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Clinton still resting at home after illness WASHINGTON: Outgoing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who fell ill in early December and hasn't been seen in public since, continues to rest at home, her closest aide said on Thursday.   "She's recuperating at home," was all Philippe Reines wrote in email to AFP when asked about the health of Washington's most travelled top diplomat.   Clinton, 65, has been off work sick since her return from her last trip on December 7, although her staff says she has been working from home.   Her lengthy absence from public life has sparked claims from some of her fiercer critics that she is trying to avoid testifying in a congressional investigation into a deadly attack on a US consulate in Libya.   The State Department said Clinton had contracted a bad stomach virus during her five-day stay in Europe. She had to cancel a planned trip to North Africa and Abu Dhabi due to the illness.   A week ...

LA gunowners hand in weapons after US school shooting  VAN NUYS: Long lines of cars formed Wednesday as Los Angeles gun owners turned in weapons for up to $200, in a gun buyback event brought forward after the Connecticut school shooting.   Authorities promised there would be no questions asked at the drive-thru style event, where owners handed over weapons including assault rifles and Uzis directly from their cars, in exchange for grocery store gift cards.   But a couple of pro-gun activists also turned out to protest ...
President Obama may return to Washington as soon as Wednesday HONOLULU: President Barack Obama may return to Washington from his Hawaiian holiday as early as Wednesday evening to address the unfinished "fiscal cliff" negotiations with Congress, an administration official said on Tuesday.   No further details were available about the president's plans when he returns to Washington.   The focus on negotiations to avert a sharp rise in taxes and deep spending cuts from Jan. 1 has shifted to the US Senate after the House of Representatives failed to ...
Storm brings tornadoes, snow to US South; 2 dead MOBILE: A major winter storm system swept through the southern United States on Tuesday, spawning tornadoes in several states and killing two people in weather-related road accidents.   The National Weather Service (NWS) said a tornado struck Mobile, Alabama, home to about 200,000 people, at about 5 p.m. local time (2300 GMT). There were reports of damage to trees and widespread power outages, along with some structural damage, but no injuries or fatalities.   Tornadoes also touched down in Mississippi, ...
Bush senior spends Christmas in hospital WASHINGTON: Former US president George H.W. Bush celebrated Christmas in a Texas hospital with his family Tuesday after a series of health setbacks that have delayed his release, his spokesman said.   The 88-year-old was first admitted to Methodist Hospital in Houston on November 7 for bronchitis treatment and released on November 19. But he was readmitted on November 23 after his cough flared up again.   "President Bush has had a series of setbacks which, combined with his ...
Killing people is NEW YORK: A convicted felon who committed suicide after shooting dead two firefighters he lured into an inferno wrote in a note that killing people was what he liked to do best, local media said Tuesday.   William Spengler, 62, also had three different weapons and an arsenal of ammunition, according to reports citing local police, including a .223 Bushmaster rife the same make used in the recent elementary school shooting in Connecticut that left 26 people ...
Storm brings white Christmas, tornado threat to central US WASHINGTON: A major winter storm brought a rare white Christmas to the southern US plains on Tuesday, contributing to a 21-vehicle pile-up that shut down a major highway in Oklahoma.   The storm system surging east from Kansas and the Texas Panhandle includes the threat of tornados and severe thunderstorms along its southern fringe, from southeast Texas to Alabama, the National Weather Service said.   The storm is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 6 to 8 inches (15 ...


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