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Photo: New Orleans levees squeezed by Congress' demand for cash New Orleans levees squeezed by Congress' demand for cash
Associated Press - Thu Jun 26, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The goal to raise levees and build large-scale flood defenses around this flood-torn city could be delayed indefinitely because of congressional demands that Louisiana chip in almost $2 billion to the effort over three years. More»

Photo: College Student Jailed For HOV Lane Violation College Student Jailed For HOV Lane Violation
WSB-TV - Sun May 18, 2008
ATLANTA - College student Casey Metcalf received a citation for riding alone in an HOV lane. More»

Photo: Building Manager: DC Madam's Death Not Suicide Building Manager: DC Madam's Death Not Suicide
WESH-TV - Sun May 4, 2008
ORLANDO, Florida - The building manager of a Central Florida condo said he spent time talking to Deborah Jean Palfrey on Monday as she packed to go to her mother's house and she did not seem suicidal. More»

Photo: Lynndie England blames media for photos Lynndie England blames media for photos
Associated Press - Tue Mar 18, 2008
BERLIN - Lynndie England, the public face of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, told a German news magazine that she was sorry for appearing in photographs of detainees in the notorious Iraqi prison, and believes the scenes of torture and humiliation served as a powerful rallying point for anti-American insurgents. More»

Jet mistakenly drops dummy bomb in Okla.
Associated Press - Sun Mar 16, 2008
TULSA, Oklahoma - An Air National Guard jet mistakenly dropped a 22-pound non-explosive, practice bomb on an apartment complex, damaging the foundation but no one was injured, police said Friday. More»

Lawsuit targets USDA loophole on 'downer' cows
Associated Press - Wed Mar 5, 2008
Los Angeles - The Humane Society sued the federal government Wednesday over what it said is a legal loophole that allows sick or crippled cattle, called "downers," into the food supply. More»

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»

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