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EXCLUSIVE-Insurers get tough as obesity levels rise Fri Jun 29, 2007 12:53PM BST By Jennifer Hill LONDON (Reuters) - A growing number of people with common medical conditions are being refused life cover, as soaring obesity levels hit insurers. Diabetics are among the worst...
Man Pays $4.88 for Plasma TV at Wal-Mart Friday, June 29, 2007 04:46 PDT Monroe, La. (AP) -- While Wal-Mart is known for dropping its prices, one West Monroe man took the ad campaign seriously when he dropped the price of a plasma television from $984 to $4.88. Police arrested...
Woman Banned Over Birth-Control Advice Thursday, June 28, 2007 Logan, Utah (AP) -- A 76-year-old woman has been barred from the bus station after giving unwanted birth-control advice to mothers with large families. "I think it's wrong. It's a violation of my First Amendment...
Licensing Roadblocks Generate Revenue by Seizing Cars Roadblocks in California and North Carolina generated significant revenue from licensing infractions and automobile seizures. Roadblocks in California and North Carolina generated significant revenue from licensing...
Defeat Worries Employers Who Rely on Immigrants By JULIA PRESTON Published: June 29, 2007 While the defeat of the Senate immigration bill was a dismaying disappointment to illegal immigrants and the groups that support them, it also created major worries for employers across the...
Bush May Be Out of Chances For a Lasting Domestic Victory By Peter Baker Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, June 29, 2007; Page A01 NEWPORT, R.I., June 28 -- He looked uncharacteristically dejected as he approached the lectern, fiddling with papers as he talked and avoiding...
House OKs own cost-of-living raise From Times Wire Reports June 28, 2007 The House voted 244-181 to give lawmakers a pay raise of approximately $4,400 that will increase their salaries to almost $170,000. The cost-of-living raise gets lawmakers back on track for automatic pay...
'MOST' TEACHERS ATTACKED OR ABUSED Most teachers have been attacked or verbally abused in the past 12 months, a survey has found. Some were threatened by pupils brandishing weapons, and others by parents, according to the research from the University of Leicester. While most...
Austin police commander sues, claiming racial discrimination Suit comes after he was bypassed for promotion. By Tony Plohetski AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Thursday, June 28, 2007 A veteran Austin police commander has sued City Manager Toby Futrell, former Police Chief Stan Knee and...