Archive for November, 2013


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(CNN) — The U.S. government is “deeply concerned” about two American citizens detained in North Korea, including 85-year-old Merrill Newman, a National Security Council spokeswoman said.

“Given Mr. Newman’s advanced age and health conditions, we urge (North Korea) to release Mr. Newman so he may return home and reunite with his family,” said Caitlin Hayden, the NSC spokeswoman.

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(CNN) — President Barack Obama’s approval rating may be struggling, but he’s still bringing in money on the fundraising trail.

For the past month, the President has been crisscrossing the country raising cash for Democratic campaign groups. At 13 separate events in eight cities, he may have helped raise up to $21.6 million.

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FARMINGTON HILLS (AP) – A 10-year-old Detroit-area girl is suing to try to get her dog back from her mom’s former boyfriend.

Hannah Wise’s lawsuit claims Mitchell Rechter won’t return a poodle named Mystery since the girl and her mother moved out of his home last spring.

The Oakland Press says Hannah is the plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in Oakland County with the consent of her mother, Adrienne Lenhoff. The lawsuit says Rechter agreed to take care of the dog only while they got settled in a new home.

In response, Rechter’s attorney, Jonathan Jones, says the dog was abandoned by Hannah and her mom. He says Rechter is attached to the pet and wants to keep it.

Hannah is represented by attorney Robert Zawideh. A July trial is set.

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A Massachusetts woman died late Monday after she and her husband were hit by a pickup truck and the woman was dragged three miles to another town.

Police say the couple was hit about 10 p.m., outside of a motel where the two work in Wrentham, Mass. The truck continued down the highway until police stopped the vehicle and found the woman underneath it. Moses Acloque, 22, of Norwood, Mass., is being charged with leaving the scene of the accident and was expected to face a judge Tuesday, WCVB reports.

Authorities did not identify the deceased woman, pending notification of her family. Her husband suffered minor injuries.

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin sent out an apology for her criticism of Pope Francis, who she called “liberal” earlier this week.

“It was not my intention to be critical of Pope Francis,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page.  The former vice-presidential candidate said her comments were meant to remind “viewers that we need to do our own homework, and I hadn’t done mine yet on the Pope’s recent comments as reported by the media.”

She wrote that the media often mischaracterizes the comments of public figures and that she’d rather trust her “many Catholic friends and family” than reporters.

“I apologize for not being clearer in my response,” Palin added. “Thus opening the door to critical media that does what it does best in ginning up controversy.”

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Palin told Jake Tapper some that the Pope’s statements “sound kind of liberal,” something that…

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(CNN) — In what might be one of the oldest corrections in the history of journalism, the editorial board of a Pennsylvania newspaper has retracted its predecessor’s famous panning of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address as “silly remarks.”

“Seven score and ten years ago, the forefathers of this media institution brought forth to its audience a judgment so flawed, so tainted by hubris, so lacking in the perspective history would bring, that it cannot remain unaddressed in our archives,” the editors of The Patriot-News wrote Thursday, evoking the opening words and style of Lincoln’s most famous speech.

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