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Clinton courts women in N.H. with family leave plan By Jason Szep Tue Oct 16, 2:31 PM ET MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton courted female voters on Tuesday with a plan to expand paid family leave, boost child-care funding and fight...
Man Texting While Driving Hits Train 15 hours ago EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — When Robert Gillespie looked up from his text message, he saw a freight train. EOM. ("End of message," that is, for non-texters.) Eugene police say Gillespie's car crashed into the side of the Union Pacific...
Katy Student Shocked With Taser Gun By Elizabeth Scarborough KATY, Texas -- Parents are asking questions about how much force officers should use on minors after a high school student was shocked by a Taser gun, KPRC Local 2 reported Monday. The 15-year-old Mayde Creek High...
Obama and Cheney discover hidden family ties 10 hours ago WASHINGTON (AFP) — They are political polar opposites, but for Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, hidden family ties run deep, as they are distant cousins. The vice president's...
City Council adopts broad smoking ban Christopher Heredia, Chronicle Staff Writer Oakland -- Smoking in ATM lines, parks, bus stops and municipal golf courses will no longer be legal in Oakland, under an ordinance adopted Tuesday by the City Council. The new law, which takes...
Harris County GOP opposes $3 billion cancer bond plan Leaders buck the governor, cite lack of payoff certainty By POLLY ROSS HUGHES Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau AUSTIN — Despite cheerleaders including Republican Gov. Rick Perry and world cycling champ Lance...
Schools using breathalyzers to fight teen drinking By Wendy Koch, USA TODAY High schools are rushing to test students for alcohol at extracurricular events like dances and football games. "It's increased dramatically," says Bill Judge, an Illinois attorney who advises high...
CPS Energy Removes Noose From Manager's Cubicle Noose Had Been Hanging For 10 Years SAN ANTONIO -- A noose that hung in a cubicle of a CPS Energy manager's office has been removed, utility officials said Monday. CPS Energy officials said the noose, which had been hanging for 10...
Tough, Sad and Smart By BOB HERBERT Published: October 16, 2007 They are a longtime odd couple, Bill Cosby and Harvard’s Dr. Alvin Poussaint, and their latest campaign is nothing less than an effort to save the soul of black America. Mr. Cosby, of course, is the boisterous...