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March 08, 2007

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Mar 08,2007
NASA has announced the termination of U.S. Navy Captain Lisa Nowak, who will return to an active duty assignment with the U.S. Navy.  Her termination, made by mutual agreement between NASA and the Navy, became effective today. Nowak is the astronaut charged with attempted kidnapping and other felonies related to an incident in Florida with a woman she perceived as a rival for the affections of another astronaut -- William Oefelein, a Navy commander.   NASA ... [full story]
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Mar 08,2007
18-year-old  “mentally challenged” woman may have been abducted; She is a former Oregon resident with family in the Prineville area, and was last seen with a Hispanic man Police are asking for the public’s help in locating an 18-year-old woman described as “mentally challenged” who disappeared, possibly abducted, from near her Bridley, California home Tuesday.  She was last seen with a Hispanic man, and may be in the Central Oregon area.   Anyone who sees Nora Loreta ... [full story]
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Mar 08,2007
Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation today announced a permanent and immediate reduction in its workforce to “better align staffing levels with current production needs”. The lay-offs will impact 59 of the Bend company’s 605 employees. Columbia officials point out that in 2006, sales and deliveries of Columbia aircraft reached unprecedented levels. However, a cascade of unanticipated events, including a significant certification delay and a hailstorm that required more than 60 aircraft be refinished, has hampered Columbia’s ... [full story]
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Mar 08,2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Hassan Abujihaad, formerly known as Paul R. Hall, 31, of 15449 N. 25th Avenue, Apt. #2025, Phoenix, was arrested today in Phoenix on a federal criminal complaint from the District of Connecticut, U.S. Attorney Kevin J. O'Connor for the District of Connecticut announced today. The complaint alleges that, in 2001, Abujihaad provided material support or resources, knowing or intending that they were to be used in preparation for, or in carrying ... [full story]
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Mar 08,2007
Hoffa Raises Serious Concerns about Public Safety, National Security WASHINGTON - International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa testified today before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development to voice the union's opposition to the Bush administration's recent decision to allow unsafe Mexican trucks to operate throughout the United States. "First it was the Dubai Ports debacle, now it's the cross-border trucking debacle," Hoffa said. "President Bush consistently risks our ... [full story]
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Mar 08,2007
WASHINGTON - Meat and poultry producers are facing rapid increases in the cost of the grain needed to feed their animals, which economists predict will result in higher consumer prices, the chicken industry told Congress today. Soaring demand for corn, the largest component of animal feed, from ethanol producers has doubled the cost of corn in recent months and driven up by 40 percent the feed cost of the chicken industry alone, a spokesperson told ... [full story]
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Mar 08,2007
SAN DIEGO - The first defendant to plead guilty to his role in last year's kidnapping and murder of a man in Hamdaniya, Iraq, is scheduled to leave prison today. Navy Hospitalman Melson J. Bacos is one of eight Camp Pendleton servicemen accused of carrying out a plot that led to the April 26, 2006, death of Hashim Ibrahim Awad, an Iraqi civilian. As part of a plea agreement in October, he was sentenced to ... [full story]
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Mar 08,2007
Earlier today, Gladstone Police and Clackamas County Interagency Task Force detectives raided the Gladstone home of a husband and wife suspected of running a thriving prostitution business. Detectives executed a search warrant at 1400 Cornell Avenue, and interviewed Christina Lee Smith, 43, and her 24-year old husband Austin J. Batchelor.    Suspected prostitution house at 1400 Cornell Ave., Salem. (Inset: Austin J. Batchelor) – Photos provided by GPD Police began the investigation after community members reported frequently ... [full story]
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Mar 08,2007
Chamber becomes third this year to approve common language legislation WASHINGTON - The Idaho Senate voted 20- 15 yesterday to make English the official language of Idaho, demonstrating the importance of a common bond in an increasingly diverse state. Introduced by Sen. Mel Richardson, S.B. 1172 would require that most government business be done in English, with common sense exceptions in areas such as health care and judicial proceedings. If the measure passes the House ... [full story]
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Mar 08,2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Three of the five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission heard this message clearly over and over: Ohio's minority population is not being well-served by policies that allow consolidation of media. And two of the commissioners, Jonathan S. Adelstein and Michael J. Copps, agreed. They and fellow commissioner Robert M. McDowell attended a Columbus town meeting on the "Future of Media" Wednesday night. Copps criticized former FCC Chairman Michael Powell for operating ... [full story]
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