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By IAN FISHER Published: March 22, 2007 ROME, March 21 —An Italian journalist who was held hostage for 15 days by the Taliban in lawless southern Afghanistan was ransomed for five Taliban prisoners, the Italian government and Afghan officials confirmed Wednesday. It appears to...
By Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writer March 21, 2007 SACRAMENTO — After repeatedly being asked about his conservative critics, including talk show host Rush Limbaugh, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger dropped his diplomatic veneer Tuesday and declared their views irrelevant to his...
By Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer March 21, 2007 SASABE, MEXICO — The dusty Grand Central Station of illegal journeys into the United States lies on the fringes of this village near the Arizona border, in a junkyard littered with demolished cars. Migrants wearing backpacks...
By ROBERT PEAR Published: March 21, 2007 WASHINGTON, March 20 — In a reversal, the Bush administration said Tuesday that babies born in the United States to illegal immigrants with low incomes could automatically qualify for one year of Medicaid coverage, just as babies born to...
By R.G. RATCLIFFE Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry's staff knew as early as June 2005 that two administrators at a Texas Youth Commission facility were not being prosecuted on allegations of sexually abusing youths in their custody,...
By POLLY ROSS HUGHES Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau AUSTIN — A Senate panel on Tuesday approved a bill, fiercely opposed by businesses, that gives workers the right to lock concealed handguns in their cars, even if the parking lot is owned by their employer...
By Ethan Smith In a dramatic acceleration of the seven-year sales decline that has battered the music industry, compact-disc sales for the first three months of this year plunged 20% from a year earlier, the latest sign of the seismic shift in the way consumers acquire music...
By Donna St. George Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, March 20, 2007; Page A01 Cynthie Bush pulled on her coat and started to say goodbye. She and a friend were taking a night out -- three hours in all, for a quick dinner and a PTA event. It was not the kind of thing she did...
Metro & State Briefing AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN Mike Heiligenstein, director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, will make $190,000 in base salary in the coming year, the agency board decided unanimously Monday. Heiligenstein will also receive $40,000 in...