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Apr 27,2007
Q: I saw an article in my local newspaper about eliminating cattails that are growing in a pond. In my case, they are not in a pond. They are in a bit of a marshy area that I have on my property. In the 22 years I have owned the property, the cattails have taken over more and more ground. How do I get rid of them?  A: It is common for cattails to spread ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2007
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - The fastest-starting presidential campaign in history gave the country its earliest-ever candidate debate Thursday night when the eight Democrats fighting for the party's 2008 nomination squared off in South Carolina, arguing most passionately over their positions on the war in Iraq.   Sen. Barack Obama A full 279 days before the state holds its primary election and 264 days before the first vote that counts is cast in Iowa, the candidates gently poked at ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2007
LOS ANGELES - The first witness in the Phil Spector murder trial testified Thursday that she dated the acclaimed record in the 1990s until one day he held her at gunpoint, struck her twice in the head and demanded that she undress. "I was terrified," said Dorothy Melvin, a former manager for comedian Joan Rivers. Melvin is the first of at least four women expected to recount drunken, violent encounters with Spector and a firearm. ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2007
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration appears to be delaying the start of a one-year experiment that would allow 100 Mexican carriers free access to U.S. highways for the first time since 1982. Congressional critics of the plan said they have been told by U.S. transportation officials that the administration will comply with legislation to delay the program until U.S. truckers receive the equivalent right to travel throughout Mexico. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a sponsor of ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2007
The 1968 assassination of Bobby Kennedy - third in a murder sequence that already had taken the lives of his brother John and Martin Luther King Jr. - loosed a tornado of demands for tougher gun laws. Congressional offices were deluged with mail. My own staff counted 1,400 letters in a single week. Gun control was expected to dominate our legislative schedule for the balance of that summer. But it did not, because a second ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2007
Why do U.S. companies relocate their plants overseas, thereby abolishing U.S. jobs? a. They can hire workers at very low wages (such as 30 cents an hour in China). b. The companies don't have to pay any employee benefits. c. They don't have to comply with safety and environmental regulations. d. They don't have to pay foreign taxes when they export their products back to us. The correct answer is all of the above. The ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2007
BELGRADE, Serbia - The head of a U.N. mission said Belgrade suggested supervised autonomy as a solution to the political future of Serbia's ethnic-Albanian Kosovo province. Belgian Ambassador to the United Nations Johan Verbeke told reporters in Belgrade Thursdaythat Serbian leaders advised him a U.N. plan giving Kosovo internationally supervised independence could be replaced with "supervised autonomy," Serbia's RTS radio-television said. Verbeke said Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica gave him a written document to take ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2007
WASHINGTON – A former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) district director pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to defraud the United States through his involvement in a tax fraud scheme promoted by the Topeka, Kansas-based “Renaissance, The Tax People, Inc.,” the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced. During a hearing before U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia in Kansas City, Kan., Jesse Ayala Cota admitted defrauding the U.S. Treasury of more than $1.3 million and to ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2007
WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) this week voted in favor of the conference report on H.R. 1591, the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act of 2007.  "For the first time in more than four years, Congress is exercising its constitutional responsibilities over issues of war and peace and challenging the President's stay-the-course, open-ended military commitment to Iraq," said DeFazio.  "This bill will begin the long overdue redeployment of ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2007
NEW YORK - New York police reportedly have arrested a man alleged to be the U.S. leader of the Tamil Tigers, who are waging a separatist war in Sri Lanka. CNN reported Thursday Karunakaran Kandasamy was arrested in Queens and charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Details of his arrest were not released. A federal court complaint accused Kandasamy of being the leader of the Tamil Tigers' American branch, responsible for ... [full story]
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