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Kucinich settles the great olive pit lawsuit

That was fast: Two days after suing a congressional cafeteria over a “dangerous” olive pit he found in his sandwich, Rep. Dennis Kucinich has settled the case out of court. The terms weren’t disclosed, but in a lengthy message posted on his campaign site, the Democratic lawmaker details the pain and suffering he went through after accidentally chomping on the “errant” pit. “Though I would prefer to focus your attention on my work dealing with the profoundly important issues that face our nation, such as job creation, getting the economy back on track, and ending the wars in Afghanistan and
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State Dept. reduces staff in Egypt amid violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Sunday moved to reduce its diplomatic presence in Egypt, saying it had authorized the voluntary departure of dependents of diplomats and non-essential workers. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ii5xx4xFX9U/us-egypt-usa-diplomats-idUSTRE70T1BX20110130\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?
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Family disappointed in war crimes charges

The family of the youngest and lowest-ranking U.S. Army soldier ordered to face court martial for war atrocities against Afghan civilians said on Saturday they were disappointed in the decision and worried that their son will not get a fair trial. Lieutenant General Curtis Scaparrotti has ordered the Army to proceed with trial of Private First Class Andrew Holmes, 20, on charges of murdering an Afghan civilian, conspiring to harm Afghans and using drugs during his deployment with the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. Holmes, of Boise, Idaho, faces life imprisonment if convicted. A trial date has not yet been
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Government to Americans: You might want to think about leaving Egypt

The State Department says U.S. citizens in Egypt should consider leaving the country as soon as they can because of the spreading unrest there. The department says demonstrations against the government of President Hosni Mubarak have not targeted Westerners, but Americans should take precautions for their own security. The U.S. government is also allowing nonessential diplomats and the families of all embassy workers to leave Egypt at Washington’s expense. The step builds on a travel warning from Friday urging Americans to avoid traveling to Egypt because of the unrest. Americans are advised to remain in their homes or hotels until
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Obama touts clean energy firm as way of future

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Saturday touted gains made by a Wisconsin renewable energy firm as the kind of innovation that will bolster the United States. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/IsBOOnJhaGU/us-obama-address-idUSTRE70S3H120110129\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?
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Time for the sex and the rabbit

The Chinese Year of the Rabbit promises to bring political upheaval from restless youth and sex scandals for the amorous, but in China the government is at least likely to bring inflation under control. [Related: Chinese New Year facts and traditions>] Twelve animals make up the traditional Chinese zodiac, with each year having its own peculiar and unique beliefs, some specific to certain provinces, such as being an auspicious time to give birth or open a new business. The rabbit is believed to be one of the happiest signs, with people born in that year renowned for their kindness, reliability
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White House to release budget on Feb 14

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal 2012 will be released on February 14, an administration official said on Friday, setting up a tough fight with Republicans who vow to cut spending. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/rdVBCiEJYdc/us-usa-budget-date-idUSTRE70S0J720110129\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?
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Pentagon issues guidelines for repealing gay policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New Pentagon rules allowing gays to serve openly in the U.S. military prohibit separate bathroom facilities based on sexual orientation and say not all benefits will be extended to same-sex dependents. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/L5FlaHGidOI/us-usa-military-gays-idUSTRE70S09820110129\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?
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