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Feb 27,2009
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper asked Parliament to let him bypass normal approvals to release of $3 billion in immediately stimulus spending. Harper, whose Conservative Party holds a minority Parliament position, said lawmakers needed to take shortcuts, including not knowing the spending's details in advance, to fast-track a needed short-term cash infusion between April and June. Under normal procedures, lawmakers review the details, a process that wouldn't release the interim money ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
NEW YORK - Anger was reported among the jobless as nine mostly southern U.S. governors consider rejecting stimulus money for unemployment benefits, officials say. The recently passed federal stimulus bill includes millions of dollars for incentives to states to expand benefits to many more jobless people. But, Republican governors of Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina, along with Alaska and Idaho, and the Democratic governor of Tennessee, have expressed reservations, The New York ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
WASHINGTON - Conservatives said they worry Democrats will take a less visible approach to crack down on a U.S. media company that airs a popular conservative talk show host. After the U.S. Senate voted in favor of a measure that would bar federal regulators from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine for broadcasting, it also passed an amendment would direct the Federal Communications Commission to "promote diversity in communication media ownership and to ensure that broadcast station ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
PRINCETON, N.J. - An overwhelming majority of Americans say they oppose giving more taxpayer money to two U.S. automakers to help them remain solvent, a poll indicates. A Gallup poll found that 72 percent of Americans say Congress should not authorize the additional $21 billion in emergency loans that General Motors Corp. (NYSE:GM) and Chrysler LLC are requesting. Just a quarter of respondents said Congress should help the two companies avert bankruptcy. Gallup said even ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
CINCINNATI - A former employee at the Cincinnati morgue had sex with the bodies of at least three slain women, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Thursday. Deters said that Kenneth Douglas has admitted abusing corpses and has said he might have had sex with as many as 100 during his 16 years as night attendant in the Hamilton County morgue, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. "This guy's just a pig. I can't explain why someone ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
A coalition of federal and local law enforcement agencies in Oregon targeted those who sexually exploit children through human trafficking as part of a nationwide crackdown this past weekend. During an overnight sting operation Thursday, February 19, 2009, dozens of agents, officers and deputies worked to rescue child victims of sex crimes while identifying the adults involved in the trafficking. Both enforcement actions are aimed at disrupting the cycle of victimization by getting the children ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
FORT VALLEY, Ga. - Sheriff's deputies rescued a newborn girl from a holding cell toilet in a Georgia jail after a woman gave birth. Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese said that the girl, who weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, at birth, was doing well in a hospital hours after she was pulled from the toilet Wednesday morning, The Sun News in Macon reported. The mother, Cornelia Kornegay, 25, did not tell anyone she was pregnant, ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
Technology Transfer Plan: State University Research & Tech to Transfer to Private Sector Businesses Effective Immediately Oregon Attorney General John Kroger today announced steps to accelerate the transfer of state university research and technology to private sector businesses, fulfilling a pledge to help create more good-paying jobs in the state. The reforms are effective immediately. "When I took office in January, I said I wanted to remove barriers between Oregon's universities and the entrepreneurs who ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Attorney General John Kroger announced yesterday that Oregon will seek to join a lawsuit against the federal government over the longstanding failure to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation on the Columbia River. "This suit is about compelling the federal government to uphold its commitment to protect fully our environment and our citizens," Governor Ted Kulongoski said. "Further delay is unacceptable.  The federal government must make this clean up a priority and ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Treasury Department's proposed budget makes contingencies if the financial system needs further stabilization, the Obama administration said. A $250 billion contingent reserve was part of President Barack Obama's proposed budget for fiscal year 2010 presented to Congress Thursday. "The reserve, which reflects a net cost to the government, would support $750 billion in asset purchases," the document said. "The existence of this reserve in the budget does not represent a specific ... [full story]
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