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AP Investigation: Banks sought foreign workers
Associated Press - Sun Feb 1, 2009
SANTA CLARA, California - Major US banks sought government permission to bring thousands of foreign workers into the country for high-paying jobs even as the system was melting down last year and Americans were getting laid off, according to an Associated Press review of visa applications. More»

93-year-old froze to death, owed big utility bill
Associated Press - Sun Jan 25, 2009
BAY CITY, Michigan - A 93-year-old man froze to death inside his home just days after the municipal power company restricted his use of electricity because of unpaid bills, officials said. More»

Photo: Waco leader David Koresh's mother 'stabbed to death by her sister' Waco leader David Koresh's mother 'stabbed to death by her sister'
Daily Mail, UK - Sat Jan 24, 2009
The mother of infamous Waco leader David Koresh has been stabbed to death and her sister taken into custody charged with her murder. More»

Photo: Blagojevich: I'm the victim of plot to raise taxes Blagojevich: I'm the victim of plot to raise taxes
Associated Press - Fri Jan 23, 2009
CHICAGO - Launching an all-out media blitz as his impeachment trial draws near, Governor Rod Blagojevich compared himself Friday to an honest, hardworking cowboy and said he was about to be lynched by a band of black-hatted political insiders eager to raise taxes. More»

Photo: Steven Joseph Christopher Denied Bond Steven Joseph Christopher Denied Bond
Associated Press - Wed Jan 21, 2009
JACKSON, Mississippi - A federal judge denied bond for Steven Joseph Christopher on Thursday in connection with charges of threatening to assassinate President Barack Obama. More»

Obama freezes salaries of some White House aides
Associated Press - Tue Jan 20, 2009
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's first public act in office Wednesday was to institute new limits on lobbyists in his White House and to freeze the salaries of high-paid aides, in a nod to the country's economic turmoil. More»

Suspicious powder mailed to Wall Street Journal
Associated Press - Tue Jan 20, 2009
NEW YORK - Police evacuated the newsroom and executive offices of the Wall Street Journal at the Dow Jones building Wednesday after about a dozen envelopes that contained a white powder were received. More»

'Suspicious' fire forces Obama supporter to cancel D.C. trip
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Mon Jan 19, 2009
CUMMING, Georgia - A Forsyth County woman has canceled plans to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama and returned from Washington to check on a fire that destroyed her home. More»

Sen. Ted Kennedy collapses at inaugural lunch
CNN - Mon Jan 19, 2009
WASHINGTON - Senator Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, collapsed Tuesday afternoon during a luncheon for President Barack Obama in the Capitol's Statuary Hall. More»

Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address
Associated Press - Mon Jan 19, 2009
Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address on Tuesday, as prepared for delivery and released by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. More»

Obama takes office, saying choose 'hope over fear'
Associated Press - Mon Jan 19, 2009
WASHINGTON - Stepping into history, Barack Hussein Obama grasped the reins of power as America's first black president on Tuesday, saying the nation must choose "hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord" to overcome the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. More»

Photo: "Stevie" Arrested for Threatening President-Elect Obama "Stevie" Arrested for Threatening President-Elect Obama
Associated Press - Thu Jan 15, 2009
JACKSON, Mississippi - A Wisconsin man was arrested Friday in Mississippi after authorities said he threatened on the Internet to kill President-elect Barack Obama. More»

FDA scientists allege mismanagement at agency
CNN - Sun Jan 11, 2009
WASHINGTON - Nine scientists at the Food and Drug Administration have written a letter to President-elect Barack Obama and his transition team, alleging gross mismanagement at the agency that has "placed the American public at risk". More»

Photo: Lynndie England: 'What happens in war happens' Lynndie England: 'What happens in war happens'
The Guardian, UK - Fri Jan 2, 2009
In 2004, photographs of abuses at Abu Ghraib shocked the world: Seven people were charged, but the face of the scandal will always be Lynndie England, the 21-year-old private grinning at the camera. More»

Photo: Illinois governor's federal security clearance revoked Illinois governor's federal security clearance revoked
Associated Press - Fri Jan 2, 2009
CHICAGO - The US Department of Homeland Security has revoked embattled Governor Rod Blagojevich's access to classified federal security information, officials said Friday. More»

Cash-strapped states cut juvenile justice programs
Associated Press - Fri Dec 26, 2008
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - State budget cuts are forcing some of the nation's youngest criminals out of counseling programs and group homes and into juvenile prisons in what critics contend is a shortsighted move that will eventually lead to more crime and higher costs. More»

Rare snow covers south Louisiana, Mississippi
Associated Press - Wed Dec 10, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - A rare snowfall blanketed south Louisiana and parts of Mississippi Thursday, closing schools, government offices and bridges, triggering crashes on major highways and leaving thousands of people without power. More»

Photo: Sen. Larry Craig loses appeal in airport sex case Sen. Larry Craig loses appeal in airport sex case
Associated Press - Mon Dec 8, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS - Idaho Senator Larry Craig has lost his latest attempt to withdraw his guilty plea in the Minneapolis airport men's room sex sting that effectively ended his Senate career. More»

It's official: US has been in a recession all year!
Associated Press - Mon Dec 1, 2008
WASHINGTON - It's official - The US economy has been in a recession for the past year. More»

Plea deal offered to 8-year-old murder suspect
Associated Press - Sat Nov 29, 2008
PHOENIX - Prosecutors have offered a plea deal to an 8-year-old boy charged with murder in the shooting deaths of his father and another man in their eastern Arizona home, court records show. More»

Photo: Attorney General Mukasey collapses during speech Attorney General Mukasey collapses during speech
Associated Press - Wed Nov 19, 2008
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Michael Mukasey, the no-nonsense former federal judge who took over the Justice Department after Alberto Gonzales resigned in disgrace, collapsed during a speech Thursday night and lost consciousness. More»

Obama triumphs, will be first black US president
Associated Press - Mon Nov 3, 2008
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama was elected the nation's first black president Tuesday night in a historic triumph that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself. More»

Mercenary Firm Offers to 'Detain Troublemakers' on Election Day
Wired News - Sun Nov 2, 2008
CIA-linked private military contractor Evergreen Defense & Security Services offered to post sentries at Oregon election offices on Tuesday, "detaining troublemakers" and making sure voters "do not get out of control". More»

Republicans in 'Oxford plot' to smear Barack Obama
Times UK - Fri Oct 31, 2008
The Republicans have made a last-minute attempt to prevent Barack Obama's ascent to the White House by trying to recruit an Oxford academic to "prove" that his autobiography was ghostwritten by a former terrorist. More»

U.S. judge orders backup paper ballots in Pa.
USA Today - Tue Oct 28, 2008
A federal judge has sided with Pennsylvania voter groups and ordered election officials to provide paper ballots if half the machines break down Tuesday. More»

As Election Nears, Dirty Tricks Grow More Common
Huffington Post - Tue Oct 28, 2008
As the election nears, examples of political dirty tricks are emerging with greater frequency. More»

New Mexico GOP Sued For Voter Intimidation
Huffington Post - Tue Oct 28, 2008
ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) has sent out a press release about a lawsuit against the New Mexico GOP after reports that minority voters in the state are being intimidated by party officials. More»

Report: Isaac Hayes Will Shafts Scientology
WSB-TV - Thu Oct 23, 2008
Even though he was a member, Isaac Hayes apparently decided to give the Church of Scientology the shaft in his last will and testament. More»

Feds Investigate Vermont Radiation Leak
WPTZ-TV - Tue Oct 21, 2008
VERNON, Vermont - Federal regulators are investigating the cause of radiation exposure that forced the evacuation of 25 workers at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. More»

Are You in the "Constitution Free" Zone?
Wired - Tue Oct 21, 2008
Government agents should not have the right to stop and question Americans anywhere without suspicion within 100 miles of the border, the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday, pointing attention to the little known power of the federal government to set up immigration checkpoints far from the nation's border lines. More»

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