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Wilmington, NC becomes the first to go digital

WILMINGTON, N.C. - With the flick of an eight-foot switch at midday Monday, this Southern city became the first market in the U.S. to make the change to digital-only broadcasting.

September 23, 2008 | By JOHN DUNBAR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Administration defends takeover of mortgage giants

WASHINGTON - The White House said Tuesday that the giant federal takeover of troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might have been prevented if Congress had acted on its recommendations for changing the system.

September 23, 2008 | The Associated Press | Washington


9/11 health company slow to start treating workers

WASHINGTON - A company run by an ex-Bush administration official and hired by the government to provide medical care to Sept. 11 recovery workers has been slow to take up the job, workers and advocates say.

September 23, 2008 | By DEVLIN BARRETT Associated Press Writer | Washington


Bush cancels civilian nuclear deal with Russia

WASHINGTON - In a pointed but mostly symbolic expression of displeasure with Moscow, President Bush on Monday canceled a once-celebrated civilian nuclear cooperation deal with Russia.

September 23, 2008 | By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer | Washington


Officials announce takeover of mortgage giants

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration, acting to avert the potential for major financial turmoil, announced Sunday that the federal government was taking control of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

September 22, 2008 | By ALAN ZIBEL and MARTIN CRUTSINGER Associated Press Writers | Washington


Ailing Kennedy aims to return to Senate in January

WASHINGTON - Sen. Edward Kennedy, who has brain cancer, will not be on Capitol Hill this week when Congress returns from its summer break. He intends to work from his Massachusetts home this fall and return to the Senate in January.

September 22, 2008 | By ANDREW MIGA Associated Press Writer | Washington


Auto industry to press Congress for $50B in loans

WASHINGTON - Auto industry allies hope to secure up to $50 billion in government loans this month that would pay to modernize plants and help struggling car makers build more fuel-efficient vehicles.

September 22, 2008 | By KEN THOMAS Associated Press Writer | Washington


Transportation Dept. almost out of highway funds

WASHINGTON - The federal highway trust fund will run out of money this month, requiring delays in payments to states for transportation construction projects, Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said Friday.

September 20, 2008 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press Writer | Washington


Rangel had no-interest mortgage more than 10 years

WASHINGTON - Rep. Charles Rangel paid no mortgage interest on a beach resort property for more than 10 years, a lawyer for the powerful House committee chairman said Friday.

September 20, 2008 | By DEVLIN BARRETT Associated Press Writer | Washington


FDA posts list of potential problem drugs

WASHINGTON - The government on Friday began posting a list of prescription drugs under investigation for potential safety problems, in an effort to better inform doctors and patients.

September 20, 2008 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Bush to announce US troop levels in Iraq next week

WASHINGTON - President Bush will announce his decision on future troops levels in Iraq next week and is expected to largely follow the recommendations of military leaders to reduce the number by up to 8,000 by mid-January.

September 20, 2008 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Jobless rate jumps to 5-year high of 6.1 percent

WASHINGTON - The nation's unemployment rate zoomed to a five-year high of 6.1 percent in August as employers slashed 84,000 jobs, dramatic proof of the mounting damage a deeply troubled economy is inflicting on workers and businesses alike.

September 20, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA Associated Press Writer | Washington


Palin’s son’s job to guard his commanders in Iraq

WASHINGTON - Iraq is about to become an unusual common ground for the presidential candidates, despite its divisiveness as a campaign issue. Sons of both vice presidential nominees are expected to arrive there soon to join the fighting.

September 20, 2008 | By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press Writer | Washington


Gustav revives question: Is New Orleans worth it?

WASHINGTON - Those who love New Orleans say Hurricane Gustav is proof that the billions of dollars spent to protect the city and bring it back to life after the devastating 2005 storm season was worth it.

September 17, 2008 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer | Washington


Report: Gonzales mishandled top secret data

WASHINGTON - While serving as attorney general, Alberto Gonzales mishandled top secret documents, risking the release of classified information about two of the Bush administration's most sensitive counterterrorism efforts - a surveillance program and detainee interrogations.

September 17, 2008 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer | Washington


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