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Obama Wants Credit Card Reform

Posted: 05/14/2009 - President Barack Obama urged Congress on Thursday to quickly send him legislation ending abusive credit card practices. But his populist appeal also included a stern warning to shoppers whose eyes are bigger than their budgets.

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Democrats Work Toward Plan Requiring Health Insurance

Posted: 05/14/2009 - House Democrats are crafting a plan that would require all Americans to carry health insurance and would help families making less than $88,000 pay the premiums. Employers, too, would have to help foot the bill.

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Rove to be Interviewed in U.S. Attorney Firing Investigation

Posted: 05/14/2009 - Former top Bush White House aide Karl Rove is scheduled to be interviewed Friday as part of a criminal investigation into the firing of U.S. attorneys, according to a lawyer familiar with the investigation.

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Obama to Restart Guantanamo Tribunals

Posted: 05/14/2009 - President Barack Obama will restart Bush-era military tribunals for a small number of Guantanamo detainees, reviving a fiercely disputed trial system he once denounced but with new legal protections for terror suspects, U.S. officials said Thursday.

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Killers Put to Death in Two States

Posted: 05/14/2009 - A man convicted of battering his girlfriend's 8-year-old son and stuffing the body in a freezer was put to death Thursday in Oklahoma, while a man in Alabama was executed for fatally stabbing a mother of six.

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Obama to Block Prisoner Abuse Photos

Posted: 05/13/2009 - President Barack Obama declared Wednesday he would try to block the court-ordered release of photos showing U.S. troops abusing prisoners, abruptly reversing his position out of concern the pictures would "further inflame anti-American opinion" and endanger U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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President Considers Several for Supreme Court

Posted: 05/13/2009 - President Barack Obama is considering more than six contenders for the Supreme Court, a list dominated by women and Hispanics, including judges and leaders from own his administration who have never donned a judicial robe.

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Tornado Hits Missouri

Posted: 05/13/2009 - Violent storms that spawned at least one tornado left a path of destruction in northern Missouri on Wednesday, killing a woman and damaging dozens of buildings.

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Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Cuts Staff

Posted: 05/13/2009 - The ailing economy has forced the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival to lay off one full-time worker and reduce pay to other staff.

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Reid, Ensign Both Back Gun Rights in National Parks

Posted: 05/13/2009 - Nevada's two U.S. senators don't agree on too many things outside of the state. But Democrat Harry Reid and Republican John Ensign both voted today in favor of an amendment that would allow people to carry loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.

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ll. AG: Craigslist Dropping 'Erotic Services' Ads

Posted: 05/13/2009 - The attorney general of Illinois says Craigslist is getting rid of its "erotic services" ads and will create a new adult category that will be reviewed by employees of the Web site.

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Senate Says Yes to Loaded Guns in Parks

Posted: 05/12/2009 - The Senate on Tuesday backed an amendment that would allow people to carry loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.

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Senate Confirms Pick for FEMA Chief

Posted: 05/12/2009 - The Senate confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to head the nation's emergency management agency Tuesday after a Louisiana Republican agreed to stop blocking the vote amid bipartisan criticism that the agency was left vulnerable with hurricane season just a few weeks away.

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Nicks Found on Shuttle Atlantis

Posted: 05/12/2009 - The Atlantis astronauts uncovered a 21-inch stretch of nicks on their space shuttle Tuesday, but NASA said the damage did not appear to be serious.

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Pelosi Wants Investigation of Bush Torture Authorization

Posted: 05/12/2009 - The House majority leader said Tuesday that Congress should investigate whether the Bush administration authorized the torture of terrorism detainees, and he contended that the Republican focus on what Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned about harsh interrogation methods was a distraction.

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Intel Chairman says US Education Needs Improvement

Updated: 05/13/2009 - The outgoing chairman of the world's largest computer chip maker says the United States needs to rethink its approach to public education and raise the bar for academic achievement in math and science if it hopes to be competitive in a 21st century world.

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Social Security and Medicare Finances Worsen

Posted: 05/12/2009 - The financial health of Social Security and Medicare, the government's two biggest benefit programs, have worsened because of the severe recession, and Medicare is now paying out more than it receives.

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Senate Looks for Changes in Credit Card Rules

Posted: 05/11/2009 - Consumers who are paying more in interest because they have fallen behind on their credit-card bills could regain their older, lower rates if they pay their bills on time for six months, under a compromise proposal reached by senators seeking changes in laws governing the credit card industry.

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Nissan Reports Major Losses

Posted: 05/11/2009 - Japanese automaker Nissan is reporting a 233.7 billion yen ($2.4 billion) loss for the fiscal year ended March, a reversal from profitability the previous year but better than the company's own forecasts.

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Bernanke: Bank Stress Tests Should Boost Confidence

Posted: 05/11/2009 - The government's unprecedented "stress tests" of the nation's 19 largest banks should bolster Americans' battered confidence in U.S. banking system, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday as he defended the rigor of the exams.

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American Kills 5 Fellow Soldiers at Clinic in Iraq

Posted: 05/11/2009 - An American soldier opened fire at a counseling center on a military base Monday, killing five fellow soldiers before being taken into custody, the U.S. command and Pentagon officials said.

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US Replaces Top General in Afghanistan

Posted: 05/11/2009 - Defense Secretary Robert Gates replaced the commander of the Afghanistan war on Monday, saying the Obama administration needs "fresh thinking" to turn around the war against a resurgent Taliban.

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Peterson Attorney Wants $20 Million Bond Reduced

Posted: 05/10/2009 - Drew Peterson's lead attorney said he'll ask a judge to sharply reduce the former suburban Chicago police officer's bond from the current $20 million to "a reasonable level."

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