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New GOP star stirs up presidential buzz

With resurgent Republicans growing increasingly confident that President Barack Obama may yet be a political mortal in 2012, a new name is emerging as a potential presidential contender: South Dakota Sen.

Strong earthquake hits Haiti

HAITI — A strong earthquake hit the impoverished country of Haiti on Tuesday afternoon, where a hospital collapsed and people were screaming for help. Other buildings also were damaged.

Tea partiers shell out big bucks for Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin’s appearance early next month at the first tea party movement’s convention in Nashville, Tenn., has stirred controversy in conservative circles over her reported decision to charge a substantial fee.

America slides deeper into depression as Wall Street revels

The labour force contracted by 661,000. This did not show up in the headline jobless rate because so many Americans dropped out of the system. The broad U6 category of unemployment rose to 17.3pc.

Former Kennedy seat surpisingly up for grabs

The policy differences between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown were as clear during last night’s debate as they have been throughout this short special-election campaign.

New Jersey assembly approves medical marijuana

The New Jersey Assembly approved a measure on Monday that would make the state the first in the region and the 14th in the nation to legalize the use of marijuana for medical reasons.

Mark McGwire admits to steroid use

UNDATED - Just four-and-a-half short years after his debacle at Capitol Hill, Mark McGwire is finally ready to talk about the past.

Dodd: Health care "hanging on by a thread"

It's not so much that Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd said health care reform's outcome could hinge on a couple of swing votes — everybody knows that — but rather how he said it.

Palin signs on with FOX news

UNDATED - A Fox News executive says the network will shortly announce that the former vice-presidential nominee is signing on as a contributor.