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China PLA officers urge economic punch against U.S.

BEIJING - Senior Chinese military officers have proposed that their country boost defense spending, adjust PLA deployments, and possibly sell some U.S.

Veteran congressman's death adds to Barack Obama's woes

The Democratic party faces another election test after the death yesterday of John Murtha, a congressman dubbed by his colleagues the "king of pork". Murtha, aged 77, had been in the House of Representatives since being elected to his Pennsylvania

Obama hopes to see jobs package in coming weeks

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama, reaching out to lawmakers in both U.S. political parties, said on Tuesday he hoped Congress would soon deliver a package of measures to boost U.S. employment and economic growth. "My hope is ...

Rep. John Murtha dies at 77

HARRISBURG, PA. - U.S. Rep. John Murtha, an influential critic of the Iraq War whose congressional career was shadowed by questions about his ethics, died Monday. He was 77.

Michael Jackson's doctor charged with manslaughter

LOS ANGELES - Michael Jackson's doctor has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop singer's death. Prosecutors announced the charge Monday against Dr. Conrad Murray, a Houston cardiologist who was with Jackson when he died June 25.

World's tallest tower closed a month after opening

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The world's tallest skyscraper has unexpectedly closed to the public a month after its lavish opening, disappointing tourists headed for the observation deck and casting doubt over plans to welcome its first permanent oc

Defiant Iran set to begin higher enrichment of uranium

IRAN - Iran will begin enriching uranium to 20 percent from Tuesday, the Islamic republic's atomic chief announced on Sunday just hours after being told to do so by hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The decision raises the stakes in a disput

Toyota plans to recall 300,000 Priuses

TOKYO - Toyota plans to recall about 300,000 Prius hybrids worldwide over a brake problem and will notify the U.S. and Japanese governments Tuesday, a news report said, as a top executive will testify before U.S.

Palin ‘Won’t Close the Door’ on Presidential Campaign

Sarah Palin said she “won’t close the door” on a potential presidential bid during an interview on the “Fox News Sunday” program. “It would be absurd to not consider what it is that I can potentially do to help our country,” she said.