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Mr. Thune said he is looking at how he can best serve the country. He said there is a “big opportunity” on a national scale but added he isn’t rushing to run.

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Kucinich sues over olive pit

Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio is suing a congressional cafeteria for dental damage he says he suffered after biting into an olive pit in a sandwich wrap he bought there.

Mr. Kucinich’s attorney, Andrew Young, declined to comment Wednesday on the lawsuit seeking $150,000 in damages from companies involved with the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria. A spokesman in Mr. Kucinich’s congressional office also declined to comment.

The civil suit filed earlier this month in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia said the wrap “contained dangerous substances, namely an olive pit,” that a consumer would not reasonably expect to find in the product served. The suit said that Mr. Kucinich suffered “serious and permanent” dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgical and dental procedures.

Mr. Kucinich’s lawsuit said the Ohio Democrat bought the sandwich on or about April 17, 2008. He is seeking damages for “past and future medical and dental expenses, compensation for pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment and other damages.”

The liberal congressman made an unsuccessful bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

INTERIOR

Rules would cut coal mining jobs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. | The Obama administration’s own experts estimate their proposal for protecting streams from coal mining would eliminate thousands of jobs and slash production across much of the country, according to a government document obtained by the Associated Press.

The office of surface mining reclamation and enforcement document says the agency’s preferred rules would impose standards for water quality and restrictions on mining methods that would affect the quality or quantity of streams near coal mines. The rules are supposed to replace Bush-era regulations that set up buffer zones around streams and were aimed chiefly at mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia.

The proposal - part of a draft environmental impact statement - would affect coal mines from Louisiana to Alaska.

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