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Mar 29,2007
State is 29th to adopt unifying language policy for all residents Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter signed S. 1172 into law Wednesday, making Idaho the 29th state to adopt English as its official language. Sponsored by Sen. Mel Richardson, the bill makes English the official language of the state government with common sense exceptions for areas such as health care and judicial proceedings. The measure previously passed the Idaho House of Representatives on March 19 ... [full story]
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Mar 29,2007
San Diego FBI chief Dan Dzwilewski was scolded and then muzzled by an FBI official in Washington after he commented to The San Diego Union-Tribune in January that then-U.S. Attorney Carol Lam's firing was political and would affect ongoing corruption cases. FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged during testimony Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee that one of his subordinates, John Pistole, told Dzwilewski his statements were inappropriate and that he should keep quiet. Mueller also ... [full story]
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Mar 28,2007
WASHINGTON - An Indiana man has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for selling more than $700,000 worth of counterfeit computer software on the eBay Internet auction site, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the U.S. Justice Department's Criminal Division and Susan W. Brooks, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, announced today. Courtney Smith, 36, of Anderson, Ind., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sarah Barker of the Southern District ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2007
Consumers still grappling with digital transitions in television, music and photography have yet another digital turn in the road ahead - HD Radio. The new format - with improved sound quality for AM and FM broadcasts - is emerging on the airwaves across the country. Unlike the recent innovation of satellite radio, HD Radio programming is free to listeners. For consumers willing to buy new digital radios, it means more programs to choose from. The ... [full story]
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Mar 28,2007
Two men were taken into custody Tuesday night after crashing their vehicle through a fence and fleeing on foot, suspected of burglarizing and vandalizing the well-known tourist attraction and surrounding grounds of Petersen Rock Garden between Bend and Redmond, authorities reported.  The driver is also accused of drunk driving and auto theft.   Petersen Rock Garden    Donald J. Bowling (left), and Robert Wayne Caward (right) – DCJ photos Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the popular attraction at ... [full story]
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Mar 28,2007
Behind closed doors, the Bush administration is moving ahead with its long-held goal to overhaul the nation's landmark law for wildlife protection, something several politicians have tried for years without success. A leaked document shows potential revisions to the Endangered Species Act that could give states more authority over imperiled species, limit the use of some federal safeguards and curb the autonomy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The 114-page document was made public ... [full story]
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Mar 28,2007
A former border inspector who accepted more than $70,000 in bribes for allowing illegal immigrants into the country was sentenced to 57 months in prison Monday on bribery and smuggling charges. Richard Elizalda, 56, of Chula Vista, Calif., pleaded guilty to bribery and smuggling charges in September 2006. He admitted accepting between $70,000 to $120,000 in cash and automobiles and said he allowed hundreds of illegal immigrants into the country between 2004 and June 2006, ... [full story]
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Mar 28,2007
A Washington man was killed Tuesday morning when his vehicle drifted onto the shoulder of the highway, struck a rock wall and overturned, Oregon State Police (OSP) reported.   Alan Ray Obermiller of Arlington, WA was killed Tuesday in a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 about ten miles west of Boardman – OSP photo Alan Ray Obermiller, 38, of Arlington, Washington was traveling west on Interstate-84 about ten miles west of Boardman, troopers said in a ... [full story]
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Mar 28,2007
A 26-year old surfer overcome by a series of large waves on Yaquina Head near the north end of Newport in Lincoln County died Tuesday afternoon, Oregon State Police (OSP) reported. The male victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of his parents who are scheduled to return from a trip outside of the country sometime today, was surfing with two friends when a series of large waves overcame the group.  The victim became ... [full story]
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Mar 28,2007
(Washington, D.C.) - A coalition of governmental, community and conservation organizations said Tuesday there is an urgent need to improve state and community wildfire protection and called on Congress to support increased funding for the State Fire Assistance (SFA) program managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Some of the coalition members that signed a letter in support of the additional funding included the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Denver Water, the National Association of Counties, ... [full story]
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