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Economic slump curbs Americans’ summer travel

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Hit by the country’s economic slow-down, a majority of Americans do not plan to travel this summer, and most of those who will won’t be going far from home, according to a new poll. Over a third, or 34 percent, of people surveyed in a…

Obama touts ‘meaningful’ change in American life

HONOLULU, Hawaii — US President Barack Obama told supporters as he began his Christmas vacation in Hawaii Thursday that they had helped him forge “real and meaningful” change in the lives of Americans. Obama, who left Washington for his native state late Wednesday, directed supporters to a website, offering a…

Obama’s top counterterror official kept skiing after Christmas bomb attempt

UPDATE: The White House is strongly disputing claims that the head of the National Counterterrorism Center stayed on the ski slopes for “several days” after the attempted Christmas Day bombing. Contrary to a report at the New York Daily News Thursday, counter-terror chief Michael Leiter “was — throughout the events…

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