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Number of companies that have halted advertising with Limbaugh grows to 7

The number of advertisers who have at least temporarily cut ties with Rush Limbaugh grew to seven on Sunday in the aftermath of the conservative radio host’s self-described “insulting word choices” about a 30-year-old female law student.

Some say Obama re-election fears may be driving gun sales

Enthusiasts are stocking up on guns and ammunition, and some in the industry are wondering whether sales are spiking as they did after Democrat Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008.

That rush created a nationwide shortage.

Romney’s quest for White House began years ago, costing $200 million

WASHINGTON — Since first setting eyes on the White House, Mitt Romney and his backers have spent over $200 million — including $44.6 million of his fortune — on a seven-year quest for the Republican presidential nomination.

Rebels in Syrian city are surrounded, braced for assault

QUSAYR, Syria — This city of 35,000 is largely empty. Seven miles from the Lebanese border, it is the last rebel stronghold in this part of Syria.

Obama, Netanyahu face struggle over Iran “red lines”

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are deeply at odds over how fast the clock is ticking toward possible military action against Iran’s nuclear program, and their talks on Monday are unlikely to change that.

Are Tax Breaks The Right Move For Manufacturing?

The White House says restoring the U.S. manufacturing sector is an essential part of getting the economy back on track.

GOP candidate Rick Santorum wants to see tax breaks for manufacturing companies, and the Obama administration proposed something similar last week. But economists say tax breaks may not be the best way to help manufacturers right now.

Anti-mining crusade mushes through Duluth

Frank Moe, a former Minnesota legislator turned courier with a cause, will leave Duluth today behind a team of panting dogs pulling for the state Capitol. His sled will be stuffed with petitions signed by about 10,000 people concerned by the threat of water pollution a new form of mining in Minnesota could unleash.

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