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Raw anger in McCain's crowds as Obama strengthens
Associated Press - Thu Oct 9, 2008
LAKEVILLE, Minnesota - The anger is getting raw at Republican rallies and John McCain is finally acting to tamp it down. More»

Report: Voter purges in 6 states may violate law
Associated Press - Wed Oct 8, 2008
Tens of thousands of eligible voters have been removed from rolls or blocked from registering in at least six swing states, and the voters' exclusion appears to violate federal law, according to a published report. More»

Some state unemployment funds drying up
CNN - Tue Oct 7, 2008
The demand for unemployment benefits across the country has put a strain on state unemployment funds, with such funds in at least 10 states facing insolvency in 2009, according to a policy group. More»

Retirement accounts have lost $2 trillion so far
Associated Press - Mon Oct 6, 2008
Americans' retirement plans have lost as much as $2 trillion in the past 15 months - about 20 percent of their value - Congress' top budget analyst estimated Tuesday as lawmakers began investigating how turmoil in the financial industry is whittling away workers' nest eggs. More»

Mortgage forgiven for woman, 90, who shot herself
Associated Press - Sun Oct 5, 2008
AKRON, Ohio - Mortgage finance company Fannie Mae said it is forgiving the mortgage debt of a 90-year-old woman who shot herself in the chest as sheriff's deputies attempted to evict her. More»

Photo: Credit crisis erodes faith in Washington Credit crisis erodes faith in Washington
Associated Press - Fri Sep 26, 2008
WASHINGTON - As if people needed one more reason to question their faith in Washington. More»

Gas shortages: get ready for more
Fortune Magazine - Fri Sep 26, 2008
NEW YORK - While Congress and Bush administration officials have been working to complete a bailout plan and stem the financial contagion on Wall Street, a different kind of economic crisis emerged across the South this week: A severe, hurricane-related gasoline shortage has curtailed trucking from Atlanta to Asheville, NC, and created a wave of panic buying among motorists. More»

WaMu becomes biggest bank to fail in US history
Associated Press - Thu Sep 25, 2008
NEW YORK - As the debate over a $700 billion bank bailout rages on in Washington, one of the nation's largest banks - Washington Mutual Inc - has collapsed under the weight of its enormous bad bets on the mortgage market. More»

Hundreds of Economists Urge Congress Not to Rush on Rescue Plan
Bloomberg - Wed Sep 24, 2008
More than 150 prominent US economists, including three Nobel Prize winners, urged Congress to hold off on passing a $700 billion financial market rescue plan until it can be studied more closely. More»

Freddie Mac Paid McCain Aide's Firm
Associated Press - Wed Sep 24, 2008
WASHINGTON - Almost up until the time it was taken over by the government in the nation's financial crisis, one of two housing giants paid $15,000 a month to the lobbying firm of John McCain's campaign manager, a person familiar with the financial arrangement says. More»

Cheney must keep records, judge orders
CNN - Sat Sep 20, 2008
Vice President Dick Cheney must preserve a broad range of records from his time in office, a federal judge ordered Saturday, ruling in favor of a private watchdog group. More»

FDIC Funds Are Dwindling
Associated Press - Tue Sep 16, 2008
Banks are not the only ones struggling in the growing financial crisis - The fund established to insure their deposits is also feeling the pinch, and the taxpayer may be the lender of last resort. More»

White House Launches New Attack on Woodward Book
Washington Post - Sat Sep 13, 2008
The White House yesterday launched a formal attack on a new book that criticizes President Bush's handling of the Iraq war, arguing that author Bob Woodward's opinions are not supported by his own reporting. More»

Missing ballots found in Florida
WPTV-TV - Thu Sep 11, 2008
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - You hate to say it, but only in Palm Beach County. More»

Hurricane destroyed Galveston in 1900
CNN - Thu Sep 11, 2008
The worst weather disaster in American history took place in Galveston, Texas, in 1900 when a hurricane estimated as a Category 4 intensity blew ashore, killing thousands of residents and obliterating the town. More»

Palin's Book-Banning Controversy
Associated Press - Thu Sep 11, 2008
WASILLA, Alaska - The McCain campaign is defending Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's much-criticized inquiry into banning books at her hometown library, saying her questions were only hypothetical. More»

DHS Scales Back Plan for Radiation Detectors
US News - Fri Sep 5, 2008
After years of research and testing and at the expense of millions of dollars, plans by the Department of Homeland Security to use radiation detectors to screen cargo and vehicles entering the United States have largely failed, according to an audit obtained by the Washington Post. More»

Photo: Palin: Iraq war 'a task that is from God' Palin: Iraq war 'a task that is from God'
Associated Press - Wed Sep 3, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a "task that is from God. More»

Photo: Police fire chemical agents, projectiles at RNC protesters Police fire chemical agents, projectiles at RNC protesters
CNN - Tue Sep 2, 2008
ST PAUL, Minnesota - St Paul police fired chemical agents and projectiles into a large crowd of protesters outside the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night. More»

FEMA: Gustav to be a catastrophic storm
Associated Press - Sun Aug 31, 2008
Cartons of food, water, blankets and other supplies to sustain 1 million people for three days were ready to be distributed Monday as FEMA anxiously eyed Louisiana levees to gauge how much damage Hurricane Gustav would wreak. More»

Photo: New Orleans evacuations begin as Gustav menaces New Orleans evacuations begin as Gustav menaces
Associated Press - Fri Aug 29, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - Lines of people waiting for buses to take them out of the city grew longer Saturday and traffic grew heavier on main highways as Hurricane Gustav strengthened into a dangerous Category 4 storm on track for the Gulf Coast. More»

Photo: In New Orleans, no shelter for those who stay In New Orleans, no shelter for those who stay
Associated Press - Thu Aug 28, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - Police with bullhorns plan to go street to street with a tough message about getting out ahead of Hurricane Gustav: This time there will be no shelter of last resort. More»

Photo: State Rep charged with assaulting teen State Rep charged with assaulting teen
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Sun Aug 10, 2008
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri state Representative Scott Muschany, R-Frontenac, was indicted today in connection with a reported sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl on May 17, the day after this year's Legislative session ended. More»

Mass. woman diagnosed with rare brain disease
Associated Press - Mon Jul 21, 2008
BOSTON - An elderly woman has been diagnosed with a rare brain disorder, state health officials said Monday. More»

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»

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