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Sep 23, 2011, 5:22 p.m.

Olympian Carl Lewis quits state senate race in New Jersey

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Olympic track star Carl Lewis ended his run for the state senate in New Jersey on Friday after a federal appeals court ruled against him. Lewis, 50, winner of nine Olympic gold medals, told a press conference in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, that he would not appeal a decision issued on Thursday by a panel of the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Obama Los Angeles campaign office attacked

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's Los Angeles campaign office was attacked on Thursday night by someone smashing a window and parts of a glass door, prompting officials to reexamine security plans for his visit next week, police said on Friday. Campaign workers were in the West Los Angeles office when an unknown object or objects broke the front window and shattered portions of the glass front door, according to Los Angeles Police Department commander Andrew Smith. Nobody was injured during the attack, he said.

Obama's "Buffett tax" roils Congress tax debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Senator Charles Schumer urged quick action to raise taxes on the rich -- people like billionaire Warren Buffett -- he expected to face Republican opposition. But the hard-charging senator is also getting a tepid response from some fellow Democrats. The "Buffett rule" plan floated by President Barack Obama to raise taxes on those making more than $1 million a year might not be getting the traction Schumer had hoped.

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