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Michelle Obama launches voter outreach campaign  WASHINGTON: US First Lady Michelle Obama is launching a grassroots campaign stressing every vote counts in her husband's quest to stay in the White House, the Democratic re-election team announced Thursday. The president's wife is expected in the battleground state of Virginia on Friday to officially kick off the "It takes One" initiative ahead of the November 6 poll that pits Obama against Republican rival Mitt Romney. "Every single person can make a difference in this election -- and today we're asking supporters to start by taking one action that will help grow our campaign," Michelle Obama said in a statement issued by Obama for America. "If we all commit to finding at least one way to make an impact, we can ensure that we'll keep moving this country forward for another four years." Ways in which supporters can help Obama's grassroots effort is by helping new voters get registered, recruiting volunteers or bringing ...

US jobless claims surge  WASHINGTON: New claims for US unemployment benefits surged sharply higher last week, ending three straight weeks of declines in the struggling jobs market, official data showed Thursday. The Labor Department reported 386,000 initial jobless claims were filed in the week ending July 14, an almost 10 percent increase from the prior week's upwardly revised figure. The increase was well above expectations of a rise to 365,000 jobless claims. "Although the deterioration should be cautiously interpreted, as the Labor ...
End of AIDS pandemic in sight: US expert WASHINGTON: Three decades into the AIDS pandemic an end to new infections is in sight, according to Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "We don't even know if a cure is possible. What we know is it is possible that we can end this pandemic even without a cure," Fauci told AFP in an interview ahead of the International AIDS conference July 22-27 in the US capital. Some 34 million ...
Obama, Clinton FORT MEADE: President Barack Obama made "prejudicial" comments about the soldier accused of the biggest intelligence leak in US history and harmed the suspect's defence, a court has heard. Other top figures, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and retired admiral Mike Mullen, the former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also made ill-advised remarks about Army Private Bradley Manning, it was alleged Tuesday. Obama's comment that Manning "broke the law," made at a political fundraiser ...
Obama team lashes back after "Americanness" jab  WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama's campaign slammed his rival's camp Tuesday for going "off the deep end," after a Republican said he wished the US leader "would learn how to be an American." In a campaign conference call former New Hampshire governor John Sununu, a supporter of Obama's challenger Mitt Romney, made a jibe that risked recalling previous attacks on the incumbent's racial and religious background. Obama's camp jumped on the remark, alleging it represented a desperate move ...
Romney digs in against releasing more tax returns  IRWIN: Republican Mitt Romney shrugged off growing pressure on Tuesday to release more of his tax returns, and his campaign lashed out at President Barack Obama in an effort to turn the campaign debate away from Romney's business and financial record. Romney said he would not give in to mounting attacks over his refusal to release his tax returns prior to 2010, including calls from some Republican allies to disclose the records and end the controversy. "In ...
Needles found in sandwiches on Delta flights  WASHINGTON: Delta Air Lines said Tuesday it was working with authorities to probe the discovery of sewing needles in four sandwiches on flights from the Netherlands to the United States. The needles were found on aircraft bound for Atlanta, Seattle and Minneapolis from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, Delta spokeswoman Kristin Baur told AFP. One person was injured in the incident but declined treatment. "Delta is taking this matter extremely seriously and is cooperating with local and federal authorities ...


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