March 31, 2012 |
BEIRUT -- Clashes and shelling were reported across Syria on Friday, even as the former secretary-general of the United Nations said he expected an immediate cease-fire by President Bashar Assad's forces. At least 45 people were killed nationwide in the violence, according to the Local Coordination Committees, a coalition of opposition activist groups. The killings, including 14 in the northeast city of Dair Alzour and 12 in the central city of Homs, took place amid large protests across the country by activists demanding action in the Arab world in support of their cause.
January 18, 2012 |
Reporting from Santa Clara, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers didn't wear their heart on their sleeve this season. They wore it on their cover. At the start of training camp, defensive players received binders with Justin Smith on the cover along with the numbers 0-1. The 11-year defensive end had played in one postseason game in his career, a loss when he was playing for the Cincinnati Bengals. Explained Vic Fangio, San Francisco's defensive coordinator: "Our main goal from the first day of training camp was to get him back in the playoffs and get that goose egg off the board.
January 9, 2012 |
Mitt Romney may be getting a dose of his own medicine. Just hours before the first votes are cast in New Hampshire's primary, the front-running Republican's campaign is in damage-control mode. At issue are comments Romney made while speaking to the Nashua Chamber of Commerce Monday morning. Discussing healthcare, Romney said that allowing individuals to choose their own insurance companies would give them the flexibility to fire them if they didn't perform. "I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. You know, if someone doesn't give me the good service I need, I want to say, you know, I'm going to go get someone else to provide that service to me," Romney said.
January 5, 2012 |
When his opponents were pinned down in Iowa in a mad scramble for survival, Mitt Romney hopscotched to New Hampshire. Now that the presidential contest has moved to New Hampshire, Romney has leaped ahead to South Carolina. His moves are a daily demonstration of the advantages that money and organization have given the Republican front-runner, as his champagne-and-caviar operation takes on his caffeine-and-chips challengers. On Thursday, five days before the New Hampshire primary, Romney campaigned for votes both from the frigid north and, late in the day, South Carolina.
December 27, 2011 |
After more than three weeks of public protests over fraud allegations in Russia's parliamentary elections, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has made it clear that he will not accede to one of the principal demands of demonstrators. There will be no revote, he said Tuesday in televised remarks. "The elections are over … and the Duma [the parliament's lower house] is functioning," Putin declared. "All talks about any revision [of the election results] are impossible. " Putin, who is seeking a return to the presidency in March elections, also lashed out at leaders of the ongoing protests, saying they "display their weakness by resorting to insults.
December 19, 2011 |
Facing slipping poll numbers, an angry Newt Gingrich lashed out at his Republican presidential rivals Monday, calling their criticism of him "reprehensible" and helpful only to President Obama's reelection. Voters in Iowa have been swamped by nonstop television attack ads, robocalls and mailers from the campaigns and independent supporters of candidates Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Perry. Among the claims in the ads: that Gingrich is a serial hypocrite and flip-flopper on issues such as a health insurance mandate, and that he made $1.6 million working for Freddie Mac, the mortgage giant blamed by many Republicans for the economic collapse.