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A makeover for Pa.'s notorious kids-for-cash court
Associated Press - Sat May 16, 2009
WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania - For the first time since a jaw-dropping scandal involving crooked judges and troubled kids, voters in northeast Pennsylvania are getting a chance to assert themselves at the ballot box - and, perhaps, to start fixing the problems that have turned this former hub of coal mining into a hothouse of corruption. More»

Photo: Forgotten Franklin letters offer glimpse into U.S. history Forgotten Franklin letters offer glimpse into U.S. history
CNN - Fri Apr 24, 2009
LONDON, England - An American professor doing research in London stumbled across a series of previously unknown letters written by, to, and about Benjamin Franklin, a stunning find that sheds new light on early US history. More»

Photo: As Bush adviser, Rice delivered OK to waterboard As Bush adviser, Rice delivered OK to waterboard
Associated Press - Wed Apr 22, 2009
WASHINGTON - As national security adviser to former President George W Bush, Condoleezza Rice verbally approved the CIA's request to subject alleged al-Qaida terrorist Abu Zubaydah to waterboarding in July 2002, the earliest known decision by a Bush administration official to OK use of the simulated drowning technique. More»

New Orleans Sanitation Director trashes FEMA in book
New Orleans Times-Picayune - Thu Apr 9, 2009
As City Hall continues to haggle with the Federal Emergency Management Agency over hundreds of millions of dollars for New Orleans' recovery, a top aide to Mayor Ray Nagin has published a how-to guide littered with cutting assertions about FEMA's competence and its employees' motives. More»

Ivor van Heerden, who pointed fingers in Hurricane Katrina levee failures, fired by LSU
New Orleans Times-Picayune - Thu Apr 9, 2009
Ivor van Heerden, the outspoken coastal scientist who led the state's independent Team Louisiana investigation into Hurricane Katrina levee failures, has been notified by Louisiana State University that he will be terminated as a research professor in May 2010. More»

Government bans 'downer' cows from food supply
Associated Press - Sat Mar 14, 2009
WASHINGTON - The government on Saturday permanently banned the slaughter of cows too sick or weak to stand on their own, seeking to further minimize the chance that mad cow disease could enter the food supply. More»

FBI cited for poor freedom of information work
Associated Press - Thu Mar 12, 2009
WASHINGTON - The FBI tells two out of every three Freedom of Information Act requesters that it can't find the records they asked for - a failure rate five times higher than other major federal agencies, a private study has found. More»

Photo: Obama releases secret Bush anti-terror memos Obama releases secret Bush anti-terror memos
Associated Press - Sun Mar 1, 2009
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration threw open the curtain on years of Bush-era secrets Monday, revealing anti-terror memos that claimed exceptional search-and-seizure powers and divulging that the CIA destroyed nearly 100 videotapes of interrogations and other treatment of terror suspects. More»

Photo: Car bomb critically injures head of Ark. medical board Car bomb critically injures head of Ark. medical board
Associated Press - Tue Feb 3, 2009
WEST MEMPHIS, Arkansas - A car bomb explosion critically injured the head of the Arkansas State Medical Board on Wednesday, detonating in his driveway as he was leaving for work, authorities said. More»

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»

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