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Mar 30,2009
DALLAS -- The wife of running back Ryan Moats says she wants a personal apology from a Dallas police officer who detained her at gunpoint while her mother lay dying. Tamishia Moats, her husband and two other relatives were driving with hazard lights on to Baylor Regional Medical Center when Officer Robert Powell pulled them over outside the hospital, The Dallas Morning News reported Monday. "I was afraid for her because he was pointing a gun ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
SEOUL -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says he won't order any military action in response to a planned rocket firing by North Korea. Speaking to the Financial Times newspaper, Lee said that while Japan is "rightly" concerned about its citizens' safety, a military response from Seoul isn't appropriate. "What I do oppose is to militarily respond to these kind of actions because it is also not in their interest to test-fire anything," Lee told the ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
WASHINGTON -- Washington lawyer Thomas Dunlap says he no longer represents the owner of a tape that purports to show Vice President Joe Biden's daughter snorting cocaine. "I don't have any involvement," Dunlap told New York's Daily News. Dunlap, a managing partner at Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver, had been trying to sell the tape to British and U.S. news organizations for $250,000-$2 million, the Daily News reported. Dunlap, on behalf of the unidentified tape's owner, previously had shown ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
ROANOKE, Va. -- U.S. prosecutors say they are getting ready to try a Nevada man whom they contend idolized Virginia Tech mass killer Cho Seung-hui. Authorities say a Roanoke, Va., trial is set for April 28 for Johnmarlo Balasta Napa, 27, of Henderson, Nev., who allegedly sent threatening e-mail messages to two Virginia Tech students who had arguments with Cho before his April 2007 rampage, in which he killed 32 people before killing himself, The Washington ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
LAHORE, Pakistan -- Thirty police cadets and employees were killed in a Pakistani police academy Monday during a standoff between militants and police, officials said. Military spokesman Gen. Athar Abbas said at least 52 other people were injured during the eight-hour standoff that began when the attackers stormed the Manawan police academy with hand grenades during morning drills, CNN reported. Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said four of the 10 to 12 gunmen were killed in the ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
HANOI, Vietnam -- Authorities in Vietnam say a windstorm and unseasonably cold temperatures have damaged houses and destroyed crops in Nghe An province. No injuries were reported despite winds powerful enough to blow the roofs off an estimated 50 homes in the Anh Son district of Nghe An, the Voice of Vietnam Radio reported Monday. Sunday's storm also damaged the area's rice crop and fruit orchards, Voice of Vietnam said. Copyright © 2009, by United Press International. All ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
WASHINGTON -- An array of U.S. lawmakers and interest groups are rallying around a new push to re-examine economic sanctions imposed on Cuba, observers say. Politicians such as Senate Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Richard Lugar, R-Ind., as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Human Rights Watch, are teaming up on an effort to change Cuba policy, The ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
DAVAO CITY, Philippines -- Filipino officials Monday began an inquiry into more than 800 unexplained slayings in Davao City since 1998, allegedly the work of a vigilante group. Commission on Human Rights Chairwoman Leila de Lima said before the inquiry she was concerned about the "growing culture or mentality of public acceptance of executions," the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported Monday. "This is worse than apathy and indifference," she told the newspaper, noting that some justify the killings ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
WASHINGTON -- Investigators are probing whether an influential lobbyist used straw campaign contributors to funnel illegal donations to U.S. lawmakers, sources say. The lobbyist, Paul Magliocchetti of the PMA Group, is closing the doors of his once-booming practice next week amid reports that federal prosecutors have raided his office and his home, The New York Times reported Monday. The newspaper, quoting unnamed former PMA staff members familiar with the inquiry, said the prosecutors' initial direction appears ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
BAGHDAD -- Violent weekend clashes in Baghdad involving Iraqi soldiers, U.S. forces and a Sunni Arab Awakening Council foreshadow challenges ahead, analysts say. Witnesses said the violence began Saturday after Iraqi and U.S. troops arrested an Awakening leader in Baghdad's Fadhil neighborhood for alleged criminal and terrorist acts, such as extortion and launching roadside bomb attacks against Iraqi security forces, The New York Times reported Monday. Gun battles reportedly erupted as Awakening fighters took to the ... [full story]
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