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May 01,2009
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked Congress to approve more than $1 billion in additional funds for Pakistan's war against the Taliban. Gates wants lawmakers to appropriate $400 million this year for a new Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund and an additional $700 million for 2010, The Washington Post reported Friday. The fund would be controlled by the Pentagon's Central Command and would be targeted for counterinsurgency training and equipment such as night-vision goggles, helicopters ... [full story]
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May 01,2009
WASHINGTON -- After 103 days in office, it appears President Barack Obama will have an opportunity to fill a vacancy on the United States Supreme Court. Word has leaked that Justice David Souter, 69, intends to retire at the end of the court's term in June leading to speculation about who will fill his seat, SCOTUSblog reported Friday. The last Democratic president to appoint a Supreme Court justice was Bill Clinton in 1994. There has been a ... [full story]
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May 01,2009
ST. MEINRAD, Ind. -- Father Theodore Heck, known as the world's oldest Benedictine monk, died Friday at St. Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, Ind. He was 108. Heck, a native of Charlton, Iowa, died in the monastery's infirmary, the Evansville (Ind) Courier said. Born Jan. 16, 1901, Heck was ordained to the priesthood May 21, 1929, and earned a Ph.D in education at The Catholic University of America in 1935. For more than 50 years he taught in ... [full story]
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May 01,2009
WASHINGTON -- Washington, D.C., and more than two dozen states are not adequately prepared if the outbreak of swine flu becomes a full-blown crisis, federal records indicate. The federal effort to combat a possible pandemic includes emergency supplies of ant-iviral medications, a stockpiling system now being tested as cases of the H1N1 strain of the influenza virus continue to spread. The Washington Post says 27 states and the nation's capital are 10 million dosages short of the ... [full story]
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May 01,2009
NEW YORK -- Some New York Police Department dress uniforms were made by a company that had employees working long hours without overtime, investigators said. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the department had generally been interested in the quality of the work and fabric used and did not investigate labor conditions, the New York Post reported Thursday. The New York State Labor Department says Forest Uniform Corp. and a subcontractor, Technical Garment USA Co., owe $500,000 to ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
WASHINGTON -- A member of the advance team for President Obama's trip to Mexico may have been infected with swine flu there, a presidential spokesman said Thursday. At a White House news briefing, Robert Gibbs, the president's spokesman, said that three members of the aide's family, a nephew and his wife and son, may also have the H1N1 influenza strain. All three were tested by health authorities in Anne Arundel County in Maryland and found to ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
ATLANTA -- U.S. and world health organizations are trying to gauge the severity of the swine flu outbreak to determine how quickly to produce vaccine, officials said. Health officials say they must balance quickly stopping the global spread of the swine flu -- or A/H1N1 -- with taking on some serious risks by moving too fast, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Even an all-out push to develop a vaccine wouldn't produce the first doses until September, ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
FORT WORTH, Tex. -- Fort Worth, Texas, has closed its 144 schools until at least May 8 against a backdrop off 109 confirmed U.S. cases of swine flu. Health officials confirmed a Fort Worth student had contracted swine flu, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported Thursday. County health officials advised the 80,000-student district to close after another four probable cases were found among students. Parents were advised to keep children living in the district away from ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders say they're planning a new effort to revive the party's image and rebuild after the loss of Sen. Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party. The new initiative, to be called the National Council for a New America, will involve an outreach by GOP officials including John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former national GOP chairman, CNN reported. Others on the "panel of experts" will include former Florida ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
WASHINGTON -- Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, who told a national pageant audience she opposed gay marriage, is in a new U.S. TV ad attacking gay-marriage activists. The ad called "No Offense" was launched in Washington Thursday by the National Organization for Marriage. It assails gay-marriage activists who "attack people for supporting (heterosexual) marriage." It alleges the activists "don't want to debate the consequences of same-sex marriage" and instead "want to silence the opposition." Prejean, 21, told NBC's ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is not closing the U.S.-Mexican border to contain swine flu based on experts' recommendations, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday. "(We) have contacted and been in constant contact with the leading health experts, both in the world as well as here in the United States, and they have suggested that that is not the way we should move," Biden said on NBC's "Today Show." Instead, experts recommended the country "deal with mitigation, ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has been asked to testify before Congress about his role in preparing memos allowing severe interrogation of prisoners, officials say. The two Justice Department memos in question permitted interrogators to engage in techniques such as simulating drowning and slamming prisoners against a wall, The Washington Post reported. Federal Judge Jay S. Bybee, who wrote the memos, has been on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the past six years and offered advice ... [full story]
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Apr 28,2009
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 along ideological lines Tuesday that federal law allows the banning of even the fleeting use of dirty words in live broadcasts. The underlying case involves the use of what the high court called the "F-word" and the "S-word." The policy of the Federal Communications Commission has evolved over the years. In 2004, the FCC declared for the first time that the use of the words could be "actionably indecent," ... [full story]
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