Wife of Justice Thomas regrets call to Hill

BOSTON (Reuters) – The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said on Friday that a recent telephone call to Anita Hill, the woman at the center of a 1991 furor at Thomas’s confirmation hearing, was probably a mistake. Read more

Clinton: Iran faces choices in nuclear talks

MANAMA (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday urged Iran to enter into next week’s nuclear talks in good faith and warned of more pressure and isolation if Tehran kept to its current course. Read more

BP says spill flow lower than government estimate: panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – BP Plc believes the actual flow rate of its massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may have been significantly less than the government’s final estimate, according to comments released by the White House oil spill commission on Friday. Read more

U.S.-South Korea trade pact nears with tariff deal: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – South Korea has agreed to give the United States five years to phase out a 2.5 percent tariff on Korean-built cars rather than cut the tariff immediately, clearing the way for a deal on a stalled bilateral trade pact, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Read more

Obama in Afghanistan, says troops making progress

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (Reuters) – President Barack Obama praised American troops for “important progress” against militants in Afghanistan, during an unannounced visit to a U.S. airbase outside the capital on Friday. Read more

Senate to take symbolic votes on taxes Saturday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate will vote on two Democratic options to extend some Bush-era tax cuts on Saturday, its Democratic leader said, measures likely to fail but highlight deep ideological divisions between the parties. Read more

Military chiefs urge against ending gay ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Military chiefs told the Senate on Friday they opposed ending the armed forces’ ban on gays anytime soon, urging caution over President Barack Obama’s effort to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Read more

Russia says leaked cables show U.S. cynicism

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday said leaked embassy cables showed the “cynicism” of U.S. diplomacy but suggested they would not seriously upset improving ties with Washington. Read more