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By CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - When a 60-year-old man spat on the sidewalk, his DNA became as public as if he had been advertising it across his chest. Police officers secretly following Leon Chatt last August collected the saliva _ loaded with...
Doug Guthrie / The Detroit News NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP -- A Redford Township church that believes wealth is God's reward is raising eyebrows for buying its pastor a $3.65 million mansion and taking it off the tax rolls. This month, township officials grudgingly conceded they had no...
TAMPA, Florida — Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani on Sunday defended his law firm's role in representing Citgo Petroleum Corp., which is ultimately controlled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, saying it was helping protect American jobs. Giuliani acknowledged...
FLUSHING, Mich., Mar. 18, 2007 (AP) A nasty bite on the hand that a man got from his sister's Siamese cat is worth $122,400. A jury on Friday awarded Michael Sabo, 57, the money for an injury he got when the cat, Randy, bit his right hand in March 2004. Sabo's fingers swelled so...
Mar 19 01:13 AM US/Eastern The Supreme Court examines Monday a case raising questions over free speech rights in US high schools as it hears arguments over a student's unfurling of a quirky banner proclaiming "Bong Hits 4 Jesus." Joseph Frederick drew the ire of his school...
BENNETT ROTH and KRISTEN MACK Houston Chronicle Since 1972, when Bill Clinton and his girlfriend Hillary Rodham traveled to Texas to work on George McGovern's presidential campaign, the couple have cultivated key political relationships in the Lone Star state, including the...
CAROLYN MARSHALL The New York Times A scathing 18-month evaluation of California’s public schools has concluded that the state’s educational system is “broken,” crippled by a complex bureaucracy, flawed teacher policies and misspent school money, leaving it in need of sweeping...
Dan Eggen and Paul Kane THE WASHINGTON POST The Justice Department advocated in early 2005 removing up to 20 percent of the nation's U.S. attorneys whom it considered to be "underperforming" but retaining prosecutors who were "loyal Bushies," according to e-mails released by...
Sudarsan Raghavan THE WASHINGTON POST U.S. troops are conducting security sweeps in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City for the first time in three years, part of a revamped plan to pacify the capital. Yet the Mahdi Army militia of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has not risen up...