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Home sale contracts at three-year high

Home sale contracts at three-year high

The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes ticked up in April to the highest level in three years. The increase points to growth in home sales in…

Recall effort against rabid sheriff fails in Arizona

Recall effort against rabid sheriff fails in Arizona

A campaign to force a recall election against the polarizing sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix failed on Thursday after recall organizers said they couldn’t collect enough voter signatures to bring the…

Pro-gun advocates send threating letters to Obama, Bloomberg

Pro-gun advocates send threating letters to Obama, Bloomberg

A suspicious letter mailed to the White House was similar to two threatening, poison-laced letters on the gun law debate sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the…

Obama’s second term shrouded in mistakes, controversies

Obama’s second term shrouded in mistakes, controversies

President Barack Obama’s second term, so far, has been a frustrating reminder of the limits of presidential power and the durability of the Washington political apparatus he disdains. Obama has…

American soldier admits massacre of Afghan civilians

American soldier admits massacre of Afghan civilians

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was “crazed” and “broken” when he slipped away from his remote southern Afghanistan outpost and attacked mud-walled compounds in two slumbering villages nearby. Next week, Bales…

Obama set to nominate former Bush aide to run FBI

Obama set to nominate former Bush aide to run FBI

President Barack Obama is prepared to nominate James Comey, a former Bush administration official with bipartisan credentials, as the next FBI director. In a possible warning sign, the top Republican…

For motorcycle riders, no helmets mean more injuries, deaths

For motorcycle riders, no helmets mean more injuries, deaths

The average medical claim from a motorcycle crash rose by more than one-fifth last year in Michigan after the state stopped requiring all riders to wear helmets, according to an…

GOP paradox: Attracting enough voters to win without pissing off the rabid right

GOP paradox: Attracting enough voters to win without pissing off the rabid right

The Republican Party, having lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, confronts a dilemma that’s easier to describe than to solve: How can it broaden…

Republicans want Obamacare at front of 2014 races

Republicans want Obamacare at front of 2014 races

If Republicans were writing a movie script for next year’s congressional elections, the working title might be “2014: Apocalypse of Obamacare.” The plot: The rollout of President Barack Obama’s health…

Barack Obama and Chris Christie: Together again

Barack Obama and Chris Christie: Together again

President Barack Obama is looking to get his groove back — at the beach. A post-Hurricane Sandy tour of the New Jersey coast line on Tuesday, gives the president a…