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Bush Celebrates 85th By Skydiving Over Maine

Posted: 06/12/2009 - Former President George H.W. Bush marked his 85th birthday on Friday the same way he did his 75th and 80th birthdays: He leaped from a plane and zoomed downward at more than 100 mph in freefall before parachuting safely to a spot near his oceanfront home.

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Lawmakers Could Face Ethics Panel

Posted: 06/11/2009 - Lawmakers who steer money and contracts to favored companies and receive campaign contributions in return could face a House ethics committee investigation.

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Supreme Court Candidate Offers Gun Control Views

Posted: 06/11/2009 - Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor told a senator Thursday that she would follow a historic ruling affirming Americans' right to own guns for self-defense, but pro-gun activists said they still believe she'd work to limit gun rights if confirmed for the high court.

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War Funding Bill Agreement

Posted: 06/11/2009 - After a flare-up over controversial detainee abuse photos, House-Senate negotiators sealed agreement on a crucial war-funding bill Thursday night when President Barack Obama personally guaranteed the photos would never be released.

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Surveys: More Than 2M Households Unready for DTV

Posted: 06/11/2009 - More than 2 million households are in danger of seeing their major broadcast TV channels disappear into a fuzz of static when analog service ends Friday, according to surveys.

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Alleged Gunman Charged in Museum Shooting

Posted: 06/11/2009 - An 88-year-old white supremacist has been charged with murder for killing the security guard who had opened the door to let him into the U.S. Holocaust Memorial and Museum, officials said Thursday.

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Study: Clean Energy Will Stimulate Calif. Economy

Updated: 06/11/2009 - A more aggressive use of clean energy would help California emerge from its multibillion dollar budget deficit by creating jobs and lowering energy costs, according to a University of California study released Wednesday.

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Three Children Dead After Philly Robbery

Posted: 06/10/2009 - Authorities say a car fleeing a Philadelphia robbery scene and being chased by police has jumped a curb and crashed into a crowd, killing three children under age 10 and gravely injuring a woman.

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War Funding Agreement Near

Posted: 06/10/2009 - Capitol Hill Democrats are closing in on agreement on a war funding bill that's now likely to cost taxpayers well over $100 billion with the late addition of more flu-fighting funds and money to subsidize new car purchases.

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Government Health Plan Compromise Being Crafted

Posted: 06/10/2009 - Key senators say a compromise may be emerging on one of the most vexing issues of the health care overhaul debate - whether to create a government-sponsored health plan to compete with private insurers.

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Holocaust Museum Guard Killed; Gunman Shot

Posted: 06/10/2009 - An 88-year-old gunman with a violent and virulently anti-Semitic past opened fire with a rifle inside the crowded U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday, fatally wounding a security guard before being shot himself by other officers, authorities said.

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Patrolman Found After Helicopter Crash

Posted: 06/10/2009 - Rescuers found a state police patrolman suffering from extreme hypothermia Wednesday after his helicopter crashed into a snowy mountain in northern New Mexico, and officials feared that the two others aboard didn't survive.

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Gunman, Guards Exchange Fire in Holocaust Museum

Updated: 06/10/2009 - An elderly gunman opened fire with a rifle inside the crowded U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday, gravely wounding a security guard before being shot. Authorities said they were investigating a white supremacist as the possible shooter.

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Ten Banks Set to Repay TARP Funds

Posted: 06/09/2009 - Ten of the nation's biggest financial companies got a green light Tuesday to return $68 billion in federal bailout money - freeing the banks from limits on executive pay and leaving the government with a small gain on the rescue cash.

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House Panel Orders Cuts to Defense Budget

Posted: 06/09/2009 - A key House panel on Tuesday ordered a $3.5 billion cut from President Barack Obama's defense budget Tuesday while setting the stage for big increases for domestic programs favored by Democrats.

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Muslim Charged in Soldier Killing Doesn't Consider it Murder

Posted: 06/09/2009 - A Muslim convert charged with fatally shooting an American soldier at a military recruiting center said Tuesday that he doesn't consider the killing a murder because U.S. military action in the Middle East made the killing justified.

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Craigslist Rape Suspect Kills Self

Posted: 06/09/2009 - A man facing nearly 30 years in prison for raping three women who had advertised on Craigslist's former "erotic services" section apparently committed suicide in his Kansas jail cell, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.

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Obama Proposes Health Care Borrowing Rules

Posted: 06/09/2009 - President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed budget rules that would allow Congress to borrow tens of billions of dollars and put the nation deeper in debt to jump-start the administration's emerging health care overhaul.

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Sentence Set for Obama Threat

Posted: 06/08/2009 - A North Carolina man has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison for threatening to shoot and kill Barack Obama when he was the Democratic candidate for president.

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Statue of Liberty to Reopen

Posted: 06/08/2009 - People eager to climb to the Statue of Liberty's crown can start calling Saturday for reservations.

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Court Adds Uncertainty to Chrysler Reorganization

Updated: 06/09/2009 - Chrysler's five weeks of breakneck-speed bankruptcy proceedings came to a screeching - but possibly temporary - halt Monday, when a Supreme Court justice delayed its sale of assets to Italy's Fiat.

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Sotomayor Fractures Ankle at Airport

Updated: 06/08/2009 - Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor broke her ankle Monday morning in an airport stumble, then boarded her flight to Washington as scheduled and made the roughly hourlong trip to Washington to meet with senators who will vote on her confirmation.

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