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USDA Rejects 'Downer' Cow Ban
Washington Post - Thu Feb 28, 2008
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer told Congress yesterday that he would not endorse an outright ban on "downer" cows entering the food supply or back stiffer penalties for regulatory violations by meat-processing plants in the wake of the largest beef recall in the nation's history. More»

FBI: Scruggs paid 2 men to persuade AG
Associated Press - Wed Feb 27, 2008
JACKSON, Mississippi - A prominent attorney embroiled in a judicial bribery case paid two associates $500,000 to convince Mississippi's Attorney General not to file criminal charges against an insurance company, according to court records. More»

Inspectors say meat safety is threatened
Associated Press - Wed Feb 20, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Sometimes, government inspectors responsible for examining slaughterhouse cattle for mad cow disease and other ills are so short-staffed that they find themselves peering down from catwalks at hundreds of animals at once, looking for such telltale signs as droopy ears, stumbling gait and facial paralysis. More»

A sickening spectacle
USA Today - Mon Feb 18, 2008
Where's the beef? That catch phrase this week is giving way to a more troubling question: What's in the beef? A mind-boggling 143 million pounds of frozen meat was recalled by the government Sunday from a California slaughterhouse, the largest recall in US history. More»

USDA makes nation's largest beef recall
Associated Press - Sat Feb 16, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The US Department of Agriculture on Sunday ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse, the subject of an animal-abuse investigation, that provided meat to school lunch programs. More»

Photo: Bathroom Footsie Gay Senator "Acted Improperly" says Ethics Panel Bathroom Footsie Gay Senator "Acted Improperly" says Ethics Panel
Associated Press - Tue Feb 12, 2008
The Senate Ethics Committee said Wednesday that Idaho Senator Larry Craig acted improperly in connection with a men's room sex sting last year and had brought discredit on the Senate. More»

Mad Cow: Schools stop use of beef from slaughterhouse under investigation
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Mon Feb 11, 2008
Georgia schools have put on hold 178,000 pounds of beef that came from a California slaughterhouse under federal investigation for allegations that it processed cattle at higher risk of mad cow disease. More»

FBI 'Clean Team' re-interrogated 9/11 suspects
Washington Post - Mon Feb 11, 2008
The Bush administration announced yesterday that it intends to bring capital murder charges against half a dozen men allegedly linked to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, based partly on information the men disclosed to FBI and military questioners without the use of coercive interrogation tactics. More»

Feds agree to recognize fallen 9/11 EMT
Associated Press - Mon Jan 14, 2008
NEW YORK - After a five-year fight, the US government has dropped its effort to prevent a volunteer firefighter killed at the World Trade Center from receiving a federal death benefit for public safety officers who die on the job. More»

Photo: Effort to cut FEMA red tape knocked back Effort to cut FEMA red tape knocked back
Associated Press - Mon Dec 17, 2007
NEW ORLEANS - A week after Hurricane Katrina, a FEMA official in charge of streamlining the flow of disaster aid issued a directive that would have cut through the red tape and expedited a staggering 1,029 rebuilding projects and $5 billion. More»

Millions of tax refunds could be delayed
Associated Press - Sat Dec 1, 2007
WASHINGTON - Silena Davis had counted on an early tax refund to pay for getting her teeth fixed. More»

Toxic gas pervasive in FEMA units, tests show
MSNBC - Sun Nov 11, 2007
More than two years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita battered the Mississippi Gulf Coast, private tests of FEMA travel trailers and mobile homes provided to storm victims indicate that high levels of formaldehyde gas in the units is much more widespread than the government has acknowledged. More»

L.A. police plan to map Muslim areas criticized
Associated Press - Fri Nov 9, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Civil rights advocates criticized plans by the Los Angeles Police Department to map the city's Muslim communities, calling it racial profiling. More»

Photo: Pipe bomb locks down Arizona nuclear plant Pipe bomb locks down Arizona nuclear plant
Associated Press - Fri Nov 2, 2007
WINTERSBURG, Arizona - As authorities tried to understand why a contract worker would bring a pipe bomb to the nation's largest nuclear power plant, one thing was immediately clear: The security worked. More»

Photo: Judge booted for flipping coin to decide Judge booted for flipping coin to decide
Associated Press - Fri Nov 2, 2007
RICHMOND, Virginia - A judge who ordered a woman to drop her pants and decided a custody dispute by flipping a coin was removed from the bench by the Virginia Supreme Court on Friday. More»

Photo: General says waterboarding could save U.S. lives General says waterboarding could save U.S. lives
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Fri Nov 2, 2007
Army General Russel Honore said the general public shouldn't be so quick to condemn the use of waterboarding as an interrogation technique. More»

In soup-kitchen freezers, more meat from hunters
Christian Science Monitor - Wed Oct 10, 2007
BOGART, Georgia - As the whiff of fall descends in northeast Georgia, Victor Devine readies his bow for an annual rite he's observed since boyhood: the deer hunt. More»

Fla. police officer sues victim's family
Associated Press - Tue Oct 9, 2007
CASSELBERRY, Florida - A police officer who slipped and injured a knee during a rescue call has sued the family who phoned 911 after their 1-year-old boy nearly drowned. More»

Photo: US Considered Radioactive Poisons to Assassinate Leaders US Considered Radioactive Poisons to Assassinate Leaders
Associated Press - Sun Oct 7, 2007
WASHINGTON - In one of the longest-held secrets of the Cold War, the US Army explored the potential for using radioactive poisons to assassinate "important individuals" such as military or civilian leaders, according to newly declassified documents obtained by The Associated Press. More»

Photo: Greenspan, Kissinger: Oil Drives U.S. in Iraq, Iran Greenspan, Kissinger: Oil Drives U.S. in Iraq, Iran
Huffington Post - Sun Sep 23, 2007
Alan Greenspan had acknowledged what is blindingly obvious to those who live in the reality-based world: the Iraq War was largely about oil. More»

Senate Fails on Habeas Corpus
The Nation - Tue Sep 18, 2007
Today the US Senate fell four votes short of restoring Habeas Corpus, the fundamental constitutional right of individuals to challenge government detention, which the Republican Congress revoked in last year's Military Commissions Act. More»

Photo: US poverty rate 'declines significantly' US poverty rate 'declines significantly'
Associated Press - Mon Aug 27, 2007
WASHINGTON - Five years into a national economic recovery, the share of Americans living in poverty finally dropped. More»

Photo: Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Has Resigned Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Has Resigned
Associated Press - Sun Aug 26, 2007
CRAWFORD, Texas - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned, officials said Monday, ending a monthslong standoff with critics who questioned his honesty and competence at the helm of the Justice Department. More»

The Katrina Disaster: Two Years Later - and Counting
OpEd News - Sat Aug 18, 2007
"Americans want the Gulf Coast not just to survive, but to thrive; not just to cope, but to overcome. More»

Bovine gelatin spray "used to extend meat shelf life"
Food Quality News - Tue Jul 31, 2007
Sheryl Barringer and a researcher team at Ohio State University conducted the study by spraying a 20 per cent bovine gelatin solution onto beef tenderloins, pork loins, salmon fillets, and chicken breasts. More»

Photo: FBI searches Sen. Stevens' Alaska home FBI searches Sen. Stevens' Alaska home
Associated Press - Mon Jul 30, 2007
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Federal agents with cameras searched the home of US Senator Ted Stevens amid questions about an oil company official's involvement in a 2000 renovation project that doubled the home's size, law enforcement officials said. More»

Duncan O'Finioan's True Story is the Bourne Films on Steroids, Reports Director Judy Bel
EWORLDWIRE - Sun Jul 29, 2007
PALM SPRINGS, California - Duncan's life essentially ended at age six when his parents handed him over to the CIA for mind control experiments. More»

Photo: State Farm: No new home policies in Mississippi State Farm: No new home policies in Mississippi
MSNBC - Tue Feb 13, 2007
State Farm Insurance is suspending sales of any new commercial or homeowner policies in Mississippi starting Friday, citing in part a wave of litigation it has faced since Hurricane Katrina, a company official said Wednesday. More»

Betrayal of the Big Easy
The Guardian UK - Mon Jan 1, 2007
Hurricane Katrina forced out New Orleans's poor residents, and developers don't want them back. More»

Photo: Rummy's North Korea Connection Rummy's North Korea Connection
CNN - Sun Oct 8, 2006
What did Donald Rumsfeld know about ABB's deal to build nuclear reactors there? And why won't he talk about it? Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld rarely keeps his opinions to himself. More»

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