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Bernanke: economy suffering 'severe contraction'

Updated: 02/24/2009 - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Tuesday the economy is suffering through a "severe contraction" and pledged to use all available tools to lift the country out of the recession that already has cost millions of Americans their jobs.

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Pregnant woman's mom: Boy, 11, made threats

Updated: 02/24/2009 - The mother of a slain pregnant woman says the 11-year-old boy accused in the killing had been making threats about harming her for a while.

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Drive to enfranchise DC clears Senate hurdle

Updated: 02/24/2009 - The District of Columbia's two-century-long wait for a voice in Congress was a step closer to ending Tuesday with a crucial Senate vote to take up legislation giving the capital city's 600,000 residents a full seat in the House.

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Home prices post record annual decline in 4Q

Updated: 02/24/2009 - Home prices tumbled by the steepest annual rate on record in the fourth quarter, two housing indexes showed Tuesday, and the pace of decline continued to gain speed in all but a handful of battered cities.

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Detroit voters choosing top 2 in mayoral primary

Updated: 02/24/2009 - Voters in financially strapped Detroit were deciding Tuesday which two of 15 candidates will advance to a May 5 runoff to replace the disgraced former mayor sent to jail last year.

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Out of Congress and still out of work

Updated: 02/24/2009 - They're out of Congress and still out of work. A handful of incumbents who lost last fall have yet to land new full-time jobs.

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Senate expected to confirm Solis for labor post

Updated: 02/24/2009 - The Senate is expected to confirm Hilda Solis to be President Barack Obama's labor secretary on Tuesday, more than two months after she was first nominated to the post.

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Holder to stay away from Obama speech

Updated: 02/24/2009 - Attorney General Eric Holder will watch Obama's prime-time speech to Congress and the country from a secret location for security reasons.

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AirTran launches fare sale for travel into fall

Updated: 02/24/2009 - In a sign of great uncertainty about demand for air travel this year amid the deep U.S. recession, discount carrier AirTran Airways launched a fare sale to all its destinations Tuesday for flights through the middle of the fall.

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Court: State can stop union political deductions

Updated: 02/24/2009 - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld an Idaho law that bans cities, counties and school districts from allowing payroll deductions for a union's political activities, a blow to labor's political fundraising in that state.

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2 cars derail on Amtrak train, but no one hurt

Updated: 02/24/2009 - Two cars on an Amtrak train headed to Chicago have derailed in northwestern Indiana. No passengers or crew were in the last two cars, so no one was hurt.

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Ex-NC workers plead guilty in tainted syringe case

Updated: 02/24/2009 - Two former workers at a North Carolina plant pleaded guilty for their roles in shipping bacteria-tainted syringes that prosecutors blamed for five deaths and hundreds of infections, and authorities are searching for the company's chief executive.

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Court upholds conviction in guns case

Updated: 02/24/2009 - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a West Virginia man for violating a federal law barring people convicted in domestic violence cases from possessing firearms.

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US meeting with Japan's PM meant to reassure Tokyo

Updated: 02/24/2009 - President Barack Obama told Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday that his nation was the cornerstone of U.S. security policy in East Asia and of America's links to the world economy.

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Court rules for state in American Indian land case

Updated: 02/24/2009 - The Supreme Court on Tuesday limited the federal government's authority to hold land in trust for Indian tribes, a victory for states seeking to impose local laws and control over development on Indian lands.

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Obama pitching a broad economic case to nation

Updated: 02/24/2009 - Barreling ahead on a mammoth agenda, Barack Obama is ready to offer a detailed sketch of the first year of his presidency, casting the nation's bleeding economy as a tangle of tough, neglected problems.

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