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Johnson & Johnson Issues Recall

Posted: 04/14/2011 - Johnson & Johnson is issuing another product recall, this one for about 57,000 bottles of a popular pill for epilepsy, due to complaints of an odd chemical odor.

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House Passes Budget Cuts - Without Enthusiasm

Posted: 04/14/2011 - The House gave strong bipartisan approval Thursday to a record $38 billion in cuts from hundreds of domestic programs, clearing the way for a final vote in the Senate on the first major compromise between President Barack Obama and newly empowered Republicans in Congress. The vote was 260-167.

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Ensign, Hutchinson Resolution Declares Libya Not in Our National Interest

Updated: 04/14/2011 - Senators John Ensign (R-NV) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) today introduced a resolution that would declare that the United States has no vital interest in Libya. The resolution would also assert that Congress has not authorized military force in the region, contrary to what the Administration says.

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Sleeping on Job Forces Top FAA Resignation

Posted: 04/14/2011 - The head of the Federal Aviation Administration says the agency's top official overseeing the nation's air traffic system has resigned following disclosures of controllers falling asleep on the job.

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Congress Voting Thursday on Budget-Cutting Plan

Updated: 04/14/2011 - While acknowledging a $38 billion package of spending cuts is far from perfect, House Speaker John Boehner Thursday predicted the measure would clear the House with a bipartisan majority Thursday in a first step of a longer Republican campaign to rein in federal deficits.

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Reno Gas Hits $4

Updated: 04/14/2011 - The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Reno hit the $4 mark today according to AAA. This is only 22 cents shy of the the record set in June of 2008.

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Budget Pact Barely Touches Current-Year Deficit

Posted: 04/13/2011 - A new budget estimate released Wednesday shows that the spending bill negotiated between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner would produce less than 1 percent of the $38 billion in promised savings by the end of this budget year.

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Obama: Cut Spending, Raise Taxes on the Wealthy

Updated: 04/13/2011 - President Barack Obama coupled a call for $4 trillion in long-term deficit reductions with a blistering attack on Republican plans on taxes, Medicare and Medicaid on Wednesday, laying down markers for a roiling debate in Congress and the 2012 presidential campaign to come.

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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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