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Crew talked of 'significant ice buildup' before U.S. plane crash: authorities

Crew members of Continental Connection Flight 3407 were talking about 'significant ice buildup' shortly before the plane dived into a one-home house, killing all 49 aboard and 1 man in the house on Thursday, authorities said on Friday.

Unthinkable! GOP budget cuts endanger lives, leaders charge

As California’s budget debacle enters its fourth month, labor and environmental organizations are stepping up their fightback against the Republican drive to gut vital labor and environmental protections.

Progressive Caucus co-chairs react to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act vote

WASHINGTON — The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed in the House of Representatives today. This critical legislation to create and save 3.5 million American jobs will be signed into law next week.

Thousands, in springtime mood, head to Capitol Hill for lobbying on foreclosures, education

WASHINGTON—The temperature was 70 degrees Feb. 11 and people sprouted like daffodils on Capitol Hill. Thousands, in a springtime mood, trekked to the offices of their senators and representatives demanding action to rescue the country from unemployment, home foreclosures, unaffordable health care and two costly wars.

Chris Brown and Rihannas story raises teen relationship violence

LOS ANGELES - When word spread that R&B sensation Chris Brown, 19, turned himself into the police after being accused of assaulting his girlfriend the reigning “Princess of Pop” Robyn Rihanna Fenty, 20, no one could believe it. After all, Chris Brown is known for his incredible talent, good looks and squeaky-clean image. He wasn’t the type do such a thing. And Rihanna? She’s on top of the world right now, this couldn’t possibly happen to her.

Economic Recovery Package to Boost Education

Without massive intervention, school districts and state governments across the country will have to cut about $80 billion from education programs and lay off as many as 600,000 educational professionals to meet budget requirements, a University of Washington study, released this week, found.

American Idol boots off Joanna Pacitti

Controversial 'American Idol' contestant and former child star Joanna Pacitti has been booted off the talent show, apparently due to her past in the music business.

Madonna the top-earning musician of 2008

If anyone had any doubt that touring is where the money is in today's music business, a look at Billboard's top moneymakers of 2008 should hammer the point home.

Reform blocked by racist groups

The Southern Poverty Law Center in a recent report charges that three Washington D.C. organizations have racist roots and that they were the most responsible for blocking comprehensive immigration reform in 2007. All three — the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies and NumbersUSA — are part of a single chain of lobbyist groups conceived and funded by John Tanton, known as an extreme white nationalist and anti-immigrant culprit, says the law center.

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Petitions urge DA to take further action in Oscar Grant murder

OAKLAND, Calif. — The online civil rights advocacy organization Color of Change Feb. 10 presented the Alameda County District Attorney’s office with over 20,000 petition signatures calling on the DA to explain why he is not pursuing charges against a second BART police officer in the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant III.

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