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Last Build Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 14:45:19 +0200

 



Attorney general rejects calls for criminal charges over hirings
Michael Mukasey said he had already taken strong internal steps in response to an episode involving former Justice Department employees who used political litmus tests in hiring decisions.



Hong Kong emigrant's death attracts scrutiny of U.S. detention system
The death of Hiu Lui Ng follows a succession of cases that have drawn congressional scrutiny to complaints of inadequate medical care and human rights violations.



After mixed U.S. messages, a war erupted in Georgia
Bush administration officials say they cautioned Georgia not to let Russia provoke it into a fight, but the warnings may have fallen on deaf ears.



A Swift-boating of Obama shoots up the charts
Jerome Corsi, co-author of a book on John Kerry's war record, has released a book painting Barack Obama as a radical that will make its debut Sunday on The New York Times best-seller list at No. 1.



Book on Obama hopes to repeat anti-Kerry feat
A conservative gadfly who attacked John Kerry's Vietnam record in 2004 has released a new book painting Barack Obama as a stealth radical liberal.



Los Angeles stages a fast food intervention
The yearlong moratorium on new fast food restaurants in Los Angeles raises questions about when eating stops being a personal choice and becomes a public health concern.



Health benefits inspire a rush to the altar, or to divorce court
A poll and anecdotal data suggest more people are making major life decisions on the basis of health care concerns.



Amid ruined New Orleans neighborhoods, a gadfly buzzes
Karen Gadbois, a New Orleans activist, has helped expose corruption in the federally financed program to gut and repair storm-damaged homes.



Ill and in pain, detainee dies in U.S. hands
Lawyers say their client was denied adequate medical care while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and demanded a criminal investigation.



U.S. analyst depicts Al Qaeda as secure in Pakistan and more potent than last year
Al Qaeda's success in forging close ties to Pakistani militant groups has given the terrorist network an increasingly secure haven in parts of Pakistan, an analyst said.