Nation Briefs

Maryland

Doctor wins Green Party’s presidential nomination

BALTIMORE – A doctor who ran against Mitt Romney for Massachusetts governor a decade ago won the chance to challenge him again Saturday, this time as the Green Party’s presidential nominee.

Jill Stein, an internist from Lexington, Mass., blasted both Romney and President Barack Obama, saying both had become too dependent on donations from corporations in order to acquire office at the expense of the nation’s citizens.

Stein acknowledged that her candidacy is a super long shot. Still, she said a growing number of people are expressing frustration with the two major political parties, and she cited the Occupy Wall Street movement as an example of that.

Stein won 193.5 delegates, compared to 72 for comedian Roseanne Barr, who did not attend.

Washington, D.C.

Obama presses Congress to pass his tax plan

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is prodding Congress to “skip the unnecessary drama” and pass his proposal to extend Bush-era tax cuts to families earning less than $250,000 a year but not for those who earn more.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama denounced what he calls “needless delays” and “partisan posturing.”

He pushed the idea hard all last week, but congressional Republicans didn’t buy it.

Obama said that will “hold the vast majority of Americans and our entire economy hostage.”

In the Republican address, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio said Obama’s proposal would punish many small-business owners who report business profits as personal income.

He said that raising taxes on job creators “makes about as much sense as cutting off the water supply during a drought.”

Family fears for U.S. pastor abducted in Egypt

BOSTON – The family of a Boston pastor abducted in Egypt is appealing to his captor to release the 61-year-old man, saying he is a diabetic and the family fears for his health.

The son of Rev. Michel Louis said Saturday that his father was on a church group trip to retrace Jesus’ steps through the Holy Land when he was abducted. Along with him, a 39-year-old Boston woman in the group and a tour guide were kidnapped Friday when an Egyptian Bedouin stopped their bus on a road linking Cairo to Mount Sinai.

Louis’ son, Rev. Jean Louis, said the family is concerned about all three and does not want to discuss communications with the U.S. government so as not to jeopardize their chances for release.

Alabama

Assassin never admitted, Columbia University says

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A man from Uzbekistan who got more than 15 years in prison for threatening to assassinate the president claims he was once accepted to Columbia University’s medical school.

The university says they have no record of him being admitted.

What’s at stake is the credibility of Ulugbek Kodirov as he helps investigators of terror threats against the United States.

While Kodirov’s defense attorney says his client believes he was accepted to Columbia, he says there could be a misunderstanding because of a language barrier.

Kodirov was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to plotting to kill the president. He was communicating with an Islamic group in his native country, and his sentence was reduced in part because he agreed to help authorities investigate them.

Associated Press