WASHINGTON - Two House panels on Thursday approved remarkably generous spending bills for the upcoming budget year, awarding veterans programs with record increases and restoring proposed cuts to local law enforcement subsidies.
WASHINGTON - Silver dental fillings contain mercury, and the government for the first time is warning that they may pose a safety concern for pregnant women and young children.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday he has invited Afghanistan and Pakistan to be part of a U.S. investigation into an airstrike that Pakistani officials say killed 11 of their troops.
ROME - President Bush on Thursday strongly disagreed with a Supreme Court ruling that clears foreign terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay to challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts. Bush suggested new legislation may now be needed to keep the American people safe.
Studio Statesboro Vodcast - Thursday June 12, 2008
BASRA, Iraq - A clothing store owner defiantly waves a cigarette in the air, saying he was not allowed to smoke when Shiite militias were in control. Then he quietly adds: ''Don't let them know I said they were bad. They can still kill me.''
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages jumped to the highest level in nearly eight months, reflecting increased concerns about what the Federal Reserve might do to battle inflation.
(Note: All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement incident reports and arrest records, which are public records and available for review at any and all local law enforcement agencies. Not every arrest leads to a conviction. Guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.)
BLENCOE, Iowa - Boy Scouts who came to each others' aid after a tornado that killed four of their comrades and injured 48 people were hailed as heroes Thursday for helping to administer first aid and search for victims buried in their flattened campsite.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Beware: Puttering around on golf carts can be hazardous to your health.
There's a strong possibility that some secret desires could be fulfilled in the year ahead. It'll prove that you should always hold onto your dreams, regardless of the circumstances and whatever others have to say.
BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip - An explosion flattened a house in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing seven people. After blaming Israel and unleashing a barrage of rockets and mortars, Hamas suggested the blast was accidental, not an Israeli attack.
WASHINGTON - Big-city mayors told Congress on Thursday that they are overwhelmed by the infrastructure needs of their regions and cannot maintain well-functioning water systems, roads and rail networks without more federal help.
KHARTOUM, Sudan - Investigators examined the scorched hull of a jetliner Wednesday to determine what caused the plane to veer off a runway and burst into flames, killing at least 30 people, officials said.
WASHINGTON - Four of the nation's largest homebuilders have agreed to pay $4.3 million in fines for failing to control runoff at construction sites in 34 states and the District of Columbia, the Environmental Protection Agency and Justice Department announced Wednesday.
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