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April 12, 2009

40 New Hampshire Christian Center Homes Burned

A massive fire in New Hampshire burned as many as 40 homes in a Christian center this Easter Sunday.

The fire began in the evening, though not during season when residents would be present. Of the 140 homes present on Lake Winnipesaukee, some 40 are damaged or destroyed.

"Fortunately, it was at this time of year," state Fire Marshal William Degnan said. "During the summer, it's full."

Florida Boat Slams into Tug Boat; 5 killed, 7 injured

Five people were killed off the Florida coast Sunday when a pleasure boat crashed into the rear of a docked tug boat near St. Augustine, authorities said.

Seven more were injured in an crash while authorities are yet to discover whether it was the impact of the crash or other causes that put many of the passengers into the sea.

The boat was carrying 12 people, according to Jeremy Robshaw of the St. John's County Fire and Rescue, who also said that three of the injured were in critical condition.

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April 5, 2009

U.S. Drug Enforcement Fights Submarine-like boats hauling cocaine.

It is not too uncommon for the U.S. Navy or Coast Guard to spot vessels similar in size to humpback whales gliding through the water’s surface. Columbian drug traffickers are attempting to evade border patrols and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration by constructing homemade semi-submersible vessels. The vessels have been found to carry large amounts of cocaine and even crew members.
A recently passed U.S. law, the Drug Trafficking Vessel Interdiction Act of 2008, seeks to punish these crew members with longer prison sentences and strengthen the U.S.’s abilities to prevent other such vessels from reaching the U.S.
“It’s very likely a game-changer,” said Jay Bergman, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s regional director, based in Columbia. “You don’t get a get-out-of-jail free card anymore.”

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March 29, 2009

GM CEO Wagoner Resigns at Obama's Request

General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner will resign his positions immediately at the request of the Obama administration, officials said Sunday. Obama is likely to unveil restructuring plans for the U.S. auto industry this week, which will include bail outs.
The restructuring plans for auto industry will come as a sort of compensation for government loans GM and Chrysler LLC have been asking for.

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March 1, 2009

25 Homes Destroyed in Central Texas Wildfire

A wildfire in central Texas has destroyed 25 homes and three businesses. No deaths or injuries have been reported. The wildfire has charred a square mile since it began Saturday.
Four Blackhawk helicopters have been equipped to drop water and fire retardant while two National Guard helicopters have joined with state firefighters in containing and putting out the fire.

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Two NFL Players Among Missing on Florida Boat Trip

The Coast Guard is searching for a boat with a crew of four missing off the coast of Florida. Two of the missing men are NFL football players, Corey Smith and Marquis Cooper, of the Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders.
The 21-foot vessel left Saturday morning but did not return when expected and amidst poor weather conditions and choppy seas.

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February 15, 2009

Clinton Travelling to Asia for First Trip as Secretary of State

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's first mission abroad, to begin Monday, will be to strengthen relations with Asian nations.
Upon her departure for Asia, told reporters that part of her trip will include communicating to Asian leaders what the Obama administration's plans are for healing the world economic crisis. This briefing will include explaining the plans the U.S. has with its $787 billion stimulus bill.
Her trip will include "seeking cooperation on ways that we are going to work through these very difficult economic times," Clinton said.

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Illinois GOP Leader Calls on Sen. Burris to Resign

Illinois politicians are calling for Senator Roland Burris to resign following an affidavit released by the senator that contradicts statements he made before legislators during former Gov. Blagojevich's impeachment.
"I can't believe anything that comes out of Mr. Burris at this point," Rep. Jim Durkin, Illinois House ranking Republican for the impeachment committee, said at a news conference Sunday. "I think it would be in the best interest of the state if he resigned because I don't think the state can stand this anymore."
The brother of Rod Blagojevich had asked for campaign donations soon before his appointment, according to Burris's affidavit.

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February 8, 2009

MLB Athletes Supposedly Tested Positive for Steroids

Alex Rodriguez and other Major League Baseball players supposedly tested positive for steroids early in the decade, according to Sports Illustrated. Rodriguez, in particular, tested positive in the year 2003 during an MVP season. Rodriguez has yet to comment on the report by Sports Illustrated, but has many times before denied having ever used steroids.

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February 1, 2009

Senate Unlikely to pass stimulus bill says GOP leaders

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that a stimulus bill supported by President Obama and congressional Democrats would likely fail as a result of spending issues. The GOP leader suggested that a need to reduce spending and cut taxes would help resolve conflict over the bill.

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