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China gives U.S. assurances on rare earth minerals

SANYA, China (Reuters) – China told the United States on Saturday it would not withhold rare earth minerals but the two nations did not appear to make headway on disputes…

Obama urges Democrats to turn out for election

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned fellow Democrats on Saturday that a Republican victory in next week’s congressional elections could mean a reversal of his agenda as he sought…

Obama adviser offers assistance to Yemen leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism adviser told Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Saturday the United States “stands ready” to aid his government in the fight against al…

U.S. offers to host meeting to ease China, Japan row

HANOI (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday the United States has proposed to host a meeting among China, Japan and the United States to try to…

Japan, China leaders met informally: Japanese official

HANOI (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held informal talks on Saturday morning, Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Tetsuro Fukuyama told reporters. Read the…

Washington state voters snubbing income tax measure

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – More voters in Washington state oppose than favor a closely watched measure on the November 2 ballot that would impose an income tax on the state’s…

First woman House speaker may be toppled

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nancy Pelosi became the first woman to lead the U.S. House of Representatives by taking on the most powerful man on Earth — then-President George W. Bush…

Boehner eyes taking House and taking on Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The man who may soon tie President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda into knots touts his own ability to cross party lines to get things done. Read the…

U.S. Senators raise concerns on Canadian oil sands pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly a dozen U.S. Senators on Friday raised questions about the need for a proposed $7 billion pipeline that they said will bring “dirty oil” from Canadian…

Obama pushes tax break plan for businesses

BELTSVILLE, Md (Reuters) – President Barack Obama touted a proposal on Friday to provide tax relief for businesses, calling on Democrats and Republicans to join together after Tuesday’s election to…