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Cash-strapped University of California may spend millions on president's residence

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - As Janet Napolitano prepares to lead the cash-strapped University of California, the Board of Regents voted Wednesday to take first steps toward a possible multi-million dollar repair of a decaying mansion to house the system's presidents.

Napolitano to step down as U.S. Homeland Security chief

Washington, Jul 12 (EFE).- Janet Napolitano announced Friday her resignation as U.S. secretary of Homeland Security after more than 4 1/2 years in the post. The former Arizona governor was the first woman to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Napolitano, 55, reported her decision to President Barack Obama a month ago and plans to leave the post in early September, according to official sources cited by ABC News. She is leaving the Cabinet to become president of the University of California system.

US Homeland Security chief resigns

US Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano said Friday she was resigning to take up a job in academia, opening up a surprise vacancy in President Barack Obama's cabinet. Napolitano, a former governor of Arizona, said she was being nominated as the president of the University of California, and had served as Homeland Security secretary since Obama took office in 2009. "I thank President Obama for the chance to serve our nation during this important chapter in our history," Napolitano said in a statement.

Obama congratulates Napolitano on re-election

President Barack Obama congratulated Italian counterpart Giorgio Napolitano upon his successful re-election on Saturday, praising the 87-year-old's "extraordinary leadership." Napolitano was re-elected by Italian lawmakers in a desperate bid to end a deadlock on forming a new government. "I congratulate President Giorgio Napolitano on his re-election as President of Italy," Obama said in a statement. "For seven years, President Napolitano has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in Italy, in Europe, and around the world.

Italian President Napolitano elected for second term

ROME (Reuters) - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano was elected for a second term on Saturday following a last minute deal among party chiefs to break the deadlock after five previous ballots failed to produce a winner. With the support of all major parties except the 5-Star Movement, Napolitano easily won the vote, which required more than 50 percent of votes in a special sitting of both houses of parliament.

Election of Italy president opens door to new government

By Naomi O'Leary and Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - The re-election of Italy's president has raised the prospect of an end to the two months of political stalemate that have followed the general election, with a move to form a government foreseen within days. A broad agreement between traditional political groups on the left and right to re-elect Giorgio Napolitano handed the 87-year-old the leverage to pressure opposing parties to form a government or face a snap election.

Biden, in Rome for pope's inauguration, meets Napolitano

US Vice President Joe Biden traded quips Monday with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on the eve of a grand mass to inaugurate Pope Francis. "I didn't realise you'd arrange for a new pope so quickly," Biden joked, prompting Napolitano to reply: "They are quicker than Italian politics." Italy remains locked in a political stalemate since February 24-25 elections failed to produce a clear winner. Napolitano, 87, will begin meeting party leaders on Wednesday with a view to forming a government and ending the impasse.

Italian president says forming new gov't cannot be rushed

BERLIN, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said on Thursday that the formation of a new government could not be rushed because of what he said were unfounded fears that Italy was a threat to the stability of Europe. Napolitano told reporters during a visit to Berlin that the Italian constitution requires 20 days between elections - which were held on Sunday and Monday - and the new parliament sitting for the first time.

UPDATE 3-U.S. Secret Service chief retiring this month -spokesman

* Obama thanks Sullivan for service * Director retires after three decades (Updates with Obama statement) By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, whose agency was embroiled in a scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia, will retire this month, a spokesman said on Friday.
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