” Such were the difficulties social service groups in a 14-county area of central Minnesota found when they…

Florida sets primary for Jan. 31, in violation of GOP rules

Florida officially announced Friday that its Republican presidential primary election would be held January 31, in violation of the Republican National Committee’s guidelines. The RNC said it would punish any states (aside from the four traditional early primary states) that held a primary before March 4. The special committee’s decision,…

Scientists doubt methane from BP oil spill is ‘nearly all gone’

WASHINGTON – Scientists on Thursday cast doubt on a study that claimed bacteria ate nearly all the methane that leaked after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, saying its methods were flawed. Describing the findings as “ambiguous” and “unconvincing,” marine scientist and lead author Samantha Joye and…

Jared Lee Loughner ruled unfit to stand trial for shooting of Rep. Giffords

LOS ANGELES – A US judge ruled Wednesday that Jared Loughner was unfit to stand trial over charges he tried to assassinate a US congresswoman and killed six other people in Arizona, US media reported. Loughner had to be removed from court in Tucson after making an outburst at a…

Gabbrielle Giffords recovering after skull operation

LOS ANGELES — US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords, who was almost killed in a horrific shooting in January, is recovering well after an operation to replace part of her skull, doctors said. The Arizona lawmaker underwent a cranioplasty to replace the part of her cranium removed to allow space for her…

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords recovering after skull operation

LOS ANGELES — US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords, who was almost killed in a horrific shooting in January, is recovering well after an operation to replace part of her skull, doctors said. The Arizona lawmaker underwent a cranioplasty to replace the part of her cranium removed to allow space for her…

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords ‘will return to Congress’

LOS ANGELES — US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords, who was almost killed in a horrific shooting in January, will eventually return to Congress, a senior Democrat who saw her last week said Thursday. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the newly-elected chair of the Democratic National Committee, said Giffords — shot in the head at…

Gallup: Tea party negative ratings at record high

Gallup polling released new survey results on Friday, showing that negative opinions of the so-called tea party movement have risen sharply in the US. Independent voters have turned away from the conservative group. The poll shows that only a core constituency of Republicans and conservatives now view the fledgling political…

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