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Downturn forces more in US to rely on free food

In the richest nation on Earth, a rising number of people line up for free food because they are struggling to put meals on the table at home.

US Senator Casey endorses Obama

United States Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania on Friday endorsed Barack Obama's campaign for the Democratic nomination for president in a boost for the Illinois senator. Casey could help Obama win over some of the state's white, socially conservative, blue-collar voters, many of whom are unionised and fear economic uncertainty.

Richardson backs Obama in blow to Clinton

Senator Barack Obama won a coveted endorsement from fellow Democrat Bill Richardson on Friday as the State Department apologized for snooping into his passport files and those of his two main White House rivals. The decision by the Hispanic governor of New Mexico is a victory for Obama and could improve the Illinois Democrat's chances of winning over Latino voters.

Downtown Atlanta struck by tornado

A tornado hit downtown Atlanta on Friday night, causing several injuries and damaging buildings, including the roof of the Georgia Dome where thousands were watching a college basketball game, police and witnesses said. Nine people were taken to hospitals, one in serious condition, as a result of the heavy storm, police said.

US campus killings may restart gun debate

The killings at Virginia Tech university on Monday will stir fresh debate in the United States over gun control and what drives people to go on shooting rampages through schools and colleges. School shootings have prompted changes to school safety rules and sparked debate over the availability of guns.

Man charged in 1964 civil rights Mississippi murders

A man has been charged in connection with the murder of two black teenagers abducted and killed in Mississippi in 1964 at the height of the United States civil rights era, US officials said on Wednesday. James Seale was arrested in the case and charges against him were sealed, according to a US law enforcement official.

Castro’s health looms at summit of US foes

Cuban President Fidel Castro's state of health loomed over a summit of non-aligned nations on Friday at which Iran and other prominent opponents of United States policy sought to forge a united front. State television showed Castro standing up briefly to greet friend and ally Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan President, on Thursday.

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