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More Iraq progress wanted By S.A. Miller August 3, 2007 Democrats, including the party's conservative "Blue Dogs," say it will take "monumental" improvement in Iraq — not the current blips of success — to sway them from pushing for a U.S. troop withdrawal after a September...
For Young Earners in Big City, a Gap in Women’s Favor By SAM ROBERTS Published: August 3, 2007 Young women in New York and several of the nation’s other largest cities who work full time have forged ahead of men in wages, according to an analysis of recent census data. The shift...
Illegal-immigrant crackdown looms A plan to make employers fire workers with discrepancies in their records could snare many citizens and legal residents, critics say. By Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer August 3, 2007 WASHINGTON — With the failure of immigration legislation...
Some doctors refuse services for religious reasons By Laura Parker, USA TODAY Doctors are becoming more assertive in refusing to treat patients for religious reasons, expanding the list of services they won't provide beyond abortion to include artificial insemination, use of...
Doctors accused of using faith to violate gay bias laws By Laura Parker, USA TODAY When does the freedom to practice religion become discrimination? The California Supreme Court is being asked to answer that question when it hears a legal dispute between a lesbian mom and two...
First, Pants Man Loses Case. Next, His Job. By the middle of next week, Roy Pearson, the D.C. administrative law judge who sued his neighborhood dry cleaners for $54 million and lost, will receive a letter that starts the process of putting him out of a job. City sources tell me...
House triples SCHIP funding By Sean Lengell August 2, 2007 The House yesterday tripled to $75 billion funding for a popular health insurance program for low-income children, surviving Republican efforts to rein in what they call a push to socialized care. Republicans, who...
Odour leads Florida agents to illegal dung depot Wed Aug 1, 2007 8:35PM BST MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida man stockpiled 20,000 cubic yards (15,290 cubic metres) of horse manure on his property and was charged with running an illegal composting operation, environmental regulators...
GOLDEN GATE PARK SWEEP - CAN CITY MAKE IT STICK? HOMELESS ROUSTED: 4:30 a.m. wakeup for the park campers Heather Knight, Chronicle Staff Writer Thursday, August 2, 2007 For 19-year-old Brandon Krigbaum, who goes by the name Repo Violence, the wake-up call came at 4:30 a.m...