Obama to propose $300B jobs plan
The economy weak and the public seething, President Barack Obama is expected to propose $300 billion in tax cuts and federal spending Thursday night to get Americans working again. Republicans offered Tuesday to compromise with him on jobs — but also assailed his plans in advance of his prime-time speech. In effect, Obama will be hitting cleanup on a shortened holiday week, with Republican White House contender Mitt Romney releasing his jobs proposals Tuesday and front-running Texas Gov. Rick Perry hoping to join his presidential rivals tonight on a nationally televised debate stage for the first time.
Gadhafi loyalists flee to Niger in convoy
Convoys of Moammar Gadhafi loyalists, including his security chief, fled across the Sahara into Niger on Tuesday in a move that Libya’s former rebels hoped could help lead to the surrender of his last strongholds.
Still, efforts to negotiate the peaceful hand-over of one of the most crucial of those bastions, the city of Bani Walid, proved difficult.
Some former rebels depicted the flight to Niger as a major exodus of Gadhafi’s most hard-core backers. But confirmed information on the number and identity of those leaving was scarce as the convoy made its way across the vast swath of desert — over 1,000 miles — between populated areas on the two sides of the border.
Gadhafi himself is not in the convoys, the U.S. State Department said
Teen girl loses legs while train hopping
A 17-year-old girl whose legs were severed while trying to hop a freight train was trying to get back to Fort Collins, Colo., where she attends Colorado State University, after a trip to Denver, police said Tuesday.
The teen’s legs were detached at the knee when she fell under the train Monday in Longmont, Colo., about 30 miles north of Denver and 30 miles south of Fort Collins.
Her parents identified the girl as Anna Beninati in a statement released through Denver Health, which lists her in serious condition. Beninati’s parents live in Sandy, Utah, Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur said Tuesday.
Adult smoking rate edges down slightly
Fewer U.S. adults are smoking, and those who do light up are smoking fewer cigarettes each day, but the trend is weaker than the government had hoped.
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday, 19.3 percent of adults said they smoked last year, down from about 21 percent in 2005. The rate for smoking 30 or more cigarettes daily dropped to about 8 percent from almost 13 percent during the same time period.
US civilian killed in Afghanistan
An American civilian working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was kidnapped from his Afghanistan power plant and strangled to death, officials and family members said Tuesday, a rare incident despite widespread violence.
Carrie Hughes told The Associated Press that military officers came to her house near Charleston, S.C., on Monday to inform her that her father, James W. “Will” Coker, had been killed.
It was not known who killed the American worker or under what circumstances he was abducted.
Coker was only the third Pentagon civilian killed in 10 years of war in Afghanistan, said Maj. Monica Matoush, a Defense Department spokeswoman.