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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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Feb 28,2007
WASHINGTON - The nation's major freight railroads and a coalition of seven rail unions reached tentative agreement Wednesday on a new contract covering wages, benefits and other issues. The agreement with the Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition is the first to have been reached in the current round of bargaining. The Coalition represents more than 66,000 unionized workers or about 46 percent of rail employees covered in negotiations that began in November of 2004. Coalition members ... [full story]
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Feb 28,2007
WASHINGTON - The National Retail Federation today strongly urged the House to reject legislation that would take away the right to secret ballots in union elections, saying the move would subject workers to intimidation and that the bill is moving too quickly for proper consideration. The House is scheduled to vote Thursday on H.R. 800, the Employee Free Choice Act, sponsored by Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Calif. The bill would require the ... [full story]
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Feb 28,2007
WASHINGTON - With America still less safe than it should be five years after 9/11, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, Senator Debbie Stabenow, former 9/11 Commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste, Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans, International Association of Firefighters President Harold Schaitberger, and American Federation of Government Employees President John Gage today joined to call for a change. While President Bush and previous Congresses have chosen to delay solutions, the leaders today ... [full story]
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Feb 28,2007
LAUREL, Md. - NASA's New Horizons spacecraft successfully completed a flyby of Jupiter early this morning, using the massive planet's gravity to pick up speed for its 3-billion mile voyage to Pluto and the unexplored Kuiper Belt region beyond. "We're on our way to Pluto," said New Horizons Mission Operations Manager Alice Bowman of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Md. "The swingby was a success; the spacecraft is on course and performed ... [full story]
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Feb 28,2007
U.S. Senate declares March 'Go Direct Month' to shed light on safety and security benefits of direct deposit for Social Security payments WASHINGTON - Financial crime is a widespread concern among Americans, with four in 10 saying in a new Treasury Department-commissioned survey that they have been victims of identity theft or know someone who has. But the survey also reveals that people often leave themselves open to financial crimes -- even in their own ... [full story]
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Feb 28,2007
WASHINGTON - Diesel fumes pose a major health risk to commuters, according to a new report by the non-profit Clean Air Task Force. The Boston-based environmental research group reported today that even though we spend only a tiny portion of our day commuting, it's during the commute that we receive more than half our overall exposure to deadly fine particle pollution. "Exposure to diesel exhaust during commutes poses a serious public health risk that needs ... [full story]
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Feb 28,2007
SAN DIEGO - A tow-truck driver discovered a human head in a trash bag off Interstate 5 on Tuesday morning, and two hours later, a Caltrans crew 3 miles away found a hand. The gruesome discoveries along the I-5 corridor came one day after a man's dismembered body was found floating in a culvert in the Palm City community in South County. Asked how much of the victim's body had been recovered, San Diego police ... [full story]
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Feb 28,2007
One of the most common charges in the immigration debate is that immigrants compete for jobs and lower the wages of U.S.-born workers. This isn't the case, according to a study released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). Examining over 40 years of data using precise statistical methods, the analysis goes beyond most previous research to show comprehensively how immigration affects the job opportunities and wages of U.S.-born workers in the state. ... [full story]
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Feb 28,2007
WASHINGTON - Congress and the White House are set to begin another rancorous season of immigration debate this week as two Bush administration officials travel to Capitol Hill to make the president's case for legalizing millions of illegal immigrants and welcoming potentially millions of temporary workers in the future. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez are scheduled to appear Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the starting point for the ... [full story]
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