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November 5, 2010 | By Don Lee and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. economy last month unexpectedly produced the biggest burst of new jobs since last spring, raising hopes of stronger hiring ahead and giving a boost to President Obama as he embarked on a 10-day Asian trip that will focus on creating new opportunities for American workers. Yet despite the addition of 151,000 new jobs in October, the nation's unemployment rate remained stuck at 9.6% for the third month in a row. And, welcome as the new jobs were, they still suggested a long, pain-filled road ahead.
January 22, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
One of British Prime Minister David Cameron's closest advisors resigned Friday amid a stubborn scandal over a tabloid newspaper's alleged attempts to hack into the cellphones of politicians, celebrities and aides to the royal family. The resignation of communications director Andy Coulson, a member of the inner circle at 10 Downing St., was an embarrassing blow for Cameron as he gears up for a year of brutal spending cuts and other difficult challenges facing his coalition government.
November 25, 2010 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
As Thanksgiving has approached, the Salvation Army in Compton has been overwhelmed with requests for turkeys from families that cannot afford them. But the organization has been hit hard by the same drop in donations that has plagued charities across the country. Capt. Ezekiel Guevara said he started the week with just one turkey in his freezer, far short of the 150 he was able to hand out last year and nowhere near the 500 he hoped to give to needy families this year. Guevara's story made the local news.
July 26, 2010 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
It began as a fleck of brown on a leaf. Then several leaves curled and died. Soon the sickness spread. The Mother Vine, believed to be the nation's oldest cultivated grapevine, was in distress. Planted about 400 years ago, most likely by Croatan Indians or Sir Walter Raleigh's settlers, the vine has survived hurricanes, nor'easters and suburbanization. Now it had been brought low by that scourge of modernity, chemical weedkiller. A power company contractor removing brush from power poles in late May had accidentally sprayed the most famous planting along North Carolina's Outer Banks.
April 2, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
The news that unemployment dropped again amid signs that the economy is gaining steam arrives at a perilous moment for the GOP, which has fashioned much of its political message around the argument that President Obama's policies suppress job growth. According to the Labor Department, the jobless rate has dropped a full percentage point — to 8.8% — since November 2010, coincidentally when the GOP made its major gains in Congress and seized control of the House. Key Republicans reacted Friday by saying the numbers were good, but not good enough.
May 31, 2012 | By Seema Mehta and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times
FREMONT, Calif. - Politics often feels like a carnival sideshow. Thursday was one of those days. Mitt Romney and aides to President Obama held competing news conferences on opposite sides of the nation, each aimed at establishing a layered and damaging narrative about the opponent and illustrating why he is incompetent to right the nation's economy. The events were a small preview of a general election battle that will be waged in person and on airwaves across the nation.
April 4, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi
Iranian scientists have submitted plans to start work on at least one new nuclear facility by September, a top official was quoted as saying Saturday, in a move that could inflame tensions with the West. Ali Akbar Salehi, who oversees Iran's complex of nuclear installations, told the semiofficial Iranian Labor News Agency that his Atomic Energy Organization has taken steps to commission "one or two" new sites pending the approval of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He said the new installations were in line with a 2009 policy to expand the nation's nuclear technology infrastructure.
October 24, 2011
ROBERT C. PIERPOINT CBS News correspondent covered six presidents Robert C. Pierpoint, 86, a CBS News correspondent who covered six presidents, the Korean War, the Kennedy assassination and the Iranian hostage crisis in a career that spanned more than four decades, died Saturday of complications from surgery at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, his family said. The Santa Barbara resident had broken his hip Oct. 12. After making his name covering the Korean War — a role he reprised when he provided his radio voice for the widely watched final episode of "MASH" in 1983 — Pierpoint became a White House correspondent during the Eisenhower administration, a position he would hold through the Carter administration.
February 8, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas
Fresh off her speech to the Tea Party Convention, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Sunday left open the possibility that she would run for president in 2012 and asserted that President Obama would lose if the election were held today. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Palin was asked about a recent poll that showed her topping a field of potential Republican candidates by 5 percentage points. She told interviewer Chris Wallace that she would run for the 2012 GOP nomination "if I believed that that is the right thing to do for our country and for the Palin family."
November 2, 2010 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Sen. Harry Reid strolled into Nevada Democratic Party headquarters just before lunch Tuesday to thank volunteers busily phoning voters who had yet to cast their ballots. He handed a small loaf of banana nut bread wrapped in yellow cellophane to Ruth Fuggins, though she wasn't exactly sure why. Fuggins, a 66-year-old retired bank supervisor, has been volunteering for the Democrat's campaign for about a year, but doesn't know Reid personally. Regardless, she was touched by the somewhat awkward gesture: Reid isn't a show boater and Fuggins appreciated that.
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