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Violence in Iraq drops sharply: Ministry By Aseel Kami BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Violence in Iraq has dropped by 70 percent since the end of June, when U.S. forces completed their build-up of 30,000 extra troops to stabilize the war-torn country, the Interior Ministry said on Monday...
GOP Finds Hot Button in Illegal Immigration Special Election in Massachusetts Could Be Indicative of Democratic Weak Spot By Jonathan Weisman Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, October 23, 2007; Page A07 When Republican Jim Ogonowski launched his long-shot bid for Congress,...
Privacy Lost: These Phones Can Find You By LAURA M. HOLSON Published: October 23, 2007 Two new questions arise, courtesy of the latest advancement in cellphone technology: Do you want your friends, family, or colleagues to know where you are at any given time? And do you want to...
Busted: Simple test can catch smokers who fib By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A simple device for detecting carbon monoxide in the blood may help doctors get an honest answer out of patients who smoke, U.S. researchers said on Monday. The device, called a pulse...
Texas 2nd in sanctions for teacher sexual misconduct By JEFF CARLTON The Associated Press From Aug. 4 to Aug. 17, an assistant band director was arrested, a former substitute teacher was convicted, and an ex-middle school teacher was sentenced. The three men -- one in suburban...
Vultures Are Circling Over Distressed Properties By Kenneth R. Harney Saturday, October 20, 2007; Page F01 Call them grave dancers, vulture funds, turnaround specialists or the more euphemistic "opportunity investors." However you identify them, the deal is the same: When...
What happened to the tax cut? Much-touted rate cut has not lowered school taxes bill as much as was hoped. Click-2-Listen By Jason Embry , Marty Toohey AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Monday, October 22, 2007 In many Central Texas school districts, the tax bill due on an average-value...
Not All Are Pleased at Plan to Offer Birth Control at Maine Middle School By KATIE ZEZIMA Published: October 21, 2007 PORTLAND, Me., Oct. 19 — Carissa Porcaro, a student at King Middle School here, did not hide her feelings about the Portland school board’s decision to let the...
Children detach from natural world as they explore the virtual one Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer Monday, October 22, 2007 Yosemite may be nice and all, but Tommy Nguyen of San Francisco would much prefer spending his day in front of a new video game or strolling around...