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BEIRUT (AP) — Sen. John McCain says it's time anti-government forces in Syria are given "the wherewithal to fight back and stop the slaughter." But he says he doesn't support direct U.S. weapons supplies to opposition forces. Instead, he's suggesting that the Arab League or others help bolster the fighting power of the groups opposed to President Bashar Assad.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is promising to revive manufacturing, cut taxes and shrink government. His pledges today drew loud applause from conservative Michigan voters. They say his message of religious and social conservatism is also more in line with their values than native son and rival Mitt Romney. The Michigan primary is Feb. 28.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released financial reports show Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign raised $5.5 million last month. They show Gingrich had about $1.8 million in the bank at the end of January. Gingrich's candidacy is being helped financially by an outside "super" political action committee. The super PAC raised $11 million, nearly all from a wealthy friend of Gingrich's.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police estimate more than a thousand people, most of them women, locked arms and stood mute outside the Virginia State Capitol today to protest a wave of anti-abortion legislation coursing through the General Assembly. The bills would define embryos as humans and criminalize their destruction, require "transvaginal" ultrasounds of women seeking abortions, and cut state aid to poor women seeking abortions.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The first man to set foot on the moon says fellow astronaut John Glenn was "no ordinary pilot." At a gala in Ohio marking the 50th anniversary of Glenn's historic orbital flight, Neil Armstrong said there was a need for leadership in the space program back then and Glenn "literally rose to the occasion."

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