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Obama returns to Fort Hood for second memorial service in five years

By Steve Holland and Lisa Maria Garza FORT HOOD, Texas (Reuters) - As the U.S. flag snapped at half-staff in a stiff breeze, President Barack Obama for the second time in five years attended a solemn memorial service on Wednesday for victims of a tragic shooting at Fort Hood Army base.

LBJ comparisons rankle as Obama heads to Texas

Barack Obama may finally lay to rest unflattering comparisons with Lyndon Johnson on Thursday, 50 years after his towering predecessor forced the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed racial discrimination, into law. America's first black president will make a keynote address at the Johnson library in Texas at a civil rights summit also drawing former leaders Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The quickest way to exasperate an Obama aide is to compare their boss's often criticized political skills to those of LBJ, president between 1963 and 1969.

Obama to mark U.S. civil rights law that paved way for his presidency

By Steve Holland and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama this week celebrates the civil rights advances of 50 years ago which laid the groundwork for him to become the first black president, but his own record in making life better for the African-American community that catalyzed his election is mixed.

Ted Kennedy Jr. announces run for Connecticut state senate seat

By Richard Weizel BRANFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Ted Kennedy Jr., son of the late Democratic senator from Massachusetts, Edward Kennedy, announced on Tuesday that he would run for a seat in the Connecticut state senate, his first run for political office. Kennedy, also the nephew of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, declared his candidacy at the Blackstone Library in Branford, Connecticut, the town near New Haven where he has lived with his family for more than two decades.

Obama bypasses Congress to promote equal pay for women

Washington, Apr 8 (EFE).- President Barack Obama resorted Tuesday to an executive order to oblige federal contractors to provide equal pay for women who currently earn less than their male counterparts. The fact that on average a woman is paid 77 cents for every $1 paid to a man is "wrong" in 2014, Obama said during a White House event. "And this is not just an issue of fairness. It's also a family issue and an economic issue, because women make up about half of our workforce and they're increasingly the breadwinners for a whole lot of families out there," he said.

Kerry says willing to take blame for U.S. foreign policy failures

By Arshad Mohammed and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry bristled at fierce criticism from U.S. senators on Tuesday, saying he would accept blame for foreign policy failures but was at least trying to make progress on Middle East peace and the crises in Syria and Ukraine.

Senate passes insurance extension for longterm jobless

The US Senate voted Monday to restore unemployment benefits for nearly three million Americans, sending the legislation to the House of Representatives, where the emergency aid is opposed by many Republicans. The legislation retroactively restores payments, averaging about $300 per week, for some 2.8 million people from the end of last year, when the benefits to the longterm unemployed were cut off, and extends them five months, until June 1. Six Republicans joined the Democratic majority in voting for the benefits, which lawmakers have jousted over for four months.

Senate votes to extend jobless benefits; faces divided House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led U.S. Senate passed a bill on Monday to restore expired jobless benefits for 2.4 million Americans who have been out of work for at least six months. President Barack Obama quickly responded by urging the Republican-led House of Representatives to give the measure final approval so he can sign it into law. "The Senate just took action on a bipartisan bill" to renew unemployment insurance Obama said in a Twitter message. "It's up to the House to follow suit."

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___ End of Windows XP support spells trouble for some NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger. An estimated 30 per cent of computers being used by businesses and consumers around the world are still running the 12-year-old operating system.

Ted Kennedy Jr. to seek seat in Connecticut state legislature

(Reuters) - Ted Kennedy Jr., the son of the late Democratic Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy, will run for a seat in the Connecticut Senate, a Democratic source familiar with his plans said on Monday. Kennedy, 52, is expected to declare his candidacy on Tuesday at a library in Branford, Connecticut, the town near New Haven where he lives. It will be his first try for political office. Kennedy is also a nephew of assassinated President John F. Kennedy. The Democrat who represents the district, Edward Meyer, is retiring.
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