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U.S. confirms one case of E. coli in traveler to Germany

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Tuesday confirmed one of four suspected cases of E. coli illness in Americans who recently traveled to Germany, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. “In the United States, one confirmed and three suspected cases of STEC O104:H4 infections have been identified…

Former Dem Senator Evan Bayh goes to work for the Chamber of Commerce

WASHINGTON – Former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana has signed with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as an adviser, becoming the latest of many members of Congress to embrace lobbying after retiring. “I’m pleased to report that the Chamber has recently enlisted former White House Chief of Staff Andy…

ACLU objects to school’s plan to test every student for alcohol at prom

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington said a high school’s plan to test everyone at this year’s prom for alcohol sounded like a “blanket search,” which courts have ruled against. The Seattle Times reported that every student at Lake Washington High School’s June 4 senior prom would be tested for…

Washington Post launches news aggregation site

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post Co. launched a news aggregation website on Wednesday called “Trove” that allow readers to customize the news around their interests. “Trove creates a customized news experience that factors in a reader’s likes and dislikes, combining state-of-the-art technology with expertise from the newsroom,” the Post Co.…

Report: Jim DeMint not running for president in 2012

WASHINGTON – Tea party hero and Republican Sen. Jim DeMint (SC) has privately ruled out a presidential run in 2012, according to the Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza. Though he was never a top contender, DeMint carries significant weight with the tea party movement, which is expected to play an important…

Missing NY Times journalists found, will be released by Libya

WASHINGTON — Four New York Times journalists missing in Libya since Tuesday were captured by government forces and will be released on Friday, the newspaper said. “Missing NYT reporters found and to be released on Friday,” Times spokesman Robert Christie said in a message on his Twitter feed. The New…

Obama offers support to quake-hit Japan

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Friday offered his “condolences” to the people of Japan and said his country stood ready to help them after a massive earthquake and tsunami. “(First Lady) Michelle (Obama) and I send our deepest condolences to the people of Japan, particularly those who have…

Democratic Senator Kent Conrad to retire

Sen. Kent Conrad, a Democrat from North Dakota, will announce his retirement today, according to two major media outlets. The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza first reported the news Tuesday morning based on knowledge from “two informed Democratic sources,” and Conrad soon confirmed it in an e-mail to the Associated Press.…

Blackwater’s Prince targets Dems for defeat

Potential Blackwater buyer has questionable track record in Iraq The owner of Xe Services, the company formerly known as Blackwater, is writing a book that will allege officials in the Clinton and Obama administrations “approved of his most sensitive and controversial operations,” says a report in the Washington Post. The…

Washington Post sportswriter suspended for Twitter hoax

A Twitter experiment that went awry has landed a sportswriter for The Washington Post with a one-month suspension. Mike Wise, a respected Post columnist, was suspended by the newspaper on Tuesday, a day after he posted a fake report on his Twitter account. “Roethlisberger will get five games, I’m told,”…

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