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Mar 27,2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The next several months will tell us just how well the Republican-controlled Legislature will get along with Ohio Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland. If you're a betting person, go with the horse named "NotVeryWell." From now until July 1, politicians will be dickering over the state budget which Strickland rolled out on March 15 or 20, depending on what side of the political aisle you're on. The parties can't even agree on that. ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2007
Former Leaders Praise Administration's Requested Park Funding Increase, But Caution That Allowing Additional Yellowstone Snowmobiling Would 'Radically Contravene' Kempthorne Pledge. Every living former director of the National Park Service (NPS) -- except one -- has joined in a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne urging him to ensure a continued transition away from snowmobile use in Yellowstone National Park.    Snowmobiling in Yellowstone – NPS photo Spanning every Democratic and Republican presidential administration from Lyndon Baines Johnson to ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2007
Waiting has often been part of the equation for the pioneering black aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen. They're nothing if not patient. When World War II was brewing and they wanted to become pilots, they were told no: We don't take your kind. Then, when legal and political pressure forced open the door, and they walked through it with spectacular results, they still came home to a land of inequality, of separate drinking fountains ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2007
LAS VEGAS - This city may be best known for casinos, drive-through wedding chapels and Elvis impersonators, but suddenly it's also become a magnet for presidential candidates. Seven 2008 Democratic presidential hopefuls showed up at the University of Nevada Las Vegas on Saturday to outline their health care plans. A similar forum last month in Carson City attracted eight. Traditionally, no one has paid much attention to Nevada in presidential nomination politics. But thanks to ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2007
Carlsbad, Calif - In the world of faith, which speaks in the language of forgiveness and deals in the currency of hope, the request would seem simple enough: An ex-con introduces himself in church and asks to become a part of the congregation. Except when the ex-con is a registered sex offender. The request has plunged Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, Calif., into the center of a gathering storm, fueled by an explosion ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2007
WASHINGTON - You've heard about it. You've read about it. Now see it for the first time. It's the Postal Service's newest consumer innovation -- the Forever stamp. The stamp was previewed today at the National Postal Forum, the premier trade show for advertising, marketing and mailing executives. Featuring the Liberty Bell image and the word "forever," the stamp will be good for mailing one-ounce First-Class letters anytime in the future -- regardless of price ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2007
SAN DIEGO - The Navy is spending $9 million to rebuild the heating and air conditioning system at San Diego Naval Medical Center after finding disease-causing mold growing inside ventilation ducts, the hospital's officials have confirmed. A routine inspection last spring revealed colonies of 10 to 12 types of mold, Capt. David Tam, the hospital's deputy commander, said in response to an inquiry from The San Diego Union-Tribune. Some molds can cause allergies and irritation, ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2007
YUMA, Ariz. - It is one of the world's largest desalination plants, big enough to provide water to 500,000 people. But since 1993, the Yuma Desalting Plant has stood idle at the edge of this quiet agricultural community. Now, for the first time in 14 years, the $250 million reverse-osmosis facility is back in operation for a three-month test run. And that is prompting a key question: How would this affect the Cienega de Santa ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2007
NEW YORK - More consumers are filing their taxes online, and fewer are concerned about Internet security, The Conference Board and TNS report today. This year, 39 percent of consumers intend to file their 2006 federal taxes online, up from 28 percent just three years ago. Online tax filing is a growing trend. Close to two-thirds of consumers report having filed online for three or more consecutive years, of which nearly half have been filing ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
Company May Have Known of Contamination a Month Before Recall DAYTON, Ohio - PETA has sent an urgent letter to The Honorable Joseph D. Deters with The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office, urging him to investigate Dayton-based Iams and file appropriate charges if the company knowingly withheld information about pet-food contamination. At least 13 cats and one dog are reported to have died of kidney failure after eating food manufactured by Menu Foods under several brand ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
Former strip club owner Michael Galardi was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in federal prison for bankrolling a failed scheme to bribe three San Diego city councilmen to relax rules on touching at adult cabarets. Galardi, a 45-year-old father of two, read a brief statement. "I'd like to start off by saying how sorry, truly sorry, I am for my actions. I want to apologize to the people for the shame and embarrassment I've caused ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
NEW ORLEANS - Steven L. Johnson, 56, of Covington, La., and Michael Larrieu, 18, of Gretna, La., were indicted today by a federal grand jury for crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten announced today. According to today's indictment, Johnson knowingly received images of child pornography over the Internet and was arrested after FBI agents executed a federal search warrant on his Covington residence on March 12, 2007. Johnson is charged ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
Under Proposal, Loans and Underwriting Would Be Sold to Private Subprime Lender ST. LOUIS - The union which represents workers who service single family home loans to persons living in rural America says the Bush administration is out to eliminate USDA's Rural Development's 502 Direct home loan program. AFGE Local 3354 of the American Federation of Government Employees says that the administration wants to eliminate administrative funding for 502 Direct Single Family Housing loans. Section ... [full story]
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