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October 30, 2007

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Oct 30,2007
An Ashland physician was sentenced this week to ten months’ imprisonment for willfully failing to file income tax returns.  U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown imposed the sentence on Franklin H. Ross, Jr., M.D., 63, following his plea of guilty in August to willfully failing to file a federal income tax return for 2003.  He will begin serving his sentence in late January 2008. In April 2007, a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment ... [full story]
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Oct 30,2007
WASHINGTON -- Spending on U.S. intelligence activities more than doubled in the last decade to above $50 billion in 2007, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell was to make public the amount of the fiscal 2007 spending at the urging of Congress and the Sept. 11 commission, formed after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, the Post reported, noting the amount previously has been classified.McConnell was expected to disclose that ... [full story]
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Oct 30,2007
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday began hearing an appeal of a Florida man arrested for possession of child pornography.Michael Williams of Key Largo, Fla., was arrested in May 2004 after he allegedly took part in several exchanges with an undercover agent in an adult chat room on the Internet.In 2003, Congress allowed agents to arrest anyone for advertising, promoting, presenting, distributing or soliciting material in a manner that is "intended to cause ... [full story]
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Oct 30,2007
WASHINGTON -- U.S. President George Bush chided the U.S. Congress for not sending "a single appropriations bill to my desk," representing "the worst record in 20 years."Bush's comments came after he met with Republican congressional leaders Tuesday morning.Congress, Bush said, "is not getting its work done. There really isn't much to show for it."He said the House of Representatives has "wasted valuable time" on a "constant stream" of investigations and the Senate has had "endless ... [full story]
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Oct 30,2007
LOS ANGELES -- A California sheriff once seen as a rising star in Republican politics has been indicted on federal charges he misused his office for financial gain.Orange County, Calif., Sheriff Mike Carona was mentioned as a possible lieutenant governor candidate on a slate with Arnold Schwarzenegger. But as his star rose in politics, Carona was attacked by critics who accused him of improper management, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.George Jaramillo, Carona's former assistant ... [full story]
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Oct 30,2007
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. -- New evidence emerged from defense attorneys for three Arkansas teenagers convicted of killing three 8-year-old boys in 1994.The three victims were last seen riding their bikes on May 5, 1993, in West Memphis, Ark. Their bound, naked and mutilated bodies were found the next day in a drainage ditch.Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley are serving life in prison, while Damien Echols is on death row after their 1994 trial in which ... [full story]
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Oct 30,2007
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency issued an apology for staging a Washington news conference in which actual reporters couldn't ask questions.Monday, FEMA Administrator David Paulison contacted reporters to apologize "for the inexcusable actions and remarkably bad judgment exhibited" last Friday, The Washington Post reported.The agency only gave reporters 15 minutes notice of a news conference on its activities in Southern California, where wildfires were nearly out of control. No one showed up ... [full story]
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Oct 30,2007
WASHINGTON -- Mississippi inmate Earl W. Berry was scheduled to die Tuesday barring last-minute intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court.Berry was the latest inmate to face execution since the court five weeks ago agreed to review the constitutionality of lethal injection, The New York Times reported Tuesday.The justices have yet to indicate whether they intend to call a moratorium on executions pending the outcome of their review, the Times reported, noting the national picture has ... [full story]
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Oct 30,2007
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government reportedly has seized nearly $265 million in al-Qaida-linked assets since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.The government has been freezing the assets of alleged terrorist financiers and banning U.S. citizens from conducting business with them, The Christian Science Monitor reported Tuesday.The seizures, viewed as an important role in the fight against terror, raise questions about whether the U.S. government has too much power to punish alleged terrorist financiers and funding groups ... [full story]
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Oct 30,2007
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Tuesday reported to Congress that reconstruction efforts in Iraq are showing signs of progress.Power production averaged 4,550 megawatts a day from July through September, above the pre-war daily average of 4,075 megawatts, which the report attributed to ongoing construction and fewer insurgent attacks, USA Today reported.However, the record daily electricity production of 123,000 megawatt-hours on Sept. 16 still only met 60 percent of demand, the ... [full story]
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