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Jun 18, 2012

Romney small town tour preaches mostly to the choir

NEWARK, OHIO (Reuters) – Enthusiastic crowds waving American flags and holding campaign signs are greeting Mitt Romney on a five-day bus tour but the Republican’s first big campaign swing since the primary season ended is reaching out to voters who are already in his column.

Romney’s “Every Town Counts” trip through battleground states is unlikely to win over many of the independents who will decide November’s election against President Barack Obama. Instead, Romney is addressing mostly loyalists who waited in long check-in lines to hear him and, on Sunday, braved a thunderstorm to listen to their candidate.

Jun 16, 2012
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Ann Romney’s horse, trainer headed to Olympics

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A horse partly owned by First Lady candidate Ann Romney will be representing the red, white and blue in London this summer after almost certainly qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team in dressage, “the highest expression of horse training.”

Rafalca, a 15-year-old Oldenburg mare, and California-based trainer Jan Ebeling came in third in the U.S. Equestrian Federation National Dressage Championships in Gladstone, New Jersey, on Saturday. That almost guarantees the pair a spot on the team, which has five dressage spots.

Jun 16, 2012

Romney breaks from small-town tour to talk faith, Israel

CORNWALL, PA, June 16 (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney
took time out on Saturday from a five-day tour aimed at shoring
up support among small-town voters in battleground states to
touch base with another critical party constituency – Christian
conservatives – and include some tough talk on U.S. relations
with Israel.

Romney, the presumptive nominee to face off against
President Barack Obama in November, spoke by satellite to the
Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C., not
long after appearing at a foundry in eastern Pennsylvania.

Jun 16, 2012

Romney breaks from small-town tour for speech on faith

WEATHERLY, PA (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney took time out on Saturday from a five-day tour aimed at shoring up support among small-town voters in battleground states to touch base with another critical party constituency – Christian conservatives.

Romney, the presumptive nominee to face off against President Barack Obama in November, spoke by satellite to the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C., not long after appearing at a foundry in eastern Pennsylvania.

Jun 15, 2012

Immigration overshadows Romney rural bus tour

, June 15 (Reuters) – Republican presidential
candidate Mitt Romney’s rural bus tour hit an unexpected bump on
Friday as he scrambled to respond to President Barack Obama’s
decision to ease deportation rules for young illegal immigrants.

On a day when Romney wanted to emphasize the gap between the
president and regular Americans, he instead was forced to
step warily into the immigration debate after Obama announced
new rules that would allow children of illegal immigrants to
stay in the country on a temporary basis.

Jun 15, 2012

On bus tour, Romney takes economic pitch to US heartland

, June 15 (Reuters) – Republican presidential
candidate Mitt Romney said President Barack Obama has failed to
improve the prospects of middle class voters as he launched a
bus tour on Friday that will reach out to rural voters in six
battleground states.

Romney said Obama’s speech on the economy on Thursday showed
the incumbent had no new ideas to boost opportunity for
Americans who have struggled to make ends meet in the aftermath
of the deepest recession since the 1930s.

Jun 8, 2012

U.S. authorities seek 10-year sentence for mob suspect’s girlfriend

BOSTON (Reuters) – Prosecutors are seeking a 10-year federal prison term for the girlfriend who helped reputed Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger evade capture for 16 years.

The request was made in a 36-page court document filed on Friday ahead of Catherine Greig’s scheduled sentencing hearing on Tuesday in a Boston federal court.

Jun 8, 2012

NPR’s Car Talk guys hang up wrenches, microphones

BOSTON (Reuters) – Tom and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of National Public Radio’s popular “Car Talk” program, will retire in September after decades of dispensing automotive repair and driving advice laced with a side of wicked humor.

The pair, in their guise as the self-deprecating Click and Clack, the Tappett Brothers, have been taping the weekly show for WBUR, Boston’s public radio affiliate, for 35 years, but say it is time to “stop and smell the cappuccino.”

Jun 8, 2012

Reckoning arrives for Schilling’s video game firm

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – 38 Studios, the video game company owned by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, filed bankruptcy papers on Thursday, less than two years after it won a $75 million loan guarantee from Rhode Island, and now faces a federal and state investigation.

The Chapter 7 filing indicates that the Providence-based company plans to liquidate.

Jun 7, 2012

Schilling video game company declares bankruptcy

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – 38 Studios, the video game company run by former Red Sox baseball great Curt Schilling, declared bankruptcy on Thursday, weeks after laying off most of its staff and having its funding cut by the state of Rhode Island, which had been its major financial benefactor.

The filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection was made in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.

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      "Ros Krasny is Boston Bureau Chief, leading coverage of the New England scene. She was previously a regional Federal Reserve correspondent based in Chicago, and spent many years writing about agricultural commodity markets with Bridge News and Knight-Ridder Financial news."
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