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Senate easily passes security reform bill
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to restructure the nation's intelligence agencies, sending the landmark legislation to the president's desk where it is slated to become law.

Three-judge panel mulls reporters' source case
WASHINGTON — A three-judge panel appeared hesitant Wednesday to grant journalists full immunity from revealing the identities of unnamed sources, but also questioned under what circumstances the government can require them to divulge information given to them in confidence.

Scripps officials find spurned alternate site enticing
As their helicopter landed, Scripps' chairman, president and three other top officials took in the landscape.

$117.5 million reservoir deal with Texas firm OK'd
Water managers agreed Wednesday to spend $117.5 million they don't have for land that a Texas company doesn't yet own.

More homes targeted in Maryland arsons
WASHINGTON — Fire investigators said Wednesday that the arsonists who set fire to more than a dozen unoccupied houses in Charles County, Md., on Monday tried to torch 11 other houses in the subdivision.

Lawmakers' pre-K proposal falls short of educators' wishes
TALLAHASSEE — Despite hours of pleas from early childhood educators for a four-hour school day and a 10-to-1 student-teacher ratio, legislative leaders Wednesday unveiled a pre-kindergarten proposal that has neither.

More homes targeted in Maryland arsons
WASHINGTON — Fire investigators said Wednesday that the arsonists who set fire to more than a dozen unoccupied houses in Charles County, Md., on Monday tried to torch 11 other houses in the subdivision.

High court hears beef over ad fee
WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday considered whether the free-speech rights of cattle ranchers are violated by a federal law requiring them to help finance a government-sponsored national ad campaign touting beef.

Pre-K classes might hold 18
Despite hours of pleas from early childhood educators for a four-hour school day and a 10-to-1 student-teacher ratio, legislative leaders Wednesday unveiled a pre-kindergarten proposal that has neither.

Democrats must 'punch' selves off ropes, Dean says
WASHINGTON — Former presidential candidate Howard Dean said Wednesday that Democrats have to "punch ourselves off the ropes" and compete against Republicans in the South after losing the past two elections to President Bush and the GOP.

Panel questions hubble mission
WASHINGTON — A leading panel of experts handed NASA's leadership a sharp reproof Wednesday, concluding that the space shuttle should be used to service the Hubble Space Telescope and can do the job without posing unacceptable risks to shuttle astronauts.


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