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Republican US senator not seeking re-election
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A three-term moderate Republican senator from the northeastern state of Maine announced Tuesday that she will not run for re-election, giving Democrats an unexpected shot at gaining a crucial open seat in the November elections. Sen. Olympia Snowe's announcement that she
New York official's campaign treasurer arrested
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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's comptroller, who had been widely viewed as a potential successor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said Tuesday he will reassess whether to run for office in 2013 following the arrest of his campaign treasurer on fraud charges. John Liu has said he was "stunned" by
China says at least 12 killed in Xinjiang riot
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BEIJING (AP) — Clashes left a dozen people dead in a region of northwestern China that sees periodic violence between Muslim Uighurs and majority Han Chinese, with the latest unrest flaring at a sensitive time just ahead of the national legislature. The bloodshed late Tuesday in the Xinjiang
Romney wins primary races in Michigan, Arizona
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NOVI, Michigan (AP) — Mitt Romney scored a hard-fought primary triumph in his native state of Michigan and won in Arizona on Tuesday, dealing a blow to his chief Republican rival Rick Santorum and gaining precious momentum ahead of a crucial set of contests next week. Romney's victories were
Iran's political friction adds heat to elections
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's hard-liners have been so effective at crushing the opposition, they now are left brawling among themselves. That's the messy political scramble in this week's parliamentary elections — the first major voting since the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud
Colombia's chief prosecutor unseated by court
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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A Colombian high court unseated the country's chief prosecutor on Tuesday on the grounds that she was improperly elected. Her marriage to an ex-congressman tied to drug lords had cast a shadow over her tenure. Prosector Viviane Morales, who held the second most powerful
NYPD head not sorry about US Muslim surveillance
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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department's top official reiterated his defense Monday of the department's aggressive intelligence-gathering operations, saying there's no need to apologize for keeping tabs on some Muslims if that's what it takes to protect the city. Kelly's comments to
Venezuela anxiously awaits news of Chavez's health
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Amid a blackout on official information about Hugo Chavez's planned tumor operation in Cuba, Venezuelans on both sides of the political divide waited anxiously on Monday for news on the president's health. Chavez, 57, was scheduled to undergo tests over the weekend
Scientists see red on NASA cuts of Mars missions
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WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA said Monday it is not giving up on Mars, but it will have to get there later and at a lower price. President Barack Obama's budget announced this month canceled joint U.S.-European robotic missions to Mars in 2016 and 2018. Now top science officials say they are
Kid Rock gets wild and free for Romney event
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ROYAL OAK, Michigan (AP) — For his Michigan finale, Mitt Romney wanted Kid Rock. The Republican presidential candidate, after all, begins and ends almost every event with Kid Rock's song "Born Free." So Romney's people reached out to Kid Rock's people. The answer came back: The
German lawmakers approve new Greek bailout
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BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament approved a second, €130 billion ($173 billion) loan package for Greece on Monday after Chancellor Angela Merkel warned lawmakers that it would be irresponsible to abandon the country to bankruptcy. Although the motion was always expected to be easily
Banks, industry in India hit by trade-union strike
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KOLKATA, India (AP) — Shops and banks are closed, factories shuttered and traffic sparse in major cities across India during an industrial strike called by trade unions against the government. Passengers were stranded at airports and railway stations in Kolkata, the capital of India's West
Aussie PM defeats predecessor, hangs on to job
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard easily won an internal party vote Monday against the colleague she deposed two years ago, Kevin Rudd, and declared that she had put down the internal strife that has undermined her unpopular government for months. Gillard
West dismisses Syria constitution vote as 'farce'
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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.S. and its allies have dismissed the Syrian regime's referendum on a new constitution as a "farce" meant to justify the bloody crackdown on dissent. But voters in government strongholds suggested why some Syrians have not joined the uprising against President
Egypt opens trial at heart of rift with US
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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt is pushing ahead with the trial of 43 employees of pro-democracy groups, including 16 Americans, even as Egyptian and U.S. officials tried behind the scenes to resolve the case that has caused the deepest rift in their alliance in 30 years. In a sign those back-channel