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Monday, Feb. 6, 2012

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The historic U.S. Supreme Court battle over President Barack Obama's signature health-care legislation -- with 5 1/2 hours of arguments planned over three days on a matter that affects every American and may influence the 2012 elections -- will test the justices' refusal to allow live broadcasts of their proceedings.

Ron Paul, trailing in delegates needed for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, could be positioning himself to force his party to accept changes in the way the Federal Reserve operates. The Texas congressman is attracting an expanding base of supporters passionate about his plainspoken message of sapping government power in favor of individual freedom. It's not enough to make him his party's standard bearer, say Republican strategists, yet if he follows through on a promise to remain in the race and collect delegates until the party's convention in August, he could gain the clout needed to highlight his signature goal of curtailing the power of the central bank.

Republican voters are beginning to coalesce around the presidential candidacy of front-runner Mitt Romney, even as his opponents vow to continue their campaigns into a series of contests this month and beyond.

Denmark's credit crunch is getting worse as businesses accuse banks of withholding funds and the financial regulator warns that deteriorating asset quality may put more lenders out of business.

Treasury 30-year securities dropped for a fourth day as the U.S. prepares to auction $72 billion in notes and bonds this week.

A Georgia law barring the advertisement of services related to assisted suicide is an unconstitutional violation of free-speech rights, the state's Supreme Court ruled.

AP Top Stories

President Obama said the U.S. has a "very good estimate" of when Iran could complete work on a nuclear weapon, but cautioned that there are still many unanswered questions about Tehran's inner workings.

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake destroyed buildings, triggered landslides burying dozens of houses, trapping residents, in the central Philippines. At least 15 people were killed and 29 missing.

Tributes poured in to Queen Elizabeth II on Monday as she marked 60 years on the throne with a message vowing to continue serving the British people.

Ignoring a U.S. threat to cut off aid, Egypt has referred 19 Americans and 24 other employees of nonprofit groups to trial before a criminal court on accusations they illegally used foreign funds to foment unrest in the country.

A second term for President Obama would allow him to expand his replacement of Republican-appointed majorities with Democratic ones on the nation's appeals courts, the final stop for almost all challenged federal court rulings.

Lawmakers, who came to Washington demanding budget cuts face a tough test now that President Obama and military leaders want to shrink the force, shut down bases and cancel weapons to achieve them.

For the first time in nearly two decades of escalating tensions over Iran's nuclear program, world leaders are genuinely concerned that an Israeli military attack on the Islamic Republic could be imminent - an action that many fear might trigger a wider war, terrorism and global economic havoc.

BBC

Heavy artillery fire rocked the restive Syrian city of Homs, in what anti-government activists are calling one of the fiercest assaults yet.

A 3D printer-created lower jaw has been fitted to an 83-year-old woman's face in what doctors say is the first operation of its kind. The transplant was carried out in June in the Netherlands, but is only now being publicized. The implant was made out of titanium powder - heated and fused together by a laser, one layer at a time.

Mexico's governing conservative party selected its first woman candidate to run in the country's presidential election.

Somalia started a major operation to remove tens of thousands of people who have been squatting in government buildings in the capital.

Roman Catholic leaders are in Rome for an unprecedented summit on how the church should tackle the sexual abuse of children by priests.

WND

President Obama is "running up the white flag" of surrender to the Taliban by ending combat missions in Afghanistan in 2013, contends former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton. Bolton also says he's concerned Obama's re-election will "gravely impair" what he described as an already "seriously weakened" U.S. national security.

The Iranian government, through a website proxy, has laid out the legal and religious justification for the destruction of Israel and the slaughter of its people. The doctrine includes wiping out Israeli assets and Jewish people worldwide.

The Russian military is looking at what it calls "sixth generation" warfare technology, which in effect is "no-contact warfare," that will form the basis for upcoming Russian military reforms, analysts explain in a report in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. The term "sixth generation warfare" first was coined by the late Major-Gen. Vladimir Slipchenko for the use of precision strike weapons systems that could make the massing of large forces, as in a conventional war, obsolete.

Called the "Budget or Bust" Act, Georgia Congressman Paul Broun's recently submitted bill demands just that. No budget, no paycheck for Congress. HR 3883 would remove the president from the budget process, which is what Broun says the country's Founders intended anyway.

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