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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law for gay personnel is slated to run out as scheduled on Tuesday, the armed forces said, ending a 17-year rule fraught with controversy.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – President Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations' top official on Monday he would seek full U.N. membership for a Palestinian state, a move the United States and Israel warn could lead to disaster and shatter chances for resuming peace negotiations.

The federal judge handling the case against the so-called "underwear bomber" just handed the Obama administration a major victory in their approach to Miranda rights for terror suspects, endorsing their interpretation of the public safety exception.

U.S. District Court Judge Nancy G. Edmunds ruled that the government could use statements that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly made before he was advised of his Miranda rights in his upcoming trial.

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Soldiers opposed to President Ali Abdullah Saleh have reached a ceasefire with government forces, an opposition source said on Monday, after fierce gun battles erupted during a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

Full transcript of President Obama's "Buffett Tax" address, as prepared for delivery:

This continues to be a time of challenge for our country. We face an economic crisis that has left millions of our neighbors jobless, and a political crisis that has made things worse. Millions of Americans are looking for work. Across our country, families are doing their best just to scrape by -- giving up nights out with the family to save on gas or make the mortgage, or postponing retirement to send a child to college.

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Linda McMahon, the former chief executive officer of World Wrestling Entertainment, is getting ready to rumble again for a U.S. Senate seat. Last time, it was the seat the then-Sen. Chris Dodd held. This time it is for the seat that U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman will vacate at the end of this term.

According to a survey of cable news networks compiled by Poll Position, a new non-partisan internet polling site, a plurality of Americans prefer Fox News over both CNN and MSNBC. 36.1% of the 1,180 respondents picked the conservative network, while 27.8% chose CNN and only 16.6% preferred MSNBC. The remaining 19.5% of respondents had no opinion on the matter.

The numbers reinforce the widely held belief that conservatives prefer Fox News, with 61.9% of them choosing the network. Interestingly, a plurality of independents preferred Fox News as well.

Fox News was preferred by a plurality of viewers across all age groups with the notable exception of those aged 18-29. Just over 39% of the youngest respondents felt that CNN was ‘best’ compared to 19.8% percent choosing MSNBC and 16.7% choosing Fox News.

RENO, Nev (Reuters) – A 10th person has died from injuries sustained when a World War Two-era fighter crashed nose-down near the grandstands at a Nevada air race last week, a hospital said on Monday.

BANI WALID/SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s interim government said on Monday its forces had seized the airport and fort in Sabha, one of the last strongholds of forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi which also controls the main route south out of Libya.