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USA Swimming suspends Michael Phelps for 3 months

Michael Phelps' return to competition for the first time since the Beijing Olympics is on hold. The swimming superstar has been suspended for three months and had his training stipend revoked by USA Swimming.

February 06, 2009 | By PAUL NEWBERRY and BETH HARRIS Associated Press Writers | World


Possibly tainted peanut butter sent to schools

WASHINGTON - The Agriculture Department shipped possibly contaminated peanut butter and other foods to schools in at least three states under a contract with the Georgia company blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak.

February 06, 2009 | By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press Writer | World


Bush overpaid banks in bailout, watchdog says

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration overpaid tens of billions of dollars for stocks and other assets in its massive bailout last year of Wall Street banks and financial institutions, a new study by a government watchdog says.

The Congressional Oversight Panel, in a report released Friday, said last year's overpayments amounted to a taxpayer-financed $78 billion subsidy of the firms.

February 06, 2009 | By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press Writer | World


Exotic dancer set on fire outside LA bar

LOS ANGELES - An exotic dancer was set on fire outside the club where she worked early Thursday, burning more than 60 percent of her body, police said. They were searching for two suspects.

February 06, 2009 | Associated Press | World


TV stations preparing for digital switch

OKLAHOMA CITY - Despite congressional action allowing a four-month delay in the switch to digital-only television, stations in Oklahoma City and Lawton plan to make the changeover as scheduled on Feb. 17.

The situation in Tulsa is less clear.

February 06, 2009 | By KEN MILLER Associated Press Writer | World


Man who beat civil rights leader asks forgiveness

WASHINGTON - Elwin Wilson was an unabashed racist, the sort who once hung a black doll from a noose outside his home. John Lewis was a young civil rights leader bent on changing laws, if not hearts and minds, even if it cost him his life.

February 05, 2009 | By BEN EVANS Associated Press Writer | World


Jobless claims jump to 626K

WASHINGTON - New jobless claims jumped far more than expected last week in an already dismal labor market, and there's no relief in sight for workers as mass layoffs persist.

February 05, 2009 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER Associated Press Writer | World


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