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Westboro Baptist Church wins suit brought by father of dead, heterosexual soldier

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount anti-gay protests outside military funerals, despite the pain they cause grieving families.


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The defendants are open to a settlement that would spare Dugard and her 2 daughters from having to take the witness stand

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California couple charged with kidnapping Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive for 18 years have given full confessions to authorities, a defense lawyer said Monday.


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Bernanke, in testimony to the Senate Banking Committee, also defended the Fed's $600 billion bond-purchase program

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Tuesday that a prolonged rise in oil prices would pose a danger to the economy


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The House is expected to vote later in the day on the measure to keep the government running for two weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans controlling the House are moving quickly Tuesday to pass stopgap legislation to avoid a partial shutdown of the government when temporary funding runs out Friday.


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Despite calls for his resignation from constituents and some Oregon newspapers, Democratic Rep. David Wu continues to insist that he will not step down.


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But Americans boosted their spending only slightly, a sign that many people are being cautious with their money even as the economy improves

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A tax cut that began last month gave consumers the biggest jump in their incomes in nearly two years.


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With unrest in the Middle East and North Africa lifting the price of oil to the $100-a-barrel range, analysts say pump prices are likely headed higher

NEW YORK (AP) -- High fuel prices are putting the squeeze on drivers' wallets just as they are starting to feel better about the economy


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Wattier said he has never used racial slurs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A longtime Murray State University professor has decided to retire after referring to slavery while making a point about tardiness to two black students last semester


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Oversight panels are part of an effort to restore the public's trust in police

HOUSTON (AP) -- City officials announced Friday that two new independent panels will be reviewing Houston's police department, which has come under fierce criticism after a video surfaced this month that appears to show officers kicking and stomping a black teenage burglary suspect.


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From George to Booker T., how one name transformed itself

George Washington's name is inseparable from America, and not only from the nation's history. It identifies countless streets, buildings, mountains, bridges, monuments, cities — and people.


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