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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The welfare state is bigger than ever despite a decade of policies designed to wean poor people from public aid. The number of families receiving cash benefits from welfare has plummeted since the government imposed time limits on the payments a decade ago...
Former New York Mayor and possible presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani will be on Austin's Morning News tomorrow morning at 7:20am.
TODD ACKERMAN Houston Chronicle Until she came to Houston's Renaissance Hospital two weeks ago, Renee Williams hadn't left her bed in three years. It took eight people to get her in and out of the ambulance. At her first weigh-in at the hospital, she tipped 850 pounds. Williams...
Nancy Vogel LA TIMES A Bay Area lawmaker retreated from her proposed ban on spanking and instead offered a bill Thursday that would criminalize parental discipline involving a closed fist, belt, electrical cord, shoe or other objects. Additionally, the legislation by...
Fake bull testicles and other anatomically explicit vehicle decorations would be banned from Maryland roads under a bill pending in the state legislature. The measure was filed in the General Assembly Monday by Delegate LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washingon, who says children shouldn'...
MARIANELA JIMENEZ Associate Press A tour bus of U.S. senior citizens defended themselves against a group of alleged muggers, sending two of them fleeing and killing a third in the Atlantic coast city of Limon, police said on Thursday. One of the tourists _ a retired member of...
GM.tv Half of young children are anxious about the effects of global warming, often losing sleep because of their concern, according to a new report today. A survey of 1,150 youngsters aged between seven and 11 found that one in four blamed politicians for the problems of...
Michael Finnegan Republican presidential candidate John McCain was anything but subtle Wednesday as he took swipes at the Bush administration during a meticulously staged appearance with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on the bustling docks of Los Angeles Harbor. President Bush's...
DAVE MCNARY Variety Just in time for the Academy Awards, Jesse Jackson's renewing a push for greater inclusion of minorities in showbiz. The civil rights leader asserts that the timing's right to raise the issue, at a time when there's been widespread recognition received by...