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May 8, 2012

Britain’s Prince Harry draws attention to plight of wounded warriors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry urged the United States and the United Kingdom on Monday not to forget the plight of wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

In a somber speech, the younger son of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, said: “Sooner or later the coverage of them in the media will diminish or cease … They will no longer be at the forefront of our minds.”

May 8, 2012

Safeway grocery says moving to crate-free pork supply

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Safeway Inc, the second-largest U.S. grocery chain, said on Monday it plans to stop using pork suppliers that cage pregnant sows as part of their production process, a practice animal rights groups have called inhumane.

“We think there are more sustainable pork production methods,” said Safeway vice president of public affairs Brian Dowling, referring to a common industry process where pregnant hogs are kept for months at a time in narrow metal cages called gestation crates where they are unable to move.

May 7, 2012

U.S. education secretary adds support to gay marriage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said on Monday that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, following a similar comment from Vice President Joe Biden the day before.

The views of Duncan and Biden contrast with that of President Barack Obama, who has said he is “evolving” on the issue of gay marriage.

May 7, 2012

Education secretary adds support to gay marriage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said on Monday that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, following a similar comment from Vice President Joe Biden the day before.

The views of Duncan and Biden contrast with that of President Barack Obama, who has said he is “evolving” on the issue of gay marriage.

May 7, 2012

Last defendant in Florida hazing death turns herself in

By Lily Kuo

(Reuters) – The last of 11 people charged in the death of a Florida A&M University drum major turned herself in on Sunday, state officials said.

Lasherry Codner, 20, surrendered to local authorities at the Orange County Jail in Florida, said a statement from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

May 3, 2012

Chen makes dramatic phone appeal to U.S. lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng made a dramatic telephone appeal to come to the United States in a call broadcast live on Thursday to a U.S. congressional hearing.

“I want to come to the U.S. to rest. I have not had a rest in 10 years,” Chen said, his comments in Chinese made on a mobile telephone that was held up to a microphone at the hearing. “I’m concerned most right now with the safety of my mother and brothers. I really want to know what’s going on with them.”

May 2, 2012

Obama promises 110,000 new summer jobs for youth

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House pledged on Wednesday to help lower-income youth find summer jobs in a move likely to appeal to younger voters crucial to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

The initiative is in partnership with the cities of Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco and is meant to add 110,000 jobs, internships and mentorships to the 180,000 summer work opportunities for 16-24 year olds that Obama has promised to create for 2012.

Apr 29, 2012

Obama jabs at Romney at White House Correspondents’ dinner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama poked fun at his likely presidential rival Mitt Romney and Republican opponents in Congress on Saturday night, including a dig at Romney’s treatment of a pet dog, at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

The black-tie dinner, informally billed as the “nerd prom,” is the biggest social event of the year for Washington media and gives presidents a chance to show a lighter side.

Apr 27, 2012

U.S. judge won’t dismiss key charge against WikiLeaks suspect

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – A U.S. military judge refused on Thursday to throw out a charge that Bradley Manning, the U.S. intelligence analyst accused of leaking government files to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, aided the enemy identified as al Qaeda.

The charge, the most serious accusation against Manning, could result in a life prison sentence if he is convicted of it at a court-martial in September.

Apr 26, 2012

Judge won’t dismiss charge against WikiLeaks suspect Manning

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – A U.S. military judge refused on Thursday to throw out a charge that Bradley Manning, the U.S. intelligence analyst accused of leaking government files to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, aided the enemy, identified as al Qaeda.

The charge could result in a life prison sentence if Manning, 24, is convicted at a court-martial in September.