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2008-07-02 15:00:00

By Peter B Lord The judges say the companies did not control their paints after selling them generations ago. PROVIDENCE -- The Rhode Island Supreme Court yesterday brought an abrupt end to the state's nine-year campaign to force some of the nation's major corporations to clean up the lead-based paints that the state believes poisoned tens of thousands of Rhode Island children. In a unanimous 4 to 0 ruling, the court overturned a string of decisions by Superior Court Judge Michael A....

2008-06-24 02:29:55

By Casey Seiler, Times Union, Albany, N.Y. Jun. 22--If you've seen the trailer for the upcoming Batman film "The Dark Knight," you might have noticed something familiar about one of the actors being roughed up by the Joker's thugs at a high-society gala. If you thought the frightened man in the tuxedo looked like the chairman of the U.S. Senate judiciary committee, go buy yourself a $7 bucket of popcorn. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a diehard Batman fan, previously appeared as another...

2008-06-19 09:00:42

By Glenn Thrush, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jun. 19--Sen. Charles Schumer is attacking the Bush administration's plan to auction off flight slots at three overcrowded New York-area airports, saying the proposal would cause aerial "gridlock." Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration announced it would require airlines to bid for some of their current flights at Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports. U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, who oversees the FAA, plans to hold...

2008-06-17 21:00:17

A coalition of conservation and community groups is calling on Congress to force coal companies to pay the U.S. government mining royalties. The Pennsylvania AML Campaign, comprised of 200 groups, has urged U.S. Sens. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa., to strike language inserted into an unrelated tax bill that would mandate refunds of what it calls excise taxes on exported coal, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday. The newspaper reported that U.S. coal exports...

2007-03-30 18:00:17

A Missouri woman learned the hard way that nothing stored on a computer is private when photos documenting her pregnancy appeared on the Internet. Jessica Robinson, press secretary to Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch she realized something was wrong when she began getting obscene telephone calls at work. It's devastating, she said. Robinson's husband took the nude pictures while she was pregnant in 2003 and 2004. The couple's son was born that May. Someone...

2006-10-30 15:00:26

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- William Wesley ("Bill") Carter is leaving his long tenure at the United States Attorney's office in Los Angeles to join the law firm of Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP (MP&G). He is well known for his work on many high profile prosecutions including the LAPD Rampart Corruption Scandal, the Santa Susana Field Lab formerly operated by Rockwell International Corporation/Rocketdyne Division, and the ocean-dumping of oily-wastes by Royal Caribbean Cruise...

2006-08-11 03:27:52

BEIJING (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate bill that would impose steep tariffs on Chinese goods unless Beijing significantly raises the value of the yuan has little chance of becoming law, a visiting senator said on Friday. Sen. Arlen Specter said the legislation proposed by Sens. Charles Schumer and Lindsey Graham was "not exactly a front-runner Congressional proposal." "It was never about to be passed," the Pennsylvania Republican told reporters. Schumer, a New York Democrat, and Graham,...

2006-08-02 16:04:10

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration on Wednesday said it would accept many but not all elements of the military justice code to try foreign terrorism suspects, to replace military tribunals that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled illegal. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said the administration was still drafting its plan, but that it would propose trying enemy combatants based on military court martial procedures -- although with a number of key changes. Those...

2006-07-31 13:56:44

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At the urging of Democrats, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has put off a vote until September on whether to keep John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, committee aides said on Monday. Democrats want to use that time to press the White House for documents they had sought last year during the dispute over Bolton's nomination to be U.N. envoy. They contend he bullied intelligence analysts to conform to his hawkish views in his last job as...

2006-07-18 12:38:17

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush prevented a review earlier this year by Justice Department lawyers of his warrantless domestic spying program, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified on Tuesday. Gonzales told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, however, that he was confident the program's constitutionality would be upheld by a proposed review of it by a secret federal court. Gonzales said Bush refused to give the Justice Department's Office of...


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