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Apr 09,2009
WASHINGTON -- Forty-two of the 54 new members of the U.S. House of Representatives say they want earmarked funds for personal pet projects. The freshman lawmakers announced their intent to seek the federal funds on their Web sites as per regulations, USA Today said Thursday. Taxpayers for Common Sense official Steve Ellis said the use of earmarks in broader congressional spending bills is commonplace in Washington politics. "The erroneous but common wisdom in Washington is that you need ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
AUSTIN, Texas -- Harvard topped Columbia as the top U.S. university in a ranking based on how often the schools appeared in the global media, a research company said Thursday. The University of Chicago ranked No. 3, followed by the University of Michigan and Stanford University, Global Language Monitor said. The University of Wisconsin ranked No. 6, followed by Cornell, Princeton, Yale and the University of California, Berkeley, the Austin, Texas, company said. Taken as a whole, the ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
WASHINGTON -- Six investigators conducting security-clearance checks for the federal government have been accused of falsifying reports, authorities say. The alleged incidents, dating to 2007, involved reports submitted to the Office of Personnel Management, which handles about 90 percent of the background inquiries for more than 100 federal agencies, The Washington Post said. The reports originated in Connecticut, Maryland and Washington, D.C., and officials said more charges may be forthcoming. Authorities said they don't believe anyone who didn't ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates and veterans' healthcare were on U.S. President Barack Obama's agenda Thursday, his first full day of public activity since his European trip. Obama was to be the host for a round-table discussion on the impact of historically low interest rates, meeting with several homeowners who have benefited by refinancing mortgages to a lower rate, the White House said. Members of Obama's economic team also will attend the discussion. Obama also planned to meet ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
ATLANTA -- An Ohio man suffering from Montezuma's Revenge is accused of assaulting a Delta flight attendant who blocked his way to a business class bathroom. Joao Correa was arrested after his flight touched down in Atlanta and spent two nights in jail before a federal magistrate granted bond, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday. Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliot says the airline strictly follows Federal Aviation Administration policy that calls for passengers on international flights to use the ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
TAMPA, Fla. -- Authorities in Tamp, Fla. arrested a man who allegedly used water torture to punish his 10-year-old daughter. Moslim Al-Assadi was charged with aggravated child abuse after his children told police allegations against their father are true, The Tampa Tribune reported Wednesday. The three siblings, ages 8, 9 and 10, cried and told of beatings during interviews with police, the newspaper said. Police say the younger children told them their father tied their 10-year-old sister's hands ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
CINCINNATI -- A school bus driver crashed her vehicle Wednesday in Cincinnati as a result of fears the bus was being chased by an armed man, police say. Cincinnati Police Lt. Mark Briede said the unidentified bus driver apparently drove through a stop sign and crashed into a pick-up truck in an attempt to escape what she thought was an armed man trying to stop the bus, The Cincinnati Enquirer said. Briede said the incident began when ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
NEW YORK -- Lawyers said they will seek to void a guilty verdict in the deaths of two New York firefighters because a juror urged a witness to contact him on Facebook. Attorneys for Cesar Rios contend the juror's actions during the trial constituted an improper conduct that could have tainted deliberations in the so-called Black Sunday trial earlier this year. "It interferes with due process," Neal Comer, who represents the company that owns the Bronx building ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A naked male suspect and a police officer were shot Wednesday in Louisville, Ky., after the suspect attempted to take the officer's gun, police allege. Metro Police Chief Robert White said the unidentified female officer was shot twice in her thigh during a scuffle with the male suspect, who suffered unspecified gunshot wounds, WLKY-TV of Louisville said. White said the officer was in stable condition following the incident, which began after she responded to ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
MIAMI -- Police have arrested a worker at Miami International Airport on charges of selling fake electronic tickets. Julio Amores, 55, is accused of telling travelers he worked for various airlines and could get them cheap fares to Latin America, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday. Investigators say Amores, who was an employee of a luggage-wrapping business at the airport, would give passengers bogus confirmation numbers for electronic tickets after they paid him in cash or by check. They ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
KINSTON, N.C. -- Police in Lenoir County, N.C., said Wednesday the man accused of killing his girlfriend and a police deputy in separate shootings has died of his injuries. The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office said Clarence Phillips suffered multiple gunshot wounds Tuesday after he allegedly fired on deputies responding to a call about a man firing a gun in the woods, WITN-TV of Greenville, N.C., said. Officials allege Phillips ignored orders by deputies to stop firing his ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
MIAMI -- Federal prosecutors declined to say specifically why they dropped charges in a Miami trial in which jurors admitted to doing their own Internet research. The judge dismissed the charges against the four defendants, who had been charged with illegally selling prescription drugs on the Internet and also agreed to a government motion to allow two other defendants to withdraw their earlier guilty pleas in the case. A mistrial was declared last month after eight jurors ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 44-year-old man who brought women from Mexico to work in North Carolina as veritable sex slaves will spend the next 24 years in prison, authorities say. Authorities said Jorge Flores Rojas, an undocumented Mexican national, was sentenced to prison after he pleaded guilty to charges he forced women as young as 16 to work as prostitutes, the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer said Wednesday. Acting U.S. Attorney Edward Ryan compared the lives those women were ... [full story]
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