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Katrina, Rita Victims Feel Trapped in FEMA Trailers Sunday, August 05, 2007 BAKER, La. — It was bad enough when Hurricane Katrina chased Carrie Lewis out of her assisted-living home in New Orleans. Now she fears the rest of her life may be spent in the isolation of a federally...
Bush Signs Law to Widen Legal Reach for Wiretapping By JAMES RISEN Published: August 6, 2007 WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 — President Bush signed into law on Sunday legislation that broadly expanded the government’s authority to eavesdrop on the international telephone calls and e-mail...
State immigration laws on the rise The number of new measures has more than doubled compared with last year. Some experts say Washington's inaction has led to the growth. By Walter F. Roche Jr., Times Staff Writer August 6, 2007 WASHINGTON — The number of new state laws related...
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...
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...