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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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No Death Benefits for Military During Shutdown

Posted: 04/08/2011 - The Pentagon says a government shutdown would delay the $100,000 death benefit paid to families if a military service member dies in the line of duty during the shutdown.

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Leak Case Against Ex-CIA Man May Not Go to Trial

Posted: 04/08/2011 - A federal prosecutor says the case against an ex-CIA officer charged with leaking classified documents to a reporter may not make it to trial because of potential problems with a witness.

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Shutdown Talks Continue; No Deal as Clock Ticks Down

Posted: 04/08/2011 - Time growing short, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to reach agreement Thursday night on a compromise to cut spending and head off a midnight Friday government shutdown that no one claimed to want.

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Time's Up: Obama and GOP Scramble to Halt Shutdown

Updated: 04/08/2011 - With the clock ticking to a partial government shutdown at midnight, the top Democrat in the Senate said Friday that the White House and Republicans have agreed on a spending cut of $38 billion but a that fight over federal dollars for Planned Parenthood is blocking a deal.

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Hawaii Appeals Court Rejects 'Birther' Appeal

Updated: 04/21/2011 - A Hawaii appeals court has rejected a man's request to "inspect and copy" President Barack Obama's birth certificate, saying the plaintiff failed to state a valid claim to having access to the document.

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Crowds Stay Away From Wisconsin Budget Hearing

Updated: 04/07/2011 - Massive crowds expected to swarm the first public hearing on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's state budget proposal didn't materialize Thursday, reducing the affair to another mundane legislative proceeding.

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A Look at How a Shutdown Would Affect Americans

Posted: 04/07/2011 - You'd still get your mail - and your usual Social Security payment. But troops' pay might be delayed, and you'd have to put off that spring break trip to a national park.

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Suspect in Community College Shooting Surrenders

Updated: 04/07/2011 - Reporters and photographers on a community college campus in eastern Alabama to cover a deadly shooting became part of the story when the man police say is the main suspect calmly walked up to them and told them he was the person authorities were after.

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Suspect Arrested in Hospital Shooting

Updated: 04/07/2011 - A gunman shot a man Wednesday in the lobby of an Omaha hospital, and the suspect was quickly apprehended by a swarm of officers already inside the building to keep watch as a sheriff's deputy was treated for a gunshot wound in an unrelated case.

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2012 Hopefuls Tread Carefully on Ryan Budget

Posted: 04/06/2011 - Mindful of the political risks, most Republican presidential hopefuls treaded gingerly after House Republicans unveiled a budget plan that would slash federal spending by about $5 trillion over 10 years while revamping health programs for the elderly and poor.

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Obama Asks Lawmakers to "Act Like Adults"

Posted: 04/06/2011 - President Barack Obama is warning that a government shutdown would hurt typical families and halt the recovery of the American economy.

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