Gadhafi vows ‘long war’ after US, allies strike

By HADEEL AL-SHALCHI and RYAN LUCAS, Associated Press Hadeel Al-shalchi And Ryan Lucas, Associated Press – 42 mins ago TRIPOLI, Libya – Anti-aircraft fire erupted in the Libyan capital on Sunday, marking the start of a second night of international strikes as a defiant Moammar Gadhafi vowed a “long war.” The U.S. military said the allied bombardment…

Labor in full roar again, but it’s not the same

By CALVIN WOODWARD and SAM HANANEL, Associated Press Calvin Woodward And Sam Hananel, Associated Press – Sat Mar 19, 2:25 pm ET WASHINGTON – Labor is roaring again, like in the old days. But it’s a wounded sound now. In the bitter aftermath of a showdown with Wisconsin’s governor, and as other states move to weaken public employee bargaining…

Japan cites radiation in milk, spinach near plant

By SHINO YUASA and ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press Shino Yuasa And Eric Talmadge, Associated Press – Sat Mar 19, 4:52 pm ET FUKUSHIMA, Japan – In the first sign that contamination from Japan’s stricken nuclear complex had seeped into the food chain, officials said Saturday that radiation levels in spinach and milk from farms near the tsunami-crippled facility exceeded…

Allies launch Libya force as Gadhafi hits rebels

BENGHAZI, Libya – The U.S. and European nations pounded Moammar Gadhafi’s forces and air defenses with cruise missiles and airstrikes Saturday, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war in support of an uprising that had seemed on the verge of defeat. The longtime Libyan leader vowed to defend his country from what…

Michigan passes ‘financial martial law’ bill

By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/16/11 7:37 AM EDT Michigan legislators have approved a bill authorizing state-appointed emergency financial managers to break union contracts that struggling cities and school districts have with their workers. Following up on the state Senate’s passage of the bill last week, the House passed the bill 62-48 on Tuesday, sending the…

Obama endorses military action to stop Gadhafi

WASHINGTON – After weeks of hesitation and divisions among his advisers, President Barack Obama on Friday endorsed military action against Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, saying U.S. values and credibility are at stake to stop “the potential for mass murder” of innocents. The U.S. military, which is already stretched thin by two wars and an expanding effort…

Can Atheists and Believers Form a Duet?

Pope to Address “Courtyard of the Gentiles” VATICAN CITY, MARCH 18, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The president of the Pontifical Council for Culture is giving more details about the project Benedict XVI entrusted it in order to foster dialogue with non-believers. Today in the Vatican press office, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi spoke about the official launch of the…

Economy, Gas, Partisanship and War Gang Up on Confidence in Government

Confidence in the U.S. System of Government Drops to a 35-Year Low ANALYSIS By GARY LANGER March 15, 2011 Confidence in the U.S. system of government has dropped to a new low in more than 35 years, with public attitudes burdened by continued economic discontent, soaring gasoline prices, record opposition to the war in Afghanistan…

New tensions mar U.S. optimism on “Arab spring”

Few Washington policymakers had any illusions that the sense of new, if tentative, possibility that greeted the wave of pro-democracy popular uprisings in the Middle East would be free of complications, setbacks and risks. Still, Washington seemed taken by surprise as long-time ally Saudi Arabia sent 2,000 troops and the United Arab Emirates some 500…

The world’s strongest earthquakes and tsunamis

The world’s strongest earthquakes and tsunamis Eds: Adds world’s strongest quakes; Edits headlines. Associated Press — March 11, 2011: A magnitude 8.9 quake strikes off the northeast coast of Japan, sending a tsunami across the Pacific and killing a still-undetermined number of people. — October 2010: A volcanic eruption and a tsunami kill more than…