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Two ministers shot during church services in Florida

Two ministers shot during church services in Florida

A man marched into a Florida church on Sunday during a prayer service and shot and wounded two clergymen after first killing his wife at the couple’s home nearby, police said. Parishioners then tackled the man, 57-year-old Jeremiah Fogle, took his .32 caliber revolver, and held him until authorities arrived. Witnesses said Fogle entered through […]

Baldwin axed from Emmy show over hacking joke

Baldwin axed from Emmy show over hacking joke

Leonard Nimoy was a last-minute sub for Alec Baldwin on the Emmy Awards opening because of a flap over a joke about News Corp.’s phone hacking scandal. Alec Baldwin had taped the segment, playing a fictional president of the television academy, with show host Jane Lynch. But Baldwin asked that he be left out when […]

White House ignored warnings about solar company’s problems

White House ignored warnings about solar company’s problems

White House officials discussed the political ramifications of a possible default by a troubled solar energy company that received more than $500 million in federal loans, newly released emails show. Emails released Thursday night show that Obama administration privately worried about the effect of a default by Solyndra Inc. on the president’s re-election campaign. “The […]

Boehner disses Obama jobs plan

Boehner disses Obama jobs plan

The top Republican in Congress on Thursday dismissed President Barack Obama‘s jobs-creation package as a “poor substitute” for policies that would boost the economy and ruled out tax increases as a way to close the country’s budget gap. In a high-profile speech, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner called on a special congressional committee to […]

Lobbyists zero in on debt committee

Lobbyists zero in on debt committee

The special “super committee” tackling U.S. deficit reduction was meant to operate independently and free from outside influence — but Washington’s corps of high-paid lobbyists has found a way in. They have descended on the Congress in recent days to persuade rank-and-file lawmakers to act as de facto lobbyists themselves, penetrating the committee and convincing […]

Political bickering dominates debt panel

Political bickering dominates debt panel

Digging in for a bruising struggle, Republicans on Congress’ powerful deficit-fighting “supercommittee” targeted Social Security and government health care spending Tuesday while Democrats pressed for higher tax revenue as part of any deal to reduce red ink by at least $1.2 trillion over the next decade. There were no ultimatums from either side, and there […]