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Apr 22,2009
NEW YORK -- Shawn Kovell says she still loves Robert Chambers some two years after he was sent to prison in New York's "Preppie Killer" case. Kovell, 40, who was given probation Tuesday on a drug charge, told reporters she had been "hopelessly tied" to Chambers since 1986 when he was charged in the strangulation of Jennifer Levin in Central Park. "After 22 years, I don't love him any less than day one," Kovell said ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
CHICAGO -- Teen pregnancies and funding changes in Washington are prompting Illinois educators to examine how they teach sex education, officials say. Illinois law does not require sex education but specifies the emphasis must be on abstinence if it is taught, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday. Nine of 10 Illinois health educators cover abstinence but how they do so varies, says a report in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "There's always a balancing act, ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
MIAMI -- Florida wildlife authorities say they are trying to find a solution to a growing population of bears, which are creating a nuisance. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission received 2,969 complaints about bears last year, compared to just 450 in 1998, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday. Bears once roamed the forested land now occupied by Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. With housing developments expanding into what's left of their ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The pilot of a small plane ended up in Tampa Bay while trying to land his two-seater at an airport in St. Petersburg, Fla., authorities say. Gilbert Nadeau literally ran out of runway and his plane skidded into the water during a failed landing attempt at Albert Whitted Airport Tuesday night, the St. Petersburg Times reports. Nadeau, 58, of St. Petersburg, emerged without a scratch but firefighters say the plane was ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., says President Barack Obama's plan for Pakistan is not adequate to address the issues facing the volatile country. "Pakistan is in a moment of peril," Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said during a USA Today interview. "And I believe there is not in place yet an adequate policy or plan to deal with it." Kerry said he also advised administration aides to stop using "Af-Pak" to ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
WASHINGTON -- Plans are being developed to send former U.S. law enforcement officers to Mexico to train Mexican police in their battle against drug cartels, officials said. Up to 300 former U.S. law enforcement personnel would be sent to Mexico later this year to train about 9,000 Mexican police, USA Today reported Wednesday. The goal would be to quash official corruption and violence fueled by warring drug cartels. Officials said the plan would create a ... [full story]
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Apr 20,2009
NEW ORLEANS, April 20 (UPI) -- Police in New Orleans searched for two missing college students after charging a man with kidnapping them, investigators said Monday. Kenneth J. Barnes, 22, was charged with aggravated kidnapping and home invasion after the disappearance Sunday of Fitzgerald Phillips and Calyisse Perkins, both 19, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. Phillips and Perkins, both students at Southeastern Louisiana University, were kidnapped from Perkins' apartment by two men, police said. Barnes ... [full story]
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Apr 20,2009
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama challenged his Cabinet members Monday to each trim $100 million from departmental budgets while he reviews what programs can be erased. "(Take) $100 million here and $100 million there, and pretty soon, even in Washington, it adds up to real money," Obama said after his first meeting with his Cabinet. "We have an obligation to make sure that this government is as efficient as possible and that every taxpayer dollar ... [full story]
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Apr 20,2009
MINNEAPOLIS -- Al Franken's staff said Monday the Democratic U.S. senate candidate has picked his Minnesota state director though he has yet to have his victory certified. Franken has dipped into the congressional staff talent pool and selected longtime Democratic activist Alana Peterson, the Star Tribune reported. Peterson most recently was political director and state field director for U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., the Minneapolis newspaper noted. Franken spokeswoman Jess McIntosh said Peterson hasn't been ... [full story]
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Apr 20,2009
HAZARD, Ky. -- Kentucky officials have not sought charges against a state worker accused of falsifying mine inspection reports, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Monday. Despite determining that Betty Sue Whitaker allegedly endangered coal miners by only pretending to evaluate workers as a safety analyst in the Hazard district of the state's Office of Mine Safety and Licensing, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has not asked a prosecutor to review the case for possible criminal ... [full story]
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Apr 20,2009
JUPITER, Fla. -- A surfer attacked by a shark at Jupiter, Fla., may have lost two toes, witnesses to the incident said. Officials at the Jupiter Medical Center said the unidentified male victim was in stable condition following the shark attack near Carlin Park, WPTV of Palm Beach, Fla., reported Monday. The man was attacked by the shark while surfing Sunday. Lifeguards attempted to stem the bleeding on his injured foot by wrapping it with ... [full story]
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Apr 20,2009
COLUMBINE, Colo. -- Hundreds of people turned out in Colorado to quietly mark Monday's 10th anniversary of the slaying of 12 students and one teacher at Columbine High School. Regina Evans, who was a sophomore at Columbine during the April 20, 1999, massacre, said she knew several of the victims. "I sat next to Kelly Fleming in math," Evans said. "She was just the sweetest person you could know. I just couldn't understand." Evans said ... [full story]
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Apr 20,2009
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit filed in San Jose, Calif., allege a defect in Sleep Number beds can cause them to incubate dangerous mold. Attorney Robert Gagliasso's law firm is heading up the lawsuit against the makers of the beds, Select Comfort Corp., alleging the company knew of the defect and concealed its existence, the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer said Monday. Gagliasso alleges in the suit that while not all ... [full story]
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