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Mar 02,2007
WASHINGTON - The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has called upon Defense Secretary Robert Gates to take immediate action to provide decent, sanitary housing for recuperating soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and to consider moving them to Department of Veterans Affairs facilities closer to their homes. In a forceful letter to Secretary Gates, DAV National Commander Bradley S. Barton expressed the organization's concerns raised in articles published by the Washington Post about the appalling ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
SAN DIEGO - The simultaneous burdens of warfare and homeland defense have battered the National Guard and Reserves, leaving them thinly staffed, underequipped and on the verge of collapse, a blue-ribbon panel with strong ties to San Diego concluded Thursday in a report to Congress. "They are at their lowest level of readiness in decades. They'll continue to be less and less ready," said Arnold Punaro, chairman of the Commission on the National Guard and ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Duncan Hunter's insistent warnings about China's threatening military buildup have stamped him as the Paul Revere of the fast-developing 2008 campaign. China is picking America's pocket and using its ill-gotten gains to acquire ships, planes and missiles in a challenge to U.S. national interests, Hunter says. By cheating at trade, the 14-term congressman adds, China has also been able to pirate many American industries and high-paying manufacturing jobs. But some ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - At a motorcycle dealership on the edge of town, Robert "R.J." Mitchell - war hero and medal winner, a guy who killed an Iraqi insurgent by plunging a knife into his neck - is hoping for a broken bike to come his way. He makes $15 an hour as a mechanic in the service department, but unless he's fixing a motorcycle, he isn't on the clock. Some days, like today, there isn't ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
ZEELAND, Mich. - For Americans who dread the onset of Daylight Saving Time (DST), which steals an hour of precious sleep every year -- unfortunately, time is not on your side. This year for the first time, DST will last from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November -- four weeks longer than usual. The change was mandated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, with the idea that longer daylight ... [full story]
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Mar 01,2007
SAN DIEGO - Serving the spiritual needs of 980,000 Roman Catholics, the Diocese of San Diego says it has 98 parishes, 16 missions, 43 elementary schools and three high schools. Yet in bankruptcy documents filed Wednesday in the long-running priest sex-abuse scandal, church officials claim the diocese owns about $96 million in property. An important battle in the bankruptcy marathon starting today before federal Judge Louise DeCarl Adler will be over what property the diocese ... [full story]
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Mar 01,2007
ST. LOUIS - Michael J. Devlin has been indicted on federal charges of production of child pornography and transportation of a minor for a criminal sex act, U.S. Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway of the Eastern District of Missouri announced today. Devlin, 41, of Kirkwood, Mo., was indicted by a federal grand jury earlier today on four felony counts of production of child pornography and two felony counts of transportation of a minor for a criminal ... [full story]
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Mar 01,2007
WASHINGTON - Republican Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) urged his colleagues in the House this afternoon to support a Republican effort that would ensure workers who sign up for union membership are legal residents of the United States. "I don't think it's unreasonable to make sure that folks who sign up to join a union are legally authorized to be here in the first place," Blunt said. "Last year, the House passed a tough immigration bill ... [full story]
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Mar 01,2007
SAN DIEGO - A little-known Mexican drug trafficking organization, which operated without the notoriety of more violent rivals like the Arellano Felix gang, was taken down Wednesday during a multistate bust announced in San Diego by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Investigators discovered the Cazares Gastellum cartel about two years ago in the border towns of California's Imperial Valley. It was first thought to be a small operation but turned out to be a massive ring ... [full story]
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Mar 01,2007
Federal officials unsealed charges relating to firearms trafficking today against 19 defendants in Mississippi and Chicago, Illinois. 18 defendants were arrested by federal, state, and local agents this morning in Chicago and Northern Mississippi, and one is in custody on an unrelated charge.  Fourteen of the defendants were charged in a federal complaint unsealed today in the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleges that the defendants conspired to illegally purchase firearms in pawn shops ... [full story]
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Feb 28,2007
The hottest ticket in the nation is Mega Millions. There was no jackpot winner in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing, so Americans woke up to a jackpot that's bulging at an estimated $267 Million for the Friday, March 2, 2007 drawing. Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 PM Eastern Time, 10:00 PM Central Time and 8:00 PM Pacific Time. For more information on Mega Millions please go to: http://www.megamillions.com/. A total of ... [full story]
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Feb 28,2007
Proposed legislation would protect the public by reducing the dangers of speeding on Florida's highways TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The National Safety Commission praised a proposal in the Legislature Wednesday to protect the public from drivers who think they can speed with impunity by using radar detection devices. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Steve Oelrich of Gainesville, would make using a radar detector a secondary traffic infraction, which means a motorist could be ticketed if he ... [full story]
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Feb 28,2007
SAN DIEGO - When it comes to art, one might think Paris. Or Rome, perhaps. San Diego? The city is probably better known for its catalog of stunning postcards than for its inventory of priceless works. So what's the world's greatest art forensics scientist - a man mentioned in best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" - doing here? Hoping to make San Diego the international leader in analyzing, understanding and conserving the world's art inventory. ... [full story]
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