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Mary Beth Sheridan Washington Post As his watch ticks toward midnight, Paul Gardella checks the oil on the small Cessna 182 parked on a cold, dark airstrip in Fairfax County. He knows what he soon could be facing: Coast Guard helicopters chasing him. F-16s intercepting him...
Nicole Foy San Antonio Express-News The Dominion Homeowners Association has sent the owner of a controversial local embryo brokerage a "cease and desist" notice, accusing her of violating the deed restrictions of the upscale community. Jennalee Ryan has said in two San Antonio...
Sanjay Bhatt THE SEATTLE TIMES A year after a statewide smoking ban took effect at workplaces, restaurants, bars and other public places, a new battlefield over secondhand smoke is emerging: apartment buildings. Spurred on by nonsmoking tenants and public-health leaders, more...
DENVER POST If a proposed bill makes it through the Texas Legislature this spring, parents had better think twice before skipping a scheduled parent- teacher conference. Missing the meeting could result in a Class C misdemeanor citation and a fine of up to $500. "Parents should...
JEFF MOSIER The Dallas Morning News An Arlington man could face more than 40 sex-crime charges after he posed online as his teenage son and persuaded underage girls to e-mail him nude photographs, police said. John Randolph Burk, 50, also paid two girls, ages 14 and 16, to pose...
John Solomon The Washington Post When Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.) rose to the Senate floor last summer and passionately argued for keeping the federal estate tax, he left one person with an interest in retaining the tax unmentioned. The multibillion-dollar life-insurance...
SAM ROBERTS The New York Times For what experts say is probably the first time, more American women are living without a husband than with one, according to a New York Times analysis of census results. In 2005, 51 percent of women said they were living without a spouse, up from...
Sharon Jayson USA TODAY Her older daughter's birthday made Julie Printz realize she had gone overboard with a tea party for 15 kindergartners. "I tried to do something simple, but it escalated," she says. "I spent plenty, I'm sure. I got obsessed with the details. I put so much...
CNN.com A journalist who saw videotape of the Monday hangings of Saddam Hussein's half-brother and the dictator's former chief judge has described how one of the men was decapitated. New York Times reporter John F. Burns told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Monday evening that Barzan Hassan'...