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More restaurants are targeting US customers who use food stamps

Jonathan Ellis and Megan Luther USA Today 07.09.2011
More restaurants are targeting US customers who use food stamps

The number of businesses approved to accept food stamps grew by a third from 2005 to 2010, U.S. Department of Agriculture records show, as vendors from convenience and dollar discount stores to gas stations and pharmacies increasingly joined the g...

Officials: 1,000 Texas homes burned in past week

WILL WEISSERT Yahoo! News 07.09.2011
Officials: 1,000 Texas homes burned in past week

More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in at least 57 wildfires across rain-starved Texas, most of them in one devastating blaze near Austin that is still raging out of control, officials said Tuesday.


Wildfire destroys nearly 500 homes in Texas

WILL WEISSERT and MICHAEL GRACZYK My Way News 07.09.2011
Wildfire destroys nearly 500 homes in Texas

Firefighters trying to control a wind-fueled wildfire that has destroyed nearly 500 homes in Central Texas were looking for a few overnight hours of diminished winds as thousands of evacuees spent the night away from their threatened homes.

U.S. Debt Held by Public Tops $10T for 1st Time—Up 59 Percent Under Obama

At the close of business on Aug. 31--for the first time in the history of the country--the publicly held debt of the federal government topped $10 trillion, according to data released by the U.S. Treasury Department at 4:00 p.m. yesterday.


Condoleezza Rice fires back at Cheney memoir

Arshad Mohammed Reuters 01.09.2011
Condoleezza Rice fires back at Cheney memoir

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday she resented what she viewed as an attack on her integrity by former Vice President Dick Cheney in his just-published memoir.

Honduras president: No more cellphones at meetings

Honduras President Porfirio Lobo has had it with his Cabinet ministers' cellphones. Lobo calls it "a lack of courtesy" that the phones are ringing and beeping during the weekly two-hour Cabinet meeting. So he is banning cellphones from the meeting...


Obama hails 9/11 generation of US warriors

President Barack Obama Tuesday hailed the "9/11 generation" of US veterans and 6,200 service members who perished in the "hard decade of war" spawned by the September 11 attacks.

White House issues 9/11 talking points; 'not just about us'...

THOM SHANKER and ERIC SCHMITT The New York Times 31.08.2011
White House issues 9/11 talking points; 'not just about us'...

The White House has issued detailed guidelines to government officials on how to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, with instructions to honor the memory of those who died on American soil but also to recall that Al Qaeda an...


Obama uncle held in US by immigration officials

President Barack Obama's uncle was stopped on suspicion of drunken driving, told police he planned to arrange bail through the White House and was being held without bail on an immigration detainer, authorities said Monday.

Colin Powell says Dick Cheney taking 'cheap shots' in book

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday dismissed as "cheap shots" the criticism leveled at him and others in Vice President Dick Cheney's memoir.


Chicago-bound train derails in Nebraska; 22 hurt

An Amtrak train headed from California to Chicago struck a demolition crane in southwest Nebraska on Friday, forcing two locomotives and three passenger cars off the rails but causing no major injuries, officials said.

Hurricane? New Yorkers soak up the beach

More than 200,000 New Yorkers are under orders to flee a once-in-a-century hurricane, but many in the famed City That Never Sleeps are brushing aside danger -- and heading to the beach.


Cheney: My book will have ‘heads exploding’ in D.C.

When former Vice President Dick Cheney releases his memoir early next week, it may cause the second earthquake in Washington, D.C., this month. “There are gonna be heads exploding all over Washington,’’ Cheney told NBC’s Jamie Gangel in an exclusi...

Shocking Need: American Kids Go Hungry

In high school, Katherine Foronda trained herself not to feel hungry until after the school day had ended. She wasn't watching her weight or worrying about boys seeing her eat. She just didn't have any food to eat or any money to buy it. "I thou...


Expensive massages, top shelf vodka and five-star hotels: First Lady accused of spending $10m in public money on her vacations

The Obamas' summer break on Martha's Vineyard has already been branded a PR disaster after the couple arrived four hours apart on separate government jets.But according to new reports, this is the least of their extravagances.

Fears for Nancy Reagan, 90, as she slips and falls on way in to watch speech by Tea Party favourite Marco Rubio

Nancy Reagan last night lost her balance and fell as she arrived to watch a speech by Republican freshman senator and Tea Party darling Marco Rubio. The frail former First Lady was being escorted to her seat in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Libra...


Obama talks to corporate titans on economy

US President Barack Obama on Monday reached out to respected business figures Warren Buffett and Ford chief Alan Mulally as he frames a major new plan on jobs and the deficit.

Biden tells China not to count out U.S. strength

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday rejected views that American power is waning and said Washington would never default, wrapping up a China visit that has played down tensions between the world's two biggest economies.


US to review deportations, focus on criminals

The Obama administration said Thursday it would postpone the deportation of illegal immigrants without criminal records and allow them to apply for work permits as it reviews over 300,000 cases.

Dust storm envelops Phoenix, downs power lines

A giant wall of dust rolled through the Phoenix area on Thursday for the third time since early July - turning the sky brown, creating dangerous driving conditions and delaying some airline flights.



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