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Mar 09,2007
Louisiana to Be Only State in U.S. That Allows Cockfighting ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico's controversial bill to ban cockfighting, which has received national media attention, passed the New Mexico House of Representatives on Thursday with a 49 to 20 vote. This was the final legislative hurdle for the bill sponsored by Senator Mary Jane Garcia (D-Dona Ana County, NM). After nearly 20 years of attempts to pass the state Legislature, the bill will become ... [full story]
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Mar 09,2007
LOS ANGELES - Federal agents and police from Los Angeles, Baldwin Park and Montebello began executing a dozen search warrants last night on members of the Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips gang following an 18-month investigation into the gang's violations of state firearms and narcotics laws. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has been investigating the gang and its associates since late 2005. Last month, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief ... [full story]
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Mar 09,2007
WASHINGTON - A long confirmation battle came to an abrupt end Thursday as the Senate approved Stark County Judge Sara E. Lioi's nomination to be a U.S. District Court Judge for Ohio's northern judicial district. The Senate action followed an Odyssey that included successful efforts to win approval for her in a Senate committee last fall, only to be followed by a political squabble that prevented her from getting a confirmation vote in the Senate ... [full story]
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Mar 08,2007
NASA has announced the termination of U.S. Navy Captain Lisa Nowak, who will return to an active duty assignment with the U.S. Navy.  Her termination, made by mutual agreement between NASA and the Navy, became effective today. Nowak is the astronaut charged with attempted kidnapping and other felonies related to an incident in Florida with a woman she perceived as a rival for the affections of another astronaut -- William Oefelein, a Navy commander.   NASA ... [full story]
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Mar 08,2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Hassan Abujihaad, formerly known as Paul R. Hall, 31, of 15449 N. 25th Avenue, Apt. #2025, Phoenix, was arrested today in Phoenix on a federal criminal complaint from the District of Connecticut, U.S. Attorney Kevin J. O'Connor for the District of Connecticut announced today. The complaint alleges that, in 2001, Abujihaad provided material support or resources, knowing or intending that they were to be used in preparation for, or in carrying ... [full story]
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Mar 08,2007
Hoffa Raises Serious Concerns about Public Safety, National Security WASHINGTON - International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa testified today before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development to voice the union's opposition to the Bush administration's recent decision to allow unsafe Mexican trucks to operate throughout the United States. "First it was the Dubai Ports debacle, now it's the cross-border trucking debacle," Hoffa said. "President Bush consistently risks our ... [full story]
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Mar 08,2007
WASHINGTON - Meat and poultry producers are facing rapid increases in the cost of the grain needed to feed their animals, which economists predict will result in higher consumer prices, the chicken industry told Congress today. Soaring demand for corn, the largest component of animal feed, from ethanol producers has doubled the cost of corn in recent months and driven up by 40 percent the feed cost of the chicken industry alone, a spokesperson told ... [full story]
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Mar 08,2007
SAN DIEGO - The first defendant to plead guilty to his role in last year's kidnapping and murder of a man in Hamdaniya, Iraq, is scheduled to leave prison today. Navy Hospitalman Melson J. Bacos is one of eight Camp Pendleton servicemen accused of carrying out a plot that led to the April 26, 2006, death of Hashim Ibrahim Awad, an Iraqi civilian. As part of a plea agreement in October, he was sentenced to ... [full story]
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Mar 08,2007
Chamber becomes third this year to approve common language legislation WASHINGTON - The Idaho Senate voted 20- 15 yesterday to make English the official language of Idaho, demonstrating the importance of a common bond in an increasingly diverse state. Introduced by Sen. Mel Richardson, S.B. 1172 would require that most government business be done in English, with common sense exceptions in areas such as health care and judicial proceedings. If the measure passes the House ... [full story]
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Mar 08,2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Three of the five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission heard this message clearly over and over: Ohio's minority population is not being well-served by policies that allow consolidation of media. And two of the commissioners, Jonathan S. Adelstein and Michael J. Copps, agreed. They and fellow commissioner Robert M. McDowell attended a Columbus town meeting on the "Future of Media" Wednesday night. Copps criticized former FCC Chairman Michael Powell for operating ... [full story]
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Mar 07,2007
The U.S. branch of an international Islamic charity and five of its officers, employees or associates have been indicted for illegally transferring funds to Iraq, laundering money, stealing federal funds, and obstructing tax laws by, among other things, falsely denying that a procurement agent of Osama bin Laden had been an employee of the charity, Assistant Attorney General for National Security Kenneth L. Wainstein, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Bradley J. Schlozman, ... [full story]
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Mar 07,2007
'Operation FALCON' Is Largest-Ever Fugitive Operation Conducted in Baltimore Area BALTIMORE - The largest sweep of its kind ever conducted in Baltimore has resulted in hundreds of violent criminal arrests, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein of the District of Maryland, and U.S. Marshal Johnny Hughes announced today. A five-day law enforcement sweep called "Operation FALCON (Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally)-Baltimore" targeted violent offenders and ... [full story]
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Mar 07,2007
TIJUANA - Baja California officials are drawing up a master plan for the development of the city that will surround the planned Punta Colonet megaport 150 miles south of the border, Gov. Eugenio Elorduy Walther said in an interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune. The port-rail Colonet complex "will be the most important project that has been constructed in the history of Mexico," the governor said. Momentum on the project is now picking up, he ... [full story]
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