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General News Archive - December 08, 2005

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday planned an exercise to see just how poorly prepared the country is to cope with a avian flu pandemic, even as lawmakers in Congress debated how much to spend for U.S. preparations.

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Actor-director Rob Reiner has decided against a run for California governor that could have pitted him against Arnold Schwarzenegger next year, an aide said on Wednesday night.

By Adam Tanner SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger holds a clemency hearing on condemned Crips gang co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams on Thursday before he makes one of the most anticipated decisions of his administration.

In SACRAMENTO story headlined "Schwarzenegger to hear last appeal on gang leader," please read in second paragraph ... next Tuesday ... instead of ... next Thursday ... By Adam Tanner SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - California Gov.

By Bernd Debusmann FRONT ROYAL, Virginia (Reuters) - The last class of 2005 has completed the core curriculum and picked its majors -- sniffing for drugs, dollars, people, explosives, chemicals or agricultural produce.

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Senior Republicans and Democrats are accusing President George W. Bush and Congress of not fulfilling the promise to do "whatever it takes" to rebuild the Gulf Coast after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

By Dan Wilchins NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comeback queen Mariah Carey, rapper Kanye West and newcomer John Legend led the field with eight nominations each for the Grammy Awards when the contenders were unveiled in New York on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. air marshals who shot and killed an American Airlines passenger acted "consistent with their training" and an investigation will determine if any changes are needed in operating procedures, the White House said on Thursday.

It's office party time of year again, but the holiday shindigs just aren't what they used to be.