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GOP’s big problem: Finding the perfect candidate

GOP’s big problem: Finding the perfect candidate

Mitt Romney is the godfather of what Republican critics call Obamacare. Newt Gingrich is an adulterer on his third marriage. Tim Pawlenty is too green — environmentally, that is. Jon…

Rabid religious right flexes political muscle

Rabid religious right flexes political muscle

Republican presidential candidates take note: the clout of social and religious conservatives is growing in politically crucial Iowa. And these activists are driving the debate here toward cultural issues —…

Disfigured construction worker gets face transplant

Disfigured construction worker gets face transplant

A Texas construction worker horribly disfigured in a power line accident has undergone the nation’s first full face transplant in hopes of smiling again and feeling kisses from his 3-year-old…

Japen nuke plant cooling pool reaches boiling point

Japen nuke plant cooling pool reaches boiling point

  Weariness and anxiety percolated Tuesday among people who left their homes near Japan’s radiation-shedding nuclear complex as workers tried urgently to cool an overheated storage pool and methodically to…

Gas, food prices hit rural families hard

Gas, food prices hit rural families hard

Twice a week, Myriam Garcia puts snow chains on her 22-year-old gas guzzler and noses two miles down the hill from her trailer in rural western Montana. Then, instead of…

Cruise missile hits Gadhafi’s compound

Cruise missile hits Gadhafi’s compound

A cruise missile blasted Moammar Gadhafi‘s residential compound in an attack that carried as much symbolism as military effect, and fighter jets destroyed a line of tanks moving on the…

Japan evacuates workers from nuke plan

Japan evacuates workers from nuke plan

Operators evacuated workers from Japan’s tsunami-damaged nuclear plant Monday after gray smoke rose from one of its reactor units, the latest of persistent troubles in stabilizing the radiation-leaking complex. The…

Obama endorses military action against Libya

Obama endorses military action against Libya

After weeks of hesitation and divisions among his advisers, President Barack Obama on Friday endorsed military action against Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, saying U.S. values and credibility are at stake to…

Judge blocks Scott Walker’s union busting law

Judge blocks Scott Walker’s union busting law

The monthlong saga over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to drastically curb collective bargaining rights for public workers in Wisconsin took a turn Friday that could force a dramatic rebooting…

‘Blood money’ used to free CIA contractor in Pakistan

‘Blood money’ used to free CIA contractor in Pakistan

Pakistan abruptly freed the CIA contractor who shot and killed two men in a gunfight in Lahore after a deal was sealed Wednesday to pay $2.34 million in “blood money”…