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Betty Ford remembered at California memorial service

PALM DESERT, Calif (Reuters) – Former first lady Betty Ford was remembered on Tuesday for her activism and pioneering work for addicts at a memorial service in California that drew leading political lights of the past four decades. First lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President George…

President Obama honors veterans in Memorial Day speech

ARLINGTON, Virginia — President Barack Obama, in a Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery, urged Americans on Monday to honor the sacrifices of their war dead by “heeding the example they set.” “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay,” Obama said…

Obama: Joplin tornado ‘a national tragedy’

JOPLIN, Missouri (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Sunday called last week’s tornado that claimed scores of lives here “a national tragedy,” ahead of a memorial service for the dead. “This is not just your tragedy. It is a national tragedy and there will be a national response,” Obama said…

Obama to address memorial for tornado victims

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama will take part on Sunday in a ceremony to mourn the 132 people killed by a powerful tornado which tore through a Missouri town, the White House said. Obama, who will only arrive back in the United States from a European tour on…

YouTube launches channel dedicated to fallen journalists

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Monday launched a YouTube channel honoring fallen journalists and enhanced its online news pages. Google teamed with the Newseum based in Washington, DC on a Journalists Memorial channel dedicated to the works and lives of those around the world who have died while reporting news.…

‘I miss Tucson,’ says recovering Rep. Giffords

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords still struggles to piece together lengthy sentences, but one short phrase she repeats is: “I miss Tucson,” the Arizona Republic newspaper reported on Sunday. Three and a half months after she was shot in the head at a community event in Tucson, theArizona Democrat is working on…

Obama takes a victory lap — around the Lincoln Memorial

In light of last night’s narrowly avoided government shutdown, President Barack Obama is evidently feeling proud of the deal he struck. He’s showing it by taking a victory lap around D.C. According to the press pooler assigned to the president today, Obama spent about 10 minutes this afternoon at the…

Necropsy indicates Knut the polar bear had brain damage

BERLIN (AFP) – Berlin’s superstar polar bear Knut, who died suddenly over the weekend aged just four, likely fell victim to undiagnosed brain damage, his zoo said Tuesday. Berlin Zoo said in a statement that a preliminary necropsy conducted Monday revealed “significant changes to the brain, which could be seen…

Have scientists found Atlantis?

Archeologists believe they may have uncovered the remains of the lost city of Atlantis, which was allegedly destroyed by a tsunami thousands of years ago in southern Spain.…

Fox News began criticizing Tucson memorial even before it ended

President Barack Obama warned that the next news cycle after the service for the Tucson shooting victims shouldn’t drift away into “point scoring and pettiness.” But that’s exactly what happened at Fox News, even before the memorial service had ended: a reality difficult for Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart to stomach.…

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