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British judge, on sentencing two white men or the 1993 killingo a black teen in London.
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6. ARgENTINE lEADER OkAFTER CANCER SURgERYBUENOS AIRES, Ar-entina — Arentina’spresident was awae andrecoverin Wednesdayater a 3.5 hour operationto remove her cancerousthyroid and. CristinaFernandez’s surery wentwithout compicationsand a her vita sins wereood, her spoesmanAredo Scoccimarro said.1. YAHOO PICkS PAYPAl’SPOCkET FOR lATEST CEOSAN FRANCISCO — Ya-hoo’s previous turnaroundattempts have opped un-der three dierent eaders.On Wednesday, the stru-in Internet companyannounced it ured awayScott Thompson rom aower-profe job runnineBay’s thrivin PayPaservice to become its CEO.2. POlICE: MAN gOUgEDOUT UNClE’S EYES
JOLIET, Ill. — An Illinois manwas charged with gouging outhis uncle’s eyes then pushinghim down the stairs in a fghtover a remote control, authori-ties said. The victim, 62-year-old Melvin Cliord, managed tocall 9-1-1, and a sheri’s deputyound him at the bottom o thebasement stairs with his handsstretched in ront o him andblood streaming rom his ace.
4. lOWER CUTOFF URgEDFOR lEAD POISONINg
ATLANTA — For the frst timein 20 years, a ederal panel isurging the government to lowerthe threshold or lead poison-ing in children. I adopted,hundreds o thousands morechildren could be diagnosedwith lead poisoning. Too muchlead is harmul to developingbrains and can mean a lowerIQ. While the number o caseshas been alling, health ofcialsthink as many as 250,000 chil-dren have the problem, many othose undiagnosed.
3. CARTEl kINgPIN PlEADSgUIlTY IN U.S. COURT
SAN DIEGO — Mexican drugcartel kingpin BenjaminArellano Felix pleaded guiltyWednesday to racketeeringand conspiracy to laundermoney, avoiding the spec-tacle o a trial or one o theworld’s most powerul druglords o the 1990s. Under anagreement with ederal pros-ecutors, Arellano Felix, 58,can be sentenced to no morethan 25 years in prison.
5. MAN gETS 70 YEARSFOR kIDNAPPINg Ex-WIFE
HARTFORD, Conn. — Aprominent ormer advertisingexecutive declared that he hiredan “assassin” to kill his ex-wie just beore being sentencedWednesday to 70 years in prisonor holding her hostage or morethan 13 hours and burning downthe Connecticut home they onceshared. Richard Shenkman,62, was sentenced in HartordSuperior Court.
ATLANTA — The numbero twins born in the UnitedStates soared over the lastthree decades, mostly the re-sult o test-tube babies andomen waiting to have chil-dren until their 30s, when thechances o twins increase.In 2009, 1 in every 30babies born in the UnitedStates was a twin, an as-tounding increase over the 1in 53 rate in 1980, according to a government report is-sued Wednesday.“When people say itseems like you see moretwins nowadays, they’reright,” said Joyce Martin, anepidemiologist who co-au-thored the Centers or Dis-ease Control and Preventionreport.Some increase was ex-pected as more women aredelaying starting a amily un-til they are over 30. For someunknown reason, mothersin their 30s are more likely to have twins than youngeror older women. As muchas a third o the increasecan be attributed to that,Martin said.The rest o the rise is dueto ertility drugs and treat-ments.“You have a doublehammy going on. Thereare more older moms andmore widespread use o er-tility-enhancing therapies,”Martin said.Starting in the early 1980s,couples who had troubleconceiving began to benetrom medical advances likeertility drugs and in vitroertilization and other pro-cedures. These treatmentsbecame airly widespread inthe 1990s but are expensive,and availability and insur-ance coverage varies.The twin birth rate roseby more than 2 percent oneear, on average, rom 1980through 2004. It leveled o to less than 1 percent annu-ally although the rise rom2008 to 2009 was nearly 2 percent.
WASHINGTON — The Obamaadministration is rewriting its de-ense strategy to absorb hundredso billions o dollars in deensebudget cuts while scaling back the longstanding Pentagon goalo being ready to ght two warssimultaneously.Underscoring the political dimen-sion o Washington’s debate overdeense savings, President Barack Obama planned to make a rare ap-pearance at the Pentagon today tooutline the new strategy. The admin-istration says tighter budgets are amust but will not come at the cost o sapping the strength o a military intransition ater a decade at war.In a presidential election year thestrategy gives Obama a rhetorical toolto deend his Pentagon budget-cut-ting choices. Republican contendersor the White House already havecriticized Obama on a wide range o national security issues, including missile deense, Iran and plannedreductions in ground orces.Obama also wants the new strat-egy to mark a turning point in hisstewardship o deense policy, whichhas been burdened throughout hispresidency by the wars he inheritedand their drag on the budget.The strategy, to be outlined at anews conerence also attended by Deense Secretary Leon Panetta andthe Joint Chies chairman, Army Gen.Martin Dempsey, is not expected toradically alter deense priorities. Itmay set the stage, however, or ex-pected cutbacks in Europe and big weapons programs.It also will move the United Statesurther rom its longstanding goal o being able to successully ght twomajor regional wars — like the 1991Gul War to evict Iraqi orces romKuwait or a prospective ground warin Korea — at the same time. Thistakes into account a bigger ocus onimmediate threats like cyber warareand terrorism.The administration and Congressalready are trimming deense spend-ing to refect the closeout o the Iraq war and the drawdown in Aghani-stan. The massive $662 billion de-ense budget planned or next year is$27 billion less than Obama wantedand $43 billion less than Congressgave the Pentagon this year.
Pentagon to unveil plan for cuts
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WASHINGTON — TheRepublicans’ identity crisis isproducing the most volatilepresidential primary seasonin memory and threatening todilute the conservative ervorthat swept the party to huge wins in 2010.Former MassachusettsGov. Mitt Romney is the prag-matic, establishment choice.But he has yet to attract morethan a quarter o GOP voters,as his eight-vote Iowa caucus win showed.So long as huge numberso restless, overwhelmingly conservativeRepublicanskeep yearning or an alterna-tive, the party risks losing theiery intensity that gave it theHouse major-ity and broughtmuch o Presi-dent Barack Obama’s agendato a standstill.Romney promises to use his corpo-rate skills to do a good jobmanaging the government.But many party activists seemmore intent on radically re-shaping that government,sharply diminishing its rolein Americans’ lives. That sen-timent gave birth to the teaparty in 2009, dominated the2010 elections and now seeksa champion in the 2012 presi-dential contest.Former Sen. Rick Santo-rum, perhaps best known orhis crusades against abortionand gay marriage, is the latestcontender to emerge as thenon-Romney alternative. Hecame rom ar back to nish within an eyelash o an Iowavictory. But he will be hard-pressed to raise the money and build the ground gameneeded to compete in New Hampshire, South Carolina,Florida and beyond.Former House SpeakerNewt Gingrich and Texas Gov.Rick Perry are in weaker shape,having nished ourth andth in Iowa, respectively. Yeta survey o Iowa caucus-goersshows there’s an untetheredmass o conservative votersstill ripe or the picking.Establishment Republi-cans predict those voters willeventually make peace withRomney because o their an-tipathy to Obama. That’s notthe most inspiring way to wina presidential nomination,as an angry Gingrich noted Wednesday.Gingrich, who was ham-mered by attack ads romRomney’s allies in Iowa, toldMSNBC, “What is really strik-ing about last night is thatthree out o our Republicansrepudiated Mitt Romney.How can you take seriously somebody ater that kind o campaign?”The Iowa results haveprodded at least one promi-nent conservative leader toschedule a series o meetingsand urge like-minded groupsto embrace San-torum.“It’s time orthe conserva-tives to get o the sidelinesand get intothe arena,” saidRichard Vigue-rie. “Conserva-tives have dug intheir heels, andthey just don’t want Romney.” A survey o Iowans entering Tuesday’sGOP caucuses drove homethe point that Romney is thechoice o comparatively prag-matic Republicans whose topgoal is ousting Obama. Abouta quarter o his supporterscalled themselves “very con-servative,” compared to two-thirds o Santorum’s support-ers.More than three in veRomney backers were chiefy looking or a candidate whocould beat Obama. That’s ourtimes the number o Santo-rum supporters who gave thatanswer. Meanwhile, two inve Santorum supporters, andvirtually none o Romney’s,said they were looking or a“true conservative.”The survey o caucus-go-ers, conducted by a news con-sortium including The Asso-ciated Press, suggests there’sless dierence between thetea party and the RepublicanParty than many may havethought.Sel-identied tea party supporters made up 64 per-cent o GOP Iowa caucus-go-ers. Santorum was backed by 29 percent o them, while Rom-ney and libertarian-leaning Rep. Ron Paul o Texas took 19 percent each. Gingrichgot 15 percent and Perry 11 percent.
Republican presidential candidate and former MassachusettsGov. Mitt Romney campaigns Wednesday during a town hall-stylemeeting in Manchester, N.H.Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker NewtGingrich campaigns Wednesday during an event at Belknap Mills inLaconia, N.H.Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry gets ahug from a supporter Tuesday after making remarks on caucus nightin West Des Moines, Iowa.
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Republican presidential candidate and former PennsylvaniaSen. Rick Santorum pauses Tuesday as he addresses supportersat his Iowa caucus victory party in Johnston, Iowa.
Conservative leader, urgingRepublicans to rally behindRick Santorum
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