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Published May 17, 2011


The White House is threatening to hold up final passage of three coveted free trade agreements unless lawmakers expand retraining assistance for American workers who lose their jobs because of foreign competition. The move comes as administration officials begin talks on Capitol Hill to finalize the agreements the White House reached to expand trade with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. President Barack Obama has said the deals are an integral part of his economic agenda, and the pacts have broad Republican support.


Watch on Muslin men is dropped

The federal government has ended a counterterrorism program created after of the Sept. 11 attacks that required males 16 and older from Muslim nations or North Korea living in the United Statesto register, be interviewed and fingerprinted. The program has affected more than 80,000 men already in the United States. Nearly 13,800 residents were investigated, and 2,870 were later deported. But no one was charged with terrorism.

Another woman accuses IMF chief

The lawyer for a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn nine years ago says she wants to file a legal complaint against the International Monetary Fund chief. Lawyer David Koubbi says Tristane Banon did not file suit earlier due to "pressures" she face over the alleged 2002 sexual assault by Strauss-Kahn and was dissuaded by her mother, a regional Socialist official. The IMF chief - a possible Socialist contender in France's 2012 presidential race - was denied bail in New York after being accused of a weekend sexual assault against a hotel maid.


LAS VEGAS: After 45 years, Jerry Lewis announced Monday that he is retiring as host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Labor Day telethon after this year. He's 85.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.:A federal judge ruled Monday there is no constitutional right to carry a hidden gun in public, a setback to gun rights advocates who challenged a California law on issuing concealed weapons permits.

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