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GOP Leaders Retreat, Postpone Budget Vote

Updated: 05/20/2004 - Republicans retreated Thursday and decided to postpone a Senate vote on their $2.4 trillion budget until at least next month, GOP aides said, averting a certain defeat by party moderates demanding curbs on future tax cuts.

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Group Claims Forest Service Fails To Limit Snowmobilers

Updated: 05/20/2004 - The leader of the successful effort to ban snowmobiles from parts of a Sierra meadow above Lake Tahoe says the Forest Service is failing to rein in trespassers who drive the machines into wilderness areas near Mount Rose.

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Reid Blames Record Gas Prices on Oil Companies

Updated: 05/20/2004 - As gasoline prices soar to record highs, an industry official in Nevada says it's time to drill for oil in Alaska and off the California coast to help reduce prices at the pump.

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Threatened SBC Strike to Affect Nevada Workers

Updated: 05/20/2004 - The union representing 102,000 employees of SBC Communications, including hundreds in Nevada, said it would stage a four-day strike beginning Friday to protest a deadlock in contract talks with the nation's second-largest local phone company.

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Soldier Sentenced for Role in Iraq Abuse

Updated: 05/19/2004 - Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits wept and apologized after receiving the maximum penalty of a year in prison and a bad conduct discharge Wednesday in the first court-martial stemming from abuse of Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison.

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Population to Soar in Silver State by 2024

Updated: 05/20/2004 - Nevada's population is projected to soar by a whopping 59 percent over the next 20 years and propel the number of residents over the 3 million mark, a new study by the University of Nevada, Reno projects.

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Douglas County Buys Water From Carson Ranch

Updated: 05/19/2004 - Carson City officials worry that water purchased by Douglas County from a Carson City ranch to supply its growing retail hub along the county line will siphon its own supplies.

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Kerry and Nader to Meet Wednesday

Updated: 05/18/2004 - Presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry is sitting down for a much-anticipated meeting with independent Ralph Nader, but there's little sign they'll alter this year's political dynamic when they get together.

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First Lady Stumps For Bush In Las Vegas

Updated: 05/18/2004 - President Bush rolled out a powerful political weapon Tuesday in his quest to boost sagging approval ratings and get re-elected: his wife.

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Tahoe Clarity Degrading After Being Clearest In A Decade

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Updated: 05/18/2004 - Lake Tahoe's clarity decreased last year, slowing a trend of steady improvement that had seen the cobalt mountain waters reach their clearest level in a decade, researchers said Tuesday.

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9/11 Panel Scolds Ex-Police, Fire Chiefs

Updated: 05/18/2004 - The former police and fire chiefs who were lionized after the World Trade Center attack came under harsh criticism Tuesday from the Sept. 11 commission, with one member saying the departments' lack of cooperation was scandalous and "not worthy of the Boy Scouts."

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Churchill County Wants Buffer Around NAS Fallon

Updated: 05/18/2004 - Churchill County commissioners are pursuing a plan for a formal buffer zone around Naval Air Station Fallon to help maintain existing zoning patterns and guard against encroaching development.

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Sarin Nerve Agent Bomb Explodes in Iraq

Updated: 05/17/2004 - U.S. soldiers found a roadside bomb containing sarin nerve agent in Baghdad, the military said Monday. The device, which partially detonated, was apparently a leftover from Saddam Hussein's arsenals. It was unclear whether more such weapons were in the hands of insurgents.

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Same-Sex Couples Marry in Massachusetts

Updated: 05/17/2004 - Gay couples began exchanging marriage vows here Monday, marking the first time a state has granted gays and lesbians the right to marry and making the United States one of four countries where homosexuals can legally wed.

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Local Scientist Sheds Light On Earth Wobble

Updated: 05/17/2004 - A Reno scientist and his team of researchers have uncovered the mystery of why the Earth wobbles on its axis as it spins through space.

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Kerry Tells Teamsters He'll Toughen Trade Deal

Updated: 05/17/2004 - Democrat John Kerry said Sunday that President Bush has turned his back on the American worker by allowing other countries to break trade deals negotiated with the United States and that as president he would put in place a "common-sense" effort to strengthen the bargaining and enforcement of such agreements.

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Crowds Gather for Gay Weddings in Mass.

Updated: 05/16/2004 - Like fans anxious for concert tickets, same-sex couples waited in line for hours Sunday outside Cambridge's City Hall for an event they once thought they'd never get to experience: marriage.

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