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Mar 24,2009
WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama and some Washington children made a really long-distance call Tuesday and talked with astronauts at the International Space Station. Surrounded by the children, White House science adviser John Holdren and several members of Congress, Obama's 28-minute call to the Discovery space shuttle crew and the ISS included questions about the astronauts' diet and exercise regimen, whether they found life forms in space and how many stars are in space. Obama relayed ... [full story]
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Mar 24,2009
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego police say a long-time employee of the city bus company opened fire on co-workers early Tuesday, killing one and gravely wounding another. Officers responding to the downtown bus facility confronted the gunman, a fare-box mechanic who had been with San Diego Transit for 29 years, and killed him when he allegedly pointed a handgun at them. The San Diego Union-Tribune said the victims included a young foreman, who was killed, and a ... [full story]
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Mar 24,2009
BOERNE, Texas -- Police in Boerne, Texas, say a 15-year-old boy accused of planning an attack on his high school has been arrested again for similar threats. The teenager was charged last year along with Allen W. Doelitsch Jr., 18, of texting each other about killing students and teachers at Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School, Boerne Police Chief Gary Miller told the San Antonio Express-News. Doelitsch, who has pleaded innocent, remains in jail on charges of criminal ... [full story]
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Mar 24,2009
WASHINGTON -- Some U.S. schools say they are coping with money problems by moving to four-day weeks, shortening the school year and making other adjustments. Shrinking tax revenues brought on by the economic downturn are necessitating the moves and state legislatures are being forced to make cutbacks in education spending, USA Today reported Tuesday. Mary Kusler, a lobbyist for the American Association of School Administrators, told the newspaper that even though funds from the federal economic stimulus ... [full story]
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Mar 24,2009
ATLANTA -- A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to involvement in a shooting that paralyzed renowned primatologist Shelly Williams, prosecutors in Atlanta say. Kendall Bolden entered the plea Monday and is to be sentenced after the trial of his co-defendant, Elliott Mitchell, is complete, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday. Williams, 53, was paralyzed from the waist down in November 2005 by a stray bullet that struck her in a shopping center. In court Monday, Bolden alleged he ... [full story]
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Mar 24,2009
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says two lessons have come out of the AIG mess: the need for regulatory reform and strong supervision of non-banks. Bernanke and U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner appeared Tuesday before the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee to explain the government's intervention to avert the insurance giant's collapse. Bernanke said if federal regulators would have had the tools in September for handling non-bank financial firms, "they could have put ... [full story]
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Mar 24,2009
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans and some Democrats caution against using the budget process to pass U.S. President Barack Obama's initiatives with a simple majority. U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Monday using budget reconciliation to preclude the need for 60-vote supermajorities "would be a mess," Politico reported Tuesday. If the reconciliation procedure, which requires a simple majority instead of the 60-vote supermajority needed to prevent filibustering and usually is reserved for non-policy, non-substantive measures, were used, ... [full story]
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Mar 24,2009
FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Authorities say a Fairfield, Conn., teacher has been charged with making a 5-year-old eat a banana from a garbage can. Anne O'Donnell, 67, is charged with risk of injury to a minor, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, The (Bridgeport) Connecticut Post reported Tuesday. O'Donnell, who appeared in court with her lawyer Monday, allegedly retrieved an unpeeled banana discarded by the boy, peeled it and told him to eat it, ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
SALIDA, Colo. -- Plans by the Nestle food company to remove water from the Arkansas River in Colorado for bottled water sales are too risky, state residents say. Michele Riggio, Chaffee County Citizens for Sustainability co-founder, said Nestle's plan to remove and bottle water from the Arkansas River in Chaffee County in central Colorado offers no "proven benefits" for area residents, The Denver Post said Monday. "We have to take everything they are promising on faith," Riggio ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
SEATTLE -- An attorney for a former United Airlines pilot says her client's lawsuit against the U.S. airline over pornographic items found on flights has been settled. Attorney Victoria Vreeland confirmed a settlement has been reached in the case, preventing it from going to U.S. District Court, The Seattle Times said Monday. Vreeland said she could not offer specifics on the case due to a related nondisclosure agreement. The lawsuit filed by Capt. Lisa Stout, according to ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Officials in Groveport, Ohio, say their village is struggling to deal with the discovery of bodies in unmarked cemetery plots. Groveport Village Councilman Edgar Rarey said multiple bodies were found in unmarked cemetery plots in the village, leading to a call for efforts to prevent such "embarrassing" situations from happening again, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch said Monday. "It was terribly embarrassing to us," Rarey said. "We desperately tried to relocate them in that area, ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
BAY CITY, Mich. -- A 15-year-old boy died after police in Bay City, Mich., used a stun gun to subdue him, say state police who are investigating the death. The boy died Sunday after city police were called to break up a fight in an apartment complex, The Saginaw (Mich.) News reported Monday. Police said the stun gun was used after the boy refused to calm down and tried to fight police and others in the apartment, ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
CHICAGO -- A 35-year-old man alleges an auto dealership in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights, Ill., scammed him out of $629. Will Zellnerof Lisle, Ill., said a advertised job at Arlington Nissan appeared so promising that he agreed to pay $629 for training materials, only to then be fired after only two weeks at the dealership, the Chicago Tribune said Monday. Zellner said his dismissal came before he could finish the 90-day probationary period at the ... [full story]
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