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Apr 28,2009
LAKELAND, Fla. -- A Polk County, Fla., deputy with 21 years service resigned after his wife, a convicted felon, took his patrol car for a spin, sheriff's officials said. Deputy Charles Buckner, 44, turned in his badge after his wife, Gail Buckner, 38, allegedly used the car for a joy ride in Lakeland with her mother, Sharon Cooper, 54, and a friend, Alexander James Quintasket, 19, also a convicted a felon, The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported ... [full story]
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Apr 28,2009
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House and Senate Democrats forged a budget deal that gives President Obama a shot at healthcare reform but trims his spending and tax cut proposals. If successful, the five-year plan would hit a $523 billion deficit target by 2014, representing a two-thirds reduction of the nearly $1.7 trillion shortfall expected this year, Politico reported Tuesday. Obama has projected a deficit of $749 billion in his five-year plan. Criticizing the plan, Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., ... [full story]
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Apr 28,2009
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Slightly more than half of Americans favor an inquiry into the use of harsh interrogation tactics on terror suspects, a Gallup Poll indicated Tuesday. Fifty-one percent of those polled favored an investigation of the interrogation methods employed during the George W. Bush administration, while 42 percent opposed an investigation, results indicated. Simultaneously, 55 percent of those polled said they believe that, in retrospect, the use of the harsh techniques was justified while 36 ... [full story]
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Apr 28,2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida state senators and Gov. Charlie Crist say a move to open up state waters to offshore oil drilling has run out of time in the legislative session. Florida Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, told reporters shortly after the House voted Monday to approve an offshore drilling measure the proposal came too late in the session for a full consideration, The Miami Herald reported. "I'm not receptive to it," Atwater said. ... [full story]
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Apr 28,2009
MIAMI -- Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez has been named a trustee at the University of Miami, the school announced Tuesday. Gutierrez, who served in the George W. Bush administration, also is a non-resident scholar at the university's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American studies, The Miami Herald reported. As a trustee, Gutierrez will help govern the university, one of the largest private research universities in the southeastern United States. Other new trustees include Matthew E. Rubel, ... [full story]
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Apr 28,2009
NEW YORK -- At least one broadcast network said it won't air U.S. President Barack Obama's third prime-time news conference this week. Fox officials announced the network will air a new psychological drama, "Lie To Me," instead of carrying Obama's news conference Wednesday, The New York Times reported. Fox said it would direct viewers to watch the news conference on Fox Cable Network. ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS officials said their networks will carry the event live. Obama's first ... [full story]
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Apr 28,2009
WASHINGTON -- The swine flu outbreak is showing the best and worst of Twitter, the highly popular micro-blogging site, Internet experts said. Some say Twitter -- where users post 140-character messages -- is filled with misinformation and is sparking fear about the outbreak, believed to have killed nearly 150 people in Mexico, CNN reported Tuesday. Twitter's popularity has exploded in recent months and nearly 10 times more people are writing on Twitter about swine flu than wrote ... [full story]
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Apr 28,2009
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has asked that a federal court vacate a rule allowing mining companies to dump waste near rivers and streams. Salazar instructed the Justice Department to ask the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to vacate the rule adopted in the waning days of the George W. Bush administration, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. A 1983 law barring mine operators from dumping debris -- collected from shearing mountaintops to ... [full story]
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Apr 28,2009
MISSOULA, Mont. -- A U.S. judge says prosecutors in a Montana asbestos contamination trial have misbehaved and is considering throwing out charges against a chemical company. An angry U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy said Monday in Missoula, Mont., that the trial against the W.R. Grace chemical products company has been marred by many prosecutorial missteps, including repeated violations of court orders and the use of a star witness who lacked credibility, The New York Times reported. ... [full story]
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Apr 28,2009
WASHINGTON -- Texas storefronts slammed by Hurricane Ike are among America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, the National Trust for Historic Preservation said Tuesday. The 19th-century buildings with elaborate cast-iron storefronts in Galveston, Texas, head the list of U.S. historic sites considered to be most at risk by the organization, it said in a release, Flooding from Hurricane Ike caused extensive damage to the buildings, leaving the historic district fighting to survive, the group said. Also on the ... [full story]
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Apr 28,2009
WASHINGTON -- There's little U.S. President Barack Obama or Senate conservatives can do to halt impeachment proceedings against Judge Jay Bybee, analysts say. The U.S. Appellate Court judge has riled liberals with revelations that, as head of the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel under the Bush administration in 2002, he signed off on legal opinions authorizing the use of harsh interrogation methods against terrorism suspects. Even though Obama and key U.S. senators have voiced opposition ... [full story]
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Apr 28,2009
WASHINGTON -- U.S. congressional Democrats are considering sending hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid to Pakistan, sources told The Wall Street Journal. The money would be used to help stabilize the country, sources said. It could either be viewed as a "downpayment" on $1.4 billion included for Pakistan in U.S. President Barack Obama's proposed $83.4 billion war spending bill, which is on track for consideration this summer, or it may be moved separately "using "executive ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
WASHINGTON -- More than 1,300 scientists Monday called on two U.S. departments to overturn the Bush administration's last-minute rule changes to the Endangered Species Act. In a letter to the Commerce and Interior departments, the Union of Concerned Scientists said the changes weakened the act's scientific foundation. The regulations of concern allow federal agencies to decide for themselves if their projects would threaten imperiled species, the organization said in a news release. Previously, federal agencies were ... [full story]
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