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State to pay owners to get polluting cars off roads To boost air quality, state to give up to $3,500 to those who retire pre-1996 vehicles 04:53 AM CDT on Thursday, August 9, 2007 By TERRY BOX / The Dallas Morning News tbox@dallasnews.com Old cars and trucks in the Dallas area...
Sex-ed course proposed in D.C. By Gary Emerling August 9, 2007 Proposed guidelines for a sex-education curriculum to be used in D.C. Public Schools recommend that middle-school students learn to define sexual orientation and be taught about homosexuality. The guidelines —...
It pays exactly $25 for Tucson kids to stay in school Aug 8, 2007 07:17 PM CDT Local high school students will soon be cashing in for hitting the books. A new pilot program promises to pay them to stay in school. More than 20,000 Arizona teens dropped out of the class of 2006...
Search engine revs up to look for billions of names August 7, 2007 SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA -- A US Web firm is preparing to launch an ambitious Internet search engine that it hopes will eventually track down the names of the world's 6 billion people. Spock.com says that it has...
Court denies test drugs to dying patients Terminally ill people do not have the right to get unapproved, potentially lifesaving treatments, an appeals panel rules. By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer August 8, 2007 WASHINGTON -- People who are dying do not have...
Serve Breakfast in Class, Advocates for Poor Urge By JULIE BOSMAN Published: August 8, 2007 Advocates for poor children urged the city’s Department of Education yesterday to serve free breakfast in classrooms, saying that the practice of serving it in cafeterias failed to...
It’s a Female Dog, or Worse. Or Endearing. And Illegal? By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM Published: August 7, 2007 The New York City Council, which drew national headlines when it passed a symbolic citywide ban earlier this year on the use of the so-called n-word, has turned its...
China threatens 'nuclear option' of dollar sales By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Last Updated: 9:54am BST 08/08/2007 The Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States, hinting that it may liquidate its vast holding of US treasuries if...
Google Maps redraw the realm of privacy As street-level photos are added to the site, fears of intrusion arise. By Alex Pham and Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writers August 7, 2007 Google Inc. has been watching you, Southern California. A caravan of cars and trucks mounted with...