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“They are representative of the sacrifices and that quiet courage that exists among law enforcement officers all across the country and their families,” Mr. Obama said in a Rose Garden ceremony.

Recipients included 15 members of the Detroit Police Department who confronted a gunman who opened fire in a local precinct station; five Las Vegas officers who stopped an assailant who shot an officer at a Wal-Mart; and five New York City police detectives who rescued two cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who had become disoriented while rock climbing.

Other award winners hailed from Los Angeles; Miami; Chicago; Woburn, Mass.; Paramus, N.J.; Copley, Ohio; and Chattanooga, Tenn.

It was Mr. Obama’s first joint appearance with Mr. Biden since the vice president, according to aides, apologized to the president for pushing gay marriage to the forefront of the presidential campaign and inadvertently pressuring Mr. Obama to declare his support for same-sex unions.

Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden were all smiles as they walked to the sun-splashed ceremony together. Introducing Mr. Obama, Mr. Biden credited the president’s commitment to law enforcement and the two quickly embraced before Mr. Obama spoke.


Betty White reveals her presidential preference

Betty White says she usually keeps her political views private but in this presidential election strongly favors one candidate.

As she prepares to visit the Smithsonian Institution and National Zoo next week, Miss White told the Associated Press she “very, very much favors” President Obama in the election.

The 90-year-old actress said Friday she is very bipartisan and has stayed away from politics all of her life. She usually never says who she is for or against because she doesn’t want to turn off any of her adoring fans.

Miss White said in this year’s election, she likes what Mr. Obama has done and “how he represents us.”

Her comments come after Hollywood turned out at George Clooney’s home to raise $15 million for Mr. Obama’s re-election, a record for a single fundraiser.


Agency delays rules meant to ease sunscreen confusion

Sunscreen confusion won’t be over before summer after all. The government is bowing to industry requests for more time to make clear how much protection their brands really offer against skin cancer.

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