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Speaker Boehner skips Tucson memorial for RNC cocktail party

The new speaker of the House skipped a nationally televised memorial in Arizona honoring victims of Saturday’s shootings, opting instead to host a cocktail party Wednesday night. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) declined an offer to ride to Tucson on Air Force One with President Barack Obama and other lawmakers, Politico…

Vets stand guard over Christian flag in NC town

Veterans stand guard around Christian flag in NC town after it was removed from war memorial The Christian flag is everywhere in the small city of King: flying in front of barbecue joints and hair salons, stuck to the bumpers of trucks, hanging in windows and emblazoned on T-shirts. The…

Byrd family blasts GOP candidate for using funeral photo in attack ad

The family of the late Robert C. Byrd blasted the GOP nominee for his U.S. Senate seat Sunday after he used an image from Byrd’s memorial service in a TV ad attacking the Democratic nominee. The ad by Republican John Raese’s campaign seeks to link President Barack Obama to Gov.…

Celebrating and commemorating, New Orleans remembers Katrina

New Orleans residents Sunday marked five years since Hurricane Katrina and the devastating floods that followed with a memorial service in the Lower Ninth Ward, where the storm hit hardest. “We lost 1,800 people in the worst manmade disaster ever to hit this country,” said New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu,…

Marine helicopter mishap injures 10 during Memorial Day demo

Eyewitness report: ‘Chaos’ at Staten Island air show Onlookers in a crowd were injured by flying debris as an Osprey tried to land at a Memorial Day celebration on Staten Island Monday. “A total of 10 people suffered minor injuries,” NY1 reported. Photos credited to Mark Harris at SILive.com, which…

Obama’s call for Memorial Day: ‘Honor’ the troops ‘with deeds’

President Barack Obama paid tribute Saturday to US war veterans, saying the nation must honor their sacrifice not just with words, but with deeds. The president’s radio address was aired in advance of the commemoration on Monday of Memorial Day, a national holiday set aside to honor those who fought…

US urges ‘vigilance against hateful ideologies’ on Oklahoma bombing anniversary

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (AFP) – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urged “vigilance” against violent extremists Monday as the United States marked the 15th anniversary of its deadliest domestic terror attack. The April 19, 1995, truck bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in downtown Oklahoma City by members of…

Poland holds huge memorial as Obama cancels

WARSAW (AFP) – – More than 100,000 people gathered Saturday to honour Poland’s president and 95 other victims of an air crash, as world leaders cancelled plans to attend his funeral because of a volcanic ash cloud. US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other foreign dignitaries said…

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