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  • House GOP say shutdown irresponsible

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Friday urged Senate Democrats to accept $4 billion in cuts as a compromise to keep the government running for two weeks past a March 4 deadline.

    "A government shutdown is not an acceptable or responsible option for Republicans," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia said in a conference call where he and other Republicans promoted their plan for avoiding the first government shutdown since 1996.

  • 6 killed as Iraqis protest in 'Day of Rage'

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands marched on government buildings and clashed with security forces in cities across Iraq on Friday, in the largest and most violent anti-government protests here since political unrest began spreading in the Arab world several weeks ago.

  • Answers sought in deadly Houston day care fire

    HOUSTON (AP) — From the outside, only a hole hacked in the roof offers any sign that a home day care center had been filled with so much smoke from a kitchen fire that firefighters needed thermal imaging equipment to locate some of the victims. The fire killed three children and sent four others to hospitals.

  • Gadhafi militia open fire on Libya protesters

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Militias loyal to Moammar Gadhafi opened fire on protesters streaming out of mosques in the Libyan capital on Friday, demanding the regime's ouster, witnesses said, reporting at least four killed. Across rebellious cities in the east, tens of thousands held rallies in support of the first Tripoli protests in days.

  • Wis. Assembly passes bill taking away union rights

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly took the first significant action on their plan to strip collective bargaining rights from most public workers, abruptly passing the measure early Friday morning before sleep-deprived Democrats realized what was happening.

  • New Zealand quake toll rises to 113 dead

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A woman plucked from a building that collapsed in this week's earthquake went ahead with her planned wedding Friday — a bright spot in Christchurch as the death toll rose to 113 and relatives anguished over the missing.

    Emma Howard told local media she was determined not to let Tuesday's 6.3-magnitude quake derail her plans for the wedding, even after she spent more than five hours trapped in a tiny cavity between the collapsed floors of an office building that was completely destroyed.

  • 4 Amish children die when buggy flips in Ky. creek

    DUBLIN, Ky. (AP) — A horse-drawn buggy carrying an Amish family of nine who went to make a phone call toppled in a rain-swollen creek in rural Kentucky, killing four children who were swept away in the water, authorities said Friday.

    The group was traveling in a downpour in the dark Thursday about 8:30 p.m. CST when the buggy flipped during a severe storm. The buggy was crossing a creek that is normally a trickle, but often floods during heavy rains.

  • Crowds flock to see lift-off of Discovery--Video included

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Discovery, the world's most traveled spaceship, thundered into orbit for the final time Thursday, heading toward the International Space Station on a journey that marks the beginning of the end of the shuttle era.

  • Win 10 Arbor Day trees

    Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March and receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees.
    Dogwoods have showy spring flowers, scarlet autumn foliage and red berries, which attract songbirds all winter long.
    The nonprofit foundation is providing the trees for its “Trees for America” campaign. Join online for $10  at www.arborday.org/March.

  • Workers' Compensation Director Fuller confirmed

    ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Senate has confirmed Gov. Susana Martinez’s nominee Ned S. Fuller as director of the Workers’ Compensation Administration.  
    Having assumed his duties as director designee on Jan. 24, Fuller was unanimously confirmed by the senate Wednesday.