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December 05, 2007

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Dec 05,2007
With funding for the popular State Children's Health Program (SCHIP) set to expire later this month, over three dozen organizations throughout Oregon today urged Congress to reauthorize the program in a manner that would ensure coverage to at least 10 million children. In a public statement to Oregon's congressional delegation, 39 leading health, faith and community organizations described SCHIP as "resoundingly successful in covering tens of thousands of Oregon children from working families who lack ... [full story]
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Dec 05,2007
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Bad weather has hampered the search for a helicopter that vanished in Alaska as it carried a woman to an Anchorage hospital.The LifeGuard helicopter was last heard from almost 40 minutes after it took off from Cordova at 4:40 p.m. Monday, The Anchorage Daily News reported. When the pilot failed to make his next two scheduled progress reports, the helicopter was declared overdue.Keith Essex, owner of Alpine Air, a helicopter service in ... [full story]
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Dec 05,2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A convicted sex offender has been arrested in the June disappearance and killing of a 4-year-old Louisville, Ky., boy.Cecil E. New, 46, was picked up Wednesday and charged with murder in the death of Cesar Aguilar-Cano, who had vanished from his family's apartment in late June and was found dead in a trash truck eight days later.WLKY-TV, Louisville, said New was on police radar during the early stages of the investigation. He ... [full story]
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Dec 05,2007
SEATTLE -- Officials in Washington state have blame at least five deaths on a monster storm that inundated the Pacific Northwest with water, mudslides and avalanches.Interstate 5, a major west coast highway resembling a muddy lake in some locations, is expected to be closed until at least Thursday, reopening only if it didn't sustain serious damage, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Wednesday. "I've lived here 26 years, and I've never run a jet boat down I-5 ... [full story]
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Dec 05,2007
NEW YORK -- The corpse of an elderly woman was found this week inside her New York home, apparently two years after she died from heart disease.While relatives and neighbors of Christina Copeman contacted local authorities after the 70-year-old disappeared in late 2006, their concerns were not forwarded to the proper city program, The New York Post reported Wednesday.New York has a program in place that sends social workers to a missing individual's home, but ... [full story]
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Dec 05,2007
JACKSON, Mo. -- Police in Jackson, Mo., said a local man who allegedly shot his wife and her three children did so because of a marital dispute.Authorities alleged that hours after Mir Shahin Moshiri's wife was granted an order of protection against him, the 36-year-old shot her and her three children before turning his gun on himself, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday.Jackson Police Chief James M. Humphreys said that on Monday, Katherine Moshiri apparently ... [full story]
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Dec 05,2007
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is in Iowa this week to help promote his Platform for America campaign.While some political observers have tabbed Gingrich's Iowa visit as an attempt to garner the Republican vice presidential nomination, the former House speaker recently said his political platform was his key motivation, The Washington Times reported Wednesday."This is not about being a candidate," Gingrich said Tuesday. "It's about the issues in the proposed ... [full story]
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Dec 05,2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Six-term congressman Dennis Kucinich said he plans to run for re-election in Ohio despite his presence on the presidential campaign trail.Kucinich indicated his intent to seek re-election in the 10th Congressional District, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Wednesday."I will tell city and ward leaders that Kucinich has sent back a signed questionnaire indicating that he is seeking re-election," the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party chairman James Dimora said.Several challengers to Kucinich's seat emerged ... [full story]
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Dec 05,2007
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Mike Huckabee, while governor of Arkansas, pushed for the release of a convicted rapist despite the fears of victims, a liberal blog reported.Huckabee's presidential campaign denies he played a crucial role in the parole of Wayne Dumond, The Huffington Post said. The blog said a former Huckabee staffer supplied copies of victims' letters to Huckabee after the campaign denied he had seen them.Dumond, who died of natural causes in 2005, was ... [full story]
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Dec 05,2007
BELLEVILLE, Mich. -- A school district in the Detroit suburbs plans to spend thousands of dollars to educate four students facing expulsion separately from classmates.Officials in the Van Buren district say providing two substitute teachers costs $240 a day or a total of $6,500 through the end of the semester, The Detroit News reported. The teens are being taught in a conference room at Belleville High School with a computer provided to give them access ... [full story]
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