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Apr 03,2007
SAN FRANCISCO - The city of San Francisco and 22 same-sex couples are asking the California Supreme Court to overturn the state's gay marriage ban.The plaintiffs filed briefs Monday arguing that the marriage law imposes second-class status on gay men and lesbians, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday."The marriage exclusion tells lesbians and gay men that they are less worthy than child abusers, or sex offenders, or convicts in prison for murder," lawyers for City ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2007
SAN DIEGO - A lawyer for former Poway defense contractor Brent Wilkes told a judge Monday "there is no way" his client will plead guilty to charges stemming from the Randy "Duke" Cunningham bribery scandal. The lawyer, Mark Geragos, also said he planned to seek dismissal of the case because he has reason to believe former U.S. Attorney Carol Lam may have leaked secret grand jury documents to the media. During a hearing Monday, Assistant ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2007
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is running low on funds for the war in Iraq, and U.S. President George Bush on Tuesday urged Congress to get a funding bill assembled."If Congress fails to pass a bill that I can sign by mid-April, the Army will be forced to consider cutting back on equipment, equipment repair and quality of life initiatives for our Guard and Reserve forces," Bush said in a statement opening a news conference in ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2007
WASHINGTON - U.S. officials on Tuesday were investigating reports a former FBI agent is missing in Iran.The former federal agent was last known to be on Kish Island, off Iran's southern coast, and was believed to be working for an author and producer trying to set up an interview, senior U.S. officials told CNN.The man has not been in touch with his family or employer in more than a week, the State Department said.The former ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2007
SAN DIEGO - Federal regulators have rejected three sweeping patents that give control of all human embryonic stem cells used for research in the United States to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. The ruling released Monday could remove what many scientists say is one of the biggest deterrents to working in the promising field of human embryonic stem cell research - a barrier that has been driving scientists and funding overseas. The Wisconsin Alumni Research ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2007
NEW YORK - A Baltimore man who attended an Islamist guerrilla training camp in Pakistan pleaded guilty in New York to a terrorism charge.Mahmud Faruq Brent, 32, faces up to 15 years in jail at his July 10 sentencing, The Washington Post reported.Brent, who is also known as Mahmud Al Mutazzim, was scheduled to go on trial April 24 with two other defendants. His lawyer, Hassen Ibn Abdellah, told the Post Brent didn't plan to ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2007
SACRAMENTO - More Californians are working past the age of retirement for money, fulfillment or a little bit of both, a study said.The study from the California Budget Project said the proportion of California people working between the ages of 65 and 69 jumped between 1995 and 2006 from 20 percent to 27 percent, the Los Angeles Times reported."Financial security, retirement security is a lot more precarious," Mark Beach, spokesman for AARP California, told the ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2007
SAN FRANCISCO - A bill being considered by the California Legislature would allow the state to remove pension fund investments from any foreign company tied to Iran.Written by Assemblyman Joel Anderson, R-El Cajon, the proposed bill would expand upon the current ban of U.S. companies dealing with Iran and remove all state-devoted pension funds from foreign businesses that deal with the Middle Eastern nation, The New York Times reported.The Republican assemblyman said Friday that the ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2007
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Fire officials in Arizona have warned that due to an especially dry winter, this year's fire season will likely last longer and be more dangerous.Officials such as Glendale Fire Department Deputy Chief Elio Pompa told the Arizona Republic that state residents should act now to prevent a dangerous fire season by removing combustible growth from their property.To help in the awareness effort, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano tabbed March 18-24 as Wildfire Awareness ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2007
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police in North Carolina Sunday were questioning a suspect in the shooting deaths of two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers. Officer Jeff Shelton & Officer Sean Clark – Courtesy CMPD Chief Darrel Stephens told a news conference Sunday evening that the suspect had not been charged in the slaying of officers Sean Clark and Jeffrey Shelton in east Charlotte, the Charlotte Observer reported."These situations are very fluid," Stephens said.Clark and Shelton both died at ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2007
CHICAGO - Chicago 's famous skyline would gain a dominant new feature - North America 's tallest building - under an advancing project that has generated praise for its sculptural look but concerns over logistics. Switzerland-based architect Santiago Calatrava last week unveiled his latest design for "The Chicago Spire," a twisting residential tower of 150 stories that would be completed near Navy Pier in 3 1/2 years. At 2,000 feet tall, the building would upstage ... [full story]
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Apr 01,2007
WASHINGTON - White House counselor Dan Bartlett says President Bush is willing to talk with Democratic leaders in the Senate and House about funding U.S. troops in Iraq.But Bartlett said the president would not accept and would veto any bill that calls for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq or sets a deadline.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have said they would like Bush's input on a final bill ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2007
ORLANDO - A Florida man faces charges including attempted murder for allegedly firing a gun into a daycare facility as about 30 children watched from inside. Delroy Campbell entering the Hands On Learning Academy in Orlando. The children were protected by bulletproof windows and doors, WKMG-TV, Orlando, reported.Surveillance video released on Friday shows Delroy Campbell shooting at the Hands On Learning Academy in Orlando. Police said Campbell had been arguing with his ex-girlfriend, who works ... [full story]
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