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Federal court gives US access to Texas city’s land in border fence suit

WASHINGTON - A federal judge has ordered a small border city in Texas to temporarily turn over its land to the federal government so it can begin to build a border fence.

January 31, 2008 | By SUZANNE GAMBOA Associated Press Writer | Washington


Fed: Economy lost momentum as shoppers tighten belts

WASHINGTON - The economy lost momentum heading into the new year as shoppers tightened their belts and manufacturers were stung by weak demand for cars and housing-related goods.

January 31, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Washington


Former congressman charged in conspiracy involving terror fundraising ring

WASHINGTON - A former congressman and delegate to the United Nations was indicted Wednesday as part of a terrorist fundraising ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to an al-Qaida and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.

January 31, 2008 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer | Washington


U.S. ambassador says ‘‘it is not going to be easy’’ to get a political settlement

WASHINGTON - Violence was down in Kenya on Wednesday, but the U.S. ambassador said it was ''not going to be easy'' to persuade Kenya's president and opposition leader to agree to power-sharing to remedy the outcome of their hotly disputed election.

January 31, 2008 | By BARRY SCHWEID AP Diplomatic Writer | Washington


Fed: Economy lost momentum as shoppers tighten belts

WASHINGTON - The economy lost momentum heading into the new year as shoppers tightened their belts and manufacturers were stung by weak demand for cars and housing-related goods.

January 31, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Washington


Supreme Court upholds New York’s system of choosing trial judges

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court unanimously upheld New York's unique system of choosing trial judges Wednesday, setting aside critics' concerns that political party bosses control the system.

January 31, 2008 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press Writer | Washington


Bush exempts Navy from environmental law to continue military exercises off California coast

WASHINGTON - President Bush exempted the Navy from an environmental law so it can continue using sonar in its anti-submarine warfare training off the California coast - a practice critics say is harmful to whales and other marine mammals.

January 31, 2008 | By PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press Writer | Washington


Congress’ food fight threatens emergency aid for millions in need around the world

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is fighting congressional efforts to slash the amount of emergency food aid the United States provides around the world, saying the cuts could hurt up to 8 million people in dire need.

January 31, 2008 | By MATTHEW LEE and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press Writer | Washington


Transportation panel urges gas tax increase of up to 40 cents per gallon to fix roadways

WASHINGTON - Federal gasoline taxes should be increased up to 40 cents per gallon over five years, a divided special commission urged Tuesday in calling for drastic changes to fix aging bridges and roads and reduce traffic deaths.

January 30, 2008 | By HOPE YEN Associated Press Writer | Washington


GAO says figures in administration’s September ’benchmark’ report were unreliable

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration, in its last so-called Iraq ''benchmark'' report, used questionable financial data to assert that the Baghdad government was making progress in managing its budget, a new study says.

January 30, 2008 | By PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press Writer | Washington


Justices rule against investors in important securities fraud case

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against investors who sue businesses for scheming to manipulate stock prices of publicly traded companies.

January 30, 2008 | By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer | Washington


Management of Iraq war support contracts moved from troubled Kuwait office to Illinois

WASHINGTON - Oversight for nearly $4 billion in Iraq war contracts has been shifted from a troubled procurement office in Kuwait to an Army organization in Illinois as part of an ongoing effort to curb waste, fraud and abuse in military purchasing.

January 30, 2008 | By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press Writer | Washington


FDA says cloned animals are safe for food

WASHINGTON - Meat and milk from cloned animals is as safe as that from their counterparts bred the old-fashioned way, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday - but sales still won't begin right away.

January 30, 2008 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press Writer | Washington


Wholesale prices in 2007 at fastest pace in 26 year; Retail sales weak, inventories stack up

WASHINGTON - Wholesale inflation last year shot up by the largest amount in 26 years while retailers suffered their worst December shopping season in five years as mounting economic woes caused consumers to put away their wallets.

January 30, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Washington


Transportation panel urges gas tax increase of up to 40 cents per gallon to fix roadways

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal gasoline taxes should be increased up to 40 cents per gallon over five years, a divided special commission urged Tuesday in calling for drastic changes to fix aging bridges and roads and reduce traffic deaths.

January 30, 2008 | By HOPE YEN Associated Press Writer | Washington


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