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Gingrich’s ex-wife says he wanted an ‘open marriage’

BEAUFORT, S.C.-- In an up-and-down kind of campaign day, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich picked up an endorsement Thursday from former rival Rick Perry but also faced new accusations from one of his former wives that he had asked her permission to have an "open marriage" after ...

Perry drops out of presidential race; endorses Gingrich

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.— Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsed Newt Gingrich, adding a fresh layer of unpredictability to the campaign two days before the South Carolina primary."Newt is not perfect, but who among us ...

Romney had millions in offshore Cayman accounts

CHARLESTON, S.C.— Under duress two days before the pivotal South Carolina primary, Republican front-runner Mitt Romney acknowledged he has invested part of his millions in the Cayman Islands, although his aides say he never used the location as a tax haven.Neither Romney nor his campaign ...

Concerns in SC about Romney’s faith quieter but not gone

GREER, S.C.— The second time around, the shock has worn off.The prospect of a Mormon president appears to be less alien to South Carolina Republicans who are giving Mitt Romney a second look after his failed White House bid in 2008.Still, worries about his faith persist in a state where one ...

Romney rivals seek SC theme, champion to stop him

CHARLESTON, S.C. — With a week left to halt Mitt Romney from sweeping to a third straight victory, his GOP rivals are struggling in South Carolina for a theme, momentum and most crucially, one strong challenger to consolidate conservatives’ misgivings about the front-runner.The dynamics ...

Romney struggles on jobs claim

WASHINGTON-- After months of getting a pass on the subject from his rivals, Mitt Romney was challenged in the Republican presidential debate Saturday night on his frequent claims that he created great numbers of jobs in the private sector. Newt Gingrich, for one, said Romney's record as a ...

Giffords will soon face decision about future

WASHINGTON — The signals are strong. One year after being shot in the head, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is on a mission to return to the job she so clearly loved.Her husband and people near the three-term congresswoman say she is highly motivated to recover from her injuries and get back to work ...

Romney campaign fears complacency in New Hampshire

DERRY, N.H.-- Mitt Romney's biggest fear heading into Tuesday's New Hampshire primary is voter complacency, not Republican rivals Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum in a contest seen as his for the taking."Don't get too confident with those poll numbers. I watch polls come and go. Things change ...

Idaho could face penalties over health care reform

BOISE -- Idaho Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter cautioned lawmakers Thursday that the state could be penalized hundreds of millions of dollars if it refuses to go along with federal health care reform mandates.The governor's comments came in a meeting with reporters four days before the start of the ...

Warren Jeffs’ followers divided over loyalty orders

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- The New Year's deadline given to followers to prove their faithfulness to imprisoned polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs came and went, and the dust has yet to settle.Members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints had until Dec. 31 to show they ...