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Rep. Doolittle, R-Calif., announces retirement from Congress

WASHINGTON - Republican Rep. John Doolittle of California, who is under investigation in a congressional lobbying scandal, said Thursday that he'll retire from Congress at the end of his current term.

January 25, 2008 | By ERICA WERNER Associated Press Writer | Washington


Lax FBI money controls lead to shutdown of surveillance, Justice Department audit finds

WASHINGTON - Telephone companies have cut off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals because of the bureau's repeated failures to pay phone bills on time.

January 25, 2008 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer | Washington


New National Guard program bringing in Army recruits

WASHINGTON - A new Army recruiting program that relies on National Guard soldiers to help recruit for the active duty Army has brought more than 500 sign-ups in its first three months, according to the Guard.

January 25, 2008 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Former CIA official wants immunity before telling House about destroying interrogation tapes

WASHINGTON - Attorneys for Jose Rodriguez told Congress the former CIA official won't testify about the destruction of CIA videotapes without a promise of immunity, two people close to the tapes inquiry said Wednesday.

January 25, 2008 | By MATT APUZZO Associated Press Writer | Washington


Rates on 30-year mortgages break below 6 percent level

WASHINGTON - Rising worries about a weak economy pushed rates on 30-year mortgages below the 6 percent mark for only the second time in more than two years.

January 25, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Washington


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