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Bush and Congress discuss stimulus plan; Fed cuts key interest rate

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate as President Bush and top lawmakers were seeking quick agreement on a plan to pump about $150 billion in tax cuts and government spending into the ailing economy to head off a recession.

February 06, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writers | Washington


State Department official: Better intelligence on terror group inside Pakistan needed

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration isn't satisfied with the quality of information it's getting about terrorist groups and militants operating in Pakistan's volatile tribal area, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.

February 06, 2008 | By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press Writer | Washington


Supreme Court declines to hear case of Enron investors

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court dealt a blow Tuesday to Enron investors who sued major investment banks to recover money lost when the Texas energy giant collapsed amid a massive accounting fraud.

February 06, 2008 | By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer | Washington


Army recruited fewer high school grads in 2007, continuing a trend

WASHINGTON - The percent of Army recruits with a high school diploma dropped last year, continuing a trend that has worsened since the start of the Iraq war, according to a report released Tuesday.

February 06, 2008 | By KIMBERLY HEFLING Associated Press Writer | Washington


Fed cuts interest rate amid global stock sell-off and fears of recession

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve unexpectedly slashed a key interest rate by a bold three-fourths of a percentage point on Tuesday, responding to a global plunge in stock markets that heightened concerns about a recession. The Fed signaled that further rate cuts were likely.

February 06, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Washington


Health secretary sees continued divide on health care in 2008

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration's health agenda this year will consist largely of fending off Democratic lawmakers until a new president and Congress take charge.

February 05, 2008 | By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press Writer | Washington


AP IMPACT: Long-term health problems haunt some food poisoning

WASHINGTON - It's a dirty little secret of food poisoning: E. coli and certain other foodborne illnesses can sometimes trigger serious health problems months or years after patients survived that initial bout.

February 05, 2008 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press Writer | Washington


Schumer says limiting stimulus to those who pay income tax is unfair

WASHINGTON - Any rebate included in an economic stimulus plan should include people who pay Social Security taxes, not just those who pay income taxes, a leading Democratic lawmaker said Sunday.

February 04, 2008 | By WILL LESTER Associated Press Writer | Washington


Health secretary sees continued divide on health care in 2008

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration's health agenda this year will consist largely of fending off Democratic lawmakers until a new president and Congress take charge.

February 04, 2008 | By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press Writer | Washington


Quality of replacement plutonium triggers for aging nuclear warheads questioned

WASHINGTON - Resting atop the Trident II missile, the W88 warhead is among the mainstays of the country's submarine-based nuclear arsenal. For years, however, testing the warhead's components to ensure the weapon produces the intended blast instead of a fizzle has been complicated by a lack of replacement plutonium triggers.

February 04, 2008 | By H. JOSEF HEBERT Associated Press Writer | Washington


Democrats cite economy in calling for veto override on children's health insurance

WASHINGTON - Democratic lawmakers on Friday cited the slowing economy as a reason that the House should override President Bush's veto of a bill that would increase spending on a popular children's health insurance program.

February 03, 2008 | By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press Writer | Washington


Democrats, White House debate over who should get tax rebates in economic recovery plan

WASHINGTON - The poor are the people most likely to spend a tax rebate, if they are handed one in an economic revival plan. Whether that happens depends on who prevails - the White House or the Democrats who run Congress.

February 03, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Washington


US diplomat's resignation adds uncertainty to US-India civilian nuclear deal

WASHINGTON - The departure of the State Department's No. 3 official adds uncertainty to a U.S. nuclear deal with India that is already in deep trouble.

February 03, 2008 | By DESMOND BUTLER Associated Press Writer | Washington


White House chart shows 473 days of no e-mail, including dates in CIA leak and Iraq probes

WASHINGTON - Apparent gaps in White House e-mail archives coincide with dates in late 2003 and early 2004 when the administration was struggling to deal with the CIA leak investigation and the possibility of a congressional probe into Iraq intelligence failures.

February 03, 2008 | By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer | Washington


Bush fills Iran policy void before it opens as State Department exodus continues

WASHINGTON - President Bush moved quickly Friday to fill a key diplomatic post with responsibility for Iran policy, nominating the American ambassador to Russia for the job immediately after his predecessor's resignation.

February 03, 2008 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | Washington


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