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  • AP Poll: Repeal? Many say they wish health law went further

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has divided the nation, and Republicans believe their call for repeal will help them win elections in November. But the picture’s not that clear cut.
    A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1.
    “I was disappointed that it didn’t provide universal coverage,” said Bronwyn Bleakley, 35, a biology professor from Easton, Mass.

  • Bomb scare diverts plane; may have been a hoax

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Police evacuated 273 people from a Pakistani jet diverted to Stockholm due to a bomb alert Saturday and briefly detained a passenger after Canadian authorities received a tip-off that he was carrying explosives.
    However, no explosives were found on the man, who was released after questioning by police, or on the Boeing 777 from Pakistan International Airlines, which had been bound from Toronto to Karachi, Pakistan.
    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said it was investigating whether the incident was a “terrorism hoax.”

  • Comedian's testimony on immigration deemed an embarrassment

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The House's No. 2 Democratic leader said Sunday that comedian Stephen Colbert's testimony last week on immigration was "inappropriate" and "an embarrassment."

    Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California invited Colbert to appear before the House Judiciary Committee. But other Democrats weren't happy about her decision.

  • Still waiting for Abu Ghraib amends

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Fending off demands that he resign over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress in 2004 that he had found a legal way to compensate Iraqi detainees who suffered "grievous and brutal abuse and cruelty at the hands of a few members of the United States armed forces."

  • Diamond Drive construction stops for season

    Commuters get a much-needed reprieve from Diamond Drive roadwork as the project winds down for the season. 

    “The first part of Phase 4 is essentially complete,” said Pavement Division Manager Tom Roach. “Phase 5, which is the utilities portion, ran pretty much concurrently with Phase 4 and as of this week is substantially complete as well. We’ve got one more stretch of the project to complete from where we are now to the Omega Bridge starting next spring.”

  • Obama to visit NM families Tuesday

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to meet with an Albuquerque family at their home before hosting a discussion on the economy with other families from the area when he visits Tuesday.

    Obama has already met with families in Virginia and Ohio to listen to their concerns and to discuss specific ways to jump-start job creation and strengthen the middle class.

    After Albuquerque, Obama will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, and Richmond, Virginia, for more conversations with families.

  • A date with Mars

    A laser instrument made in Los Alamos and meant for Mars has completed the first leg of its journey — over land — to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
    Next year, the instrument called the ChemCam will be on the Red Planet, helping to find out what elements are in Mars’ rocks and soil from a distance of 23 feet from Curiosity, the new rover.

  • Trinity Site open for tour Oct. 2

    WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE (AP) — The southern New Mexico desert site where scientists set off the world’s first atomic bomb test in 1945 opens for tours the first Saturday in October.
    All adults visiting Trinity Site on White Sands Missile Range must show a photo ID.
    Visitors can take a quarter-mile walk to ground zero, where an obelisk marks where the bomb was exploded.
    The fence surrounding the area displays historical photos.

  • Obama: 9-11 comments ‘offensive’

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday condemned as “offensive” and “hateful” the suggestion of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that the 9-11 attacks might have been orchestrated by the U.S. government.
    The president’s remarks in an interview with BBC Persian Television came a day after the Iranian leader included the incendiary comment in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly. It prompted a walkout by the U.S. delegation and others.

  • Amgen recalls anemia drugs due to glass flakes

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Amgen Inc. is recalling some lots of its blockbuster Epogen and Procrit anemia treatments because the injected drugs may contain glass flakes that could cause blood clots, swelling of veins, immune system reactions and other problems.
    The Thousand Oaks, Calif., biotechnology company says the flakes are barely visible in most cases, and they have fielded no complaints or reports about problems that can be directly tied to them. Patients experiencing problems should contact their doctor.