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Few New Jobs as Jobless Rate Rises to 9.8%

The economy added only 39,000 jobs in November, dampening hopes that a recovery was building. Read more……

New Jersey Closer to Sales of Medical Marijuana

New rules could put marijuana on the market next summer, and would make the state the only one to limit the amount of psychotropic chemical permitted in it. Read more……

Senators’ farewell speeches often reach the ears of only a stenographer

After 14 years in the Senate, Sam Brownback had a lot to say to his colleagues as he bid adieu. So the Kansas Republican, retiring to become his state’s governor,…

U.S. and South Korea welcome long-awaited trade deal

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and South Korea welcomed a free trade deal reached after a three-year delay which U.S. President Barack Obama said would boost exports to South…

With help from billionaire Warren Buffett, U.N. sets up nuclear fuel ‘bank’

After years of debate and a fundraising campaign launched by investor Warren Buffett, the U.N. atomic agency decided Friday to set up a $150 million uranium fuel “bank” aimed at…

Obama visits Afghanistan, says U.S. making progress

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, in a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Friday, praised U.S. troops for their sacrifice and ‘important progress’ in a nine-year war…

72 super PACs spent $83.7 million on election, financial disclosure reports show

The newly created independent political groups known as super PACs, which raised and spent millions of dollars on last month’s elections, drew much of their funding from private-equity partners and…

Military service chiefs wary of ending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy on gays

Top commanders of the Army, Air Force and Navy highlighted the fissures of a military struggling with how to end “don’t ask, don’t tell” as they told a Senate panel…

Administration proposes listing Arctic seals as threatened

The Obama administration proposed listing six subspecies of ice-dependent seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act on the grounds that diminishing sea ice in the Arctic threatens their survival.…

The Caucus: Another White House Visit for Altman

When Roger C. Altman was spotted at the White House for a second time, speculation reignited that the investment banker is a leading candidate to become the next director of…