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Top court will review who pays for Superfund site

Posted: 10/01/2008 - The Supreme Court has agreed to decide what share railroads and an oil company should bear of the cleanup of a contaminated industrial site in Arvin, Calif., near Bakersfield, that threatened drinking water supplies.

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Construction activity unchanged in August

Posted: 10/01/2008 - Construction activity was unchanged in August even though spending for residential projects posted the first increase in 17 months, a rare bit of good news in the midst of the worst housing downturn in decades.

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Feds propose 48 new endangered species in Hawaii

Posted: 09/30/2008 - The federal government is proposing to add 47 species of plants and animals and one insect to the endangered species list -- all found only on the island of Kauai.

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Ex-carrier accused of putting mail in storage unit

Posted: 09/30/2008 - A former postal worker has been charged with stealing thousands of pieces of mail that authorities say she had kept in a storage unit northwest of Detroit for up to three years.

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Dollars stolen from eatery's wall used to pay fine

Posted: 09/30/2008 - Thousands of dollar bills stolen from a restaurant in California's high desert could not have been more clearly marked: The Homestead had a tradition of customers writing messages on the currency and hanging it on the walls.

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Congress quiet on Jewish New Year

Posted: 09/30/2008 - A day after a chaotic vote on a historic financial bailout package, Capitol Hill is largely deserted.

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NY judge OKs lawsuit against PLO

Posted: 09/30/2008 - A federal judge has upheld the right of U.S. victims of terror attacks in Israel to sue the Palestine Liberation Organization.

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Health rules issued for nuke waste dump

Posted: 09/30/2008 - The government says a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada must be designed to ensure against excessive radiation exposure to nearby residents for up to a million years.

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Lawsuit against online hotel brokers dismissed

Posted: 09/30/2008 - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which Louisville and Lexington officials tried to collect taxes from hundreds of online hotel brokers such as Hotels.com.

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Clinton office hostage-taker pleads guilty

Posted: 09/30/2008 - The man who took six hostages last year at one of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's New Hampshire campaign offices has been sentenced to three years in jail, followed by mental health treatment.

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Witness: Officer admitted taking missile device

Posted: 09/30/2008 - An Air Force supervisor says a Minot Air Force Base officer admitted taking a missile launch control device as a souvenir because he thought it would be "a cool thing to have."

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Nobel literature chief: US writing too 'insular'

Posted: 09/30/2008 - The man who announces the Nobel Prize in literature says the United States is too "insular" and ignorant to compete with Europe when it comes to great writing.

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Congressional leaders search for new rescue plan

Posted: 09/30/2008 - Congressional leaders are trying to come up with enough changes in the administration's 700-billion-dollar financial rescue plan to persuade members who voted against it yesterday to change their minds and sign on.

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Islam convert gets 35 years in plot to attack mall

Updated: 09/30/2008 - A 24-year-old convert to Islam has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for plotting to blow off hand grenades in a crowded shopping mall during the Christmas season.

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