- - Monday, May 2, 2011

WHITE HOUSE

Obama honors fallen soldiers

President Obama has bestowed the nation’s highest military honor on two Army privates killed during the Korean War.

Mr. Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Anthony T. Kaho’ohanohano of Hawaii and Henry Svehla of New Jersey during a somber ceremony Monday at the White House.

Kaho’ohanohano was in charge of a machine-gun squad on Sept. 1, 1951, when enemy forces overwhelmed them. He gathered up grenades and fought the enemy alone until his ammunition ran out, then by hand until he was killed.

Svehla, a rifleman, charged enemy positions when his platoon came under heavy fire on June 12, 1952. He was mortally wounded after throwing himself on a grenade.

GOP

Romney to skip presidential debate

Likely Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is skipping the first debate with potential rivals in South Carolina this week, an aide said Monday.

Mr. Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, had been coy about whether he would attend Thursday’s debate in Greenville, S.C., which is being sponsored jointly by the South Carolina Republican Party and Fox News.

An aide said the Republican race was still getting started and that Mr. Romney is still not an announced candidate. The Republican race has been slow to start in the battle to pick a nominee to face President Obama in 2012.

Mr. Romney, arguably the front-runner in the Republican field, attended an event in New Hampshire last Friday with four other potential candidates.

At that event, Mr. Romney defended a health care policy he helped develop for Massachusetts that conservatives oppose and Democrats like to say Mr. Obama used as a model for his overhaul.

CALIFORNIA

Court hears birth lawsuit

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