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Mom Drives Van into Hudson, Killing Self, 3 Kids

Posted: 04/13/2011 - A woman upset with the father of her children packed her four youngsters into her minivan and drove into the frigid Hudson River, killing everyone except her 10-year-old son, who managed to roll down a window of the sinking vehicle and swim to shore.

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FAA Suspends More Sleeping Controllers

Updated: 04/13/2011 - The Federal Aviation Administration is immediately adding a second controller at night at 26 airports and a radar facility after finding two more cases of controllers sleeping on duty.

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Gov't Orders 14 Lenders to Reimburse Homeowners

Posted: 04/13/2011 - The federal government on Wednesday ordered 16 of the nation's largest mortgage lenders and servicers to reimburse homeowners who were improperly foreclosed upon.

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Obama Pivots, Eyes Medicare Changes, Tax Increases

Updated: 04/13/2011 - Forcefully rejecting Republican budget cutting plans, President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed lowering the nation's future deficits by $4 trillion over a dozen years with a package that includes reducing spending on politically sensitive health care programs and raising taxes on high-earning Americans.

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Obama to Speak Today

Posted: 04/13/2011 - President Barack Obama is turning his attention to the nation's crushing debt and trying to counter a Republican anti-deficit plan with a framework of his own that tackles politically sensitive health care programs while also increasing taxes.

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Prosecutor: NY Man Raped, Scalded Disabled Sister

Posted: 04/12/2011 - A man accused of raping and scalding his half sister before their mother killed her last year made the mentally disabled woman "a tortured prisoner," a prosecutor said Tuesday at the start of his trial.

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Spending Cuts Not Expected to Dent $1.5T Deficit

Updated: 04/12/2011 - The $38 billion in spending cuts agreed to last week won't prevent this year's budget deficit from setting another record high, estimated at $1.5 trillion.

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Romney In - Almost - Announcing Exploratory Effort

Updated: 04/11/2011 - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the closest to a front-runner in a wide-open Republican field, took a major step toward a second White House candidacy Monday, formally announcing a campaign exploratory committee.

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Crews Battle Wildfires Amid Severe Texas Drought

Posted: 04/11/2011 - Firefighters on Monday battled to contain several large blazes that have burned hundreds of square miles of rural Texas and destroyed more than 60 homes since last week, getting reinforcements from out of state as they struggled against some of the worst wildfire conditions in state history.

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Obama Prevents Budget Cuts to Favorite Programs

Posted: 04/11/2011 - A close look at the government shutdown-dodging agreement to cut federal spending by $38 billion reveals that lawmakers significantly eased the fiscal pain by pruning money left over from previous years, using accounting sleight of hand and going after programs President Barack Obama had targeted anyway.

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Critics Fault Retired Justice O'Connor Over Ethics

Posted: 04/11/2011 - Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor continues to hear cases in U.S. appeals courts, while also playing a role in public policy issues. Her critics say she should do one or the other, but not both.

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2012 In Sight, Obama Looks Back To Chicago Again

Posted: 04/11/2011 - President Barack Obama's relationship with his hometown may be best described as a long-distance love affair. He lavishes attention on it from afar and proud Chicago pines for its hometown hero, though the two rarely see each other.

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GOP Presidential Field sees Budget Wars from afar

Posted: 04/10/2011 - Republicans are pressing ahead with one of the most ambitious and risky long-term spending agendas in memory, yet the dozen or so potential White House hopefuls are nearly invisible on the issue.

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Hawaii-Bound Alaska Airlines Flight Hits Bird

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Posted: 04/09/2011 - Officials say a Hawaii-bound Alaska Airlines flight safely returned to Sacramento International Airport after a bird struck one of its engines.

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Government Still Running; Last-Minute Budget Deal Passed

Updated: 04/09/2011 - Perilously close to a government shutdown, congressional leaders reached agreement with the White House late Friday night on a deal to cut tens of billions of dollars in federal spending and avert the closure.

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Deadline Nears: Shutdown Looms Without Agreement, House on Standby

Posted: 04/08/2011 - The federal government lurched toward a shutdown for the first time in 15 years on Friday as Republicans and Democrats in Congress struggled for a way out and swapped increasingly incendiary charges over which side was to blame.

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Lawyers in 'Barefoot Bandit' Case Expect Plea Deal

Posted: 04/08/2011 - Washington's "Barefoot Bandit," who is accused of evading authorities for two years as he pilfered cars, boats and airplanes in a daring cross-country crime spree, could wind up reaching a blanket plea agreement that would avoid trials in more than a dozen jurisdictions, his lawyers said Friday.

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