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Raymond Allen Davis worked as a CIA security contractor for the U.S. consulate in Lahore

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An American jailed in Pakistan for the fatal shooting of two armed men was secretly working for the CIA and scouting a neighborhood when he was arrested


Gov. Scott Walker won't back off proposal to eliminate collective bargaining rights

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- To end a high-stakes stalemate over union rights that has captured the nation's attention, a handful of Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin might have to stand up to their new governor.


One man says honoring Confederacy akin to 'celebrating the holocaust'

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Hundreds of men in Civil War uniforms marched past the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church Saturday to commemorate the inauguration of the Confederate president 150 years ago in a city that no longer rolls out the red carpet for them.


'You can't continue to eat things that are not good for you'

NEW YORK (AP) -- Aretha Franklin, who says she's back at ``150 percent,'' is planning to return to the stage in May for her first post-surgery performance.


Claims she was the basis for a black servant character depicted in a poor light

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- A black woman who once worked as a maid for a relative of novelist Kathryn Stockett is suing the author of the best-selling book ``The Help,'' claiming she was the basis for a black servant character who she thought depicted her in a poor light.


Norton was denied the opportunity to testify by Chairman Trent Franks (R-AZ)

Congressional Black Caucus Chair, Emanuel Cleaver, II, (D-MO), was outraged over the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives refusal to hear testimony from Washington, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton on Feb. 8


Spisak said he hated gays, blacks and Jews and suffered sexual identity confusion

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio executed a neo-Nazi Thursday who shot two men and a teen to death at Cleveland State University more than a quarter-century ago in a shooting spree that targeted blacks.


Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the Bush-era law needs to be more flexible

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration set a goal Thursday of revamping the federal No Child Left Behind education law before students start the next school year in the fall, a timeframe likely to clash with the priorities of congressional Republicans.


Parker is not the only donor trying to have a gift returned if it won't be displayed in the museum

Therbia Parker Sr. looked forward to the day he would walk inside the finished U.S. National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg and see the artifacts he donated among the exhibits.


President Barack Obama promised upon taking office in early 2009 to close the prison

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday the prospects of closing the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay are very remote, a reflection of the fierce congressional opposition to transferring suspected terrorists to the United States.


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