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Feb 01,2008
SAN FRANCISCO - A weapons trader accused of selling sensitive technology to Iran was held in San Francisco Friday pending a detention hearing, ABC News reported.Laura Wang-Woodford allegedly earned millions from her deals but had eluded U.S. law enforcement until her arrest Dec. 24 at the San Francisco International Airport. She had reportedly just flown in from Singapore to visit her mother.U.S. government officials said Wang-Woodford has been selling munitions to Iran for more than ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate John McCain's campaign is out of debt after a Washington bank issued a $3 million loan with a life insurance policy.McCain has raised at least $7 million this month, vaulting his campaign coffers into the black after he took out the loan in November while the campaign was $500,000 in debt, The Washington Post reported Friday.Finance reports for 2007 submitted Thursday to the Federal Election Commission revealed the loan, as ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has been criticized for taking too long to tell the public about hazardous consumer products, a report said. Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group, conducted a study of 46 product recalls from 2002 to 2007, which resulted in companies being fined for late notification reports, the Washington Post reported Friday."In these cases where reports are coming in so late, you'd think the agency would release information quicker. ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., raised more than $1 million a day during January, campaign officials announced. The $32 million in donations, a record for the month, came during the interest generated by Obama's primary victories in Iowa and South Carolina, The Washington Times said.Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., Obama's Democratic Party opponent, hasn't released January fundraising totals, which aren't required until Feb. 20.Campaign figures for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
Oregonians smoked an estimated 2.6 billion fewer cigarettes between 1996 and 2006 as consumption decreased 41 percent during that time, according to a report from the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) Public Health Division. Oregon outpaced the nation by 10 percent, as cigarette smoking dropped 31 percent in the United States during the same period, according to "Oregon Tobacco Facts," released by the Oregon Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP). Tobacco use has declined ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
WASHINGTON - White House and congressional officials said the Bush administration's budget for fiscal 2009 will include a virtual freeze on domestic spending programs.The officials said the $3 trillion budget, expected to be released Monday, will also seek to take billions of dollars away from federal health programs to help the White House reach its goal of balancing the budget by 2012, The Washington Post reported Friday.However, some programs will apparently be immune to the ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
WASHINGTON - A conservative group is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to approve ads for its documentary "Hillary: The Movie" despite Federal Election Commission rules.The movie, critical of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., opened Jan. 16 in Washington and is being shown in selected cities.But, the group behind the film, Citizens United, cannot use its three TV commercials unless it agrees to FEC rules. Without ads, it's unlikely many will see the film, ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
WASHINGTON - McCain's failure to fill out a questionnaire for a voter-information research group could result in his removal from the board, the group's president said.Richard Kimball, president of Project Vote Smart, said the U.S. senator from Arizona and Republican presidential candidate, who is a founding board member of the group, may lose his position at the project unless he answers the issues questionnaire, The Washington Times reported Friday.Kimball said lawmakers have previously been removed ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
BEND, Ore. - Neil Kelly Company, Oregon’s “most experienced” design/build remodeler, has completed purchase of a Bend kitchen and bath business and will be opening a remodeling design center and showroom to serve the central Oregon market. The acquisition of Kitchen & Bath Concepts’ business and its building at 190 NE Irving Ave. is effective today. The local showroom will remain open and current projects will continue while the building undergoes extensive remodeling. It will ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
SHANGHAI - Western businesses said they have noticed higher bills coming in from Chinese suppliers as inflation begins to take hold in China.Various executives and analysts told The New York Times that a raft of factors, including the softer U.S. dollar, are making it more expensive to operate in the People's Republic.The Times, in a report Friday, said higher energy and material costs plus new business regulations and the weaker greenback added up to a ... [full story]
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