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FCC approves controversial media ownership rule

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission, overturning a 32-year-old ban, voted Tuesday to allow broadcasters in the nation's 20 largest media markets to also own a newspaper.

January 02, 2008 | By JOHN DUNBAR Associated Press Writer | National


Relatives of murder victims decry N.J.’s ban on death penalty, vow political retaliation

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey Public Defender's Office said Tuesday it won't challenge Gov. Jon S. Corzine's decision to commute the death sentences of eight men now that the state's death penalty has been abolished.

January 02, 2008 | By TOM HESTER Jr. Associated Press Writer | National


Scotus asked to hear murder case of teen whose lawyers argued Zoloft was to blame

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Attorneys have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of a teen sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing his grandparents when he was 12, arguing that the sentence is cruel.

January 02, 2008 | By MEG KINNARD Associated Press Writer | National


NJ inmates used photos to hide escape holes in Shawshank-style jailbreak, authorities say

ELIZABETH, N.J. - Two jail inmates used photos of bikini-clad women to hide holes they used to escape and left behind a thank-you note, signed with a smiley face, for a guard they claimed helped them, officials said Monday.

January 02, 2008 | By JEFFREY GOLD Associated Press Writer | National


More than a week after an ice storm, tens of thousands in Oklahoma still cold and in the dark

OKLAHOMA CITY - More than 88,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma remained without power on Tuesday, more than a week after an ice storm plunged them into darkness.

January 02, 2008 | By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press Writer | National


Congress expanding FOIA to allow access to more government records

WASHINGTON - Congress is moving to reverse one area of the Bush administration's trend toward secrecy since the 2001 terrorist attacks by expanding the Freedom of Information Act, increasing penalties for noncompliance and making records held by government contractors subject to the law.

January 02, 2008 | By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press Writer | National


Astronauts take spacewalk to check defective mechanisms; fuel test under way at launch site

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A pair of space station astronauts ventured out on a spacewalk Tuesday to inspect two defective mechanisms that are hobbling power generation at the orbiting complex.

January 02, 2008 | By MARCIA DUNN Associated Press Writer | National


Fed unveils plan to curb shady home lending practices

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve endorsed new rules Tuesday that would give people taking out home mortgages new protections against shady lending practices.

January 02, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | National


Judge orders hearing on whether administration violated court order by destroying CIA videos

WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Bush administration to defend its decision to destroy videotapes of CIA interrogations of two al-Qaida suspects.

January 02, 2008 | By MATT APUZZO Associated Press Writer | National


Lawmakers find way to avoid Medicare cut for doctors

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers have crafted a six-month reprieve for physicians facing a 10 percent rate cut when treating Medicare patients, congressional aides and advocacy groups said Tuesday.

January 02, 2008 | By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press Writer | National


Congress approves auto fuel economy increase, more ethanol use

WASHINGTON - Congress by a wide margin approved the first increase in automobile fuel economy in 32 years Tuesday, and President Bush has signaled he will accept the mandates on the auto industry.

January 02, 2008 | By H. JOSEF HEBERT Associated Press Writer | National


For cowgirl and rodeo champ at 64, retirement chafes like a flank strap

GARDEN VALLEY, Idaho - If her battered joints are stiffening with the approach of winter, Jan Youren isn't complaining.

December 31, 2007 | By REBECCA BOONE Associated Press Writer | National


2 Ph.D students killed on LSU campus; police say they were shot during home invasion

BATON ROUGE, La. - Two students were found shot to death in an apparent home invasion at their Louisiana State University apartment, and officials decided to keep the campus open Friday while police searched for three suspects.

December 29, 2007 | By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press Writer | National


For Pentagon Christmas party, fill out form No. DD2798; permission may be denied

WASHINGTON (AP) - Someone taped fake snow to the door of an Army Reserve office to create a winter scene. The Defense Intelligence Agency hung a 4-foot candy cane and the inspirational message, ''Believe.''

December 29, 2007 | By PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press Writer | National


Phoenix Baseline Killer suspect sentenced to 438 years in prison for 2005 rape of 2 sisters

PHOENIX - A man accused of being the Phoenix Baseline Killer was sentenced to 438 years in prison Friday for the sexual assaults of two sisters.

December 29, 2007 | By CHRIS KAHN Associated Press Writer | National


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