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  • Published
    July 23, 2010

    New federal rules add referee for disputed insurance claims

    If a consumer's initial appeal is denied, an independent reviewer can issue a binding decision.

  • Published
    July 23, 2010

    Tropical fungus found in the U.S., blamed for 15 deaths

    ATLANTA – A fungus usually found in the tropics has taken root in the Pacific Northwest and is blamed in the deaths of 15 people over the last six years, health officials said Thursday. At least 60 people have been sickened in four states by the fungus, cryptococcus gattii, which grows on or around trees. […]

  • Published
    July 22, 2010

    ‘Black box’ inventor dies in Australia

    David Warren came up with the idea in 1953 after the crash of the first commercial jet airliner.

  • Published
    July 22, 2010

    Zimbabwean opposition leader dies

    JOHANNESBURG – A veterans’ group says the last white commander of forces that opposed the guerrilla armies that swept Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to power has died. Group spokesman Bill Wiggill said Wednesday that Lt. Gen. Peter Walls died Tuesday in South Africa. Walls was 83. A veteran of British military campaigns in colonial-era Somalia […]

  • Published
    July 22, 2010
    Margaret Marshall

    Chief justice’s retirement gives governor new sway

    Gov. Deval Patrick, who faces re-election this fall, can leave a lasting legacy with his court choice.

  • Published
    July 22, 2010

    Attorney firing political, not criminal

    WASHINGTON – Actions by the Justice Department during the Bush administration were inappropriately political, but not criminal, when a U.S. attorney was fired in 2006, prosecutors said Wednesday in closing a two-year investigation without filing charges. Investigators looked into whether the Bush administration improperly dismissed nine U.S. attorneys, in particular New Mexico U.S. Attorney David […]

  • Published
    July 22, 2010
    Franz Kafka

    Unpublished Kafka writings emerge at trial

    The various literary works should be highly valuable, but won't be made public until an Israeli court agrees.

  • Published
    July 22, 2010

    Bill to restore jobless benefits heads for final approval

    WASHINGTON – State unemployment agencies are gearing up to resume sending payments to millions of people as Congress moves to ship President Obama a measure to restore lapsed benefits. After months of increasingly bitter stalemate, the Senate passed the measure Wednesday by a 59-39 vote. Obama is poised to sign the measure into law after […]

  • Published
    July 22, 2010

    Chinese tackle oil spill with mats, ‘chopsticks’

    BEIJING – China’s largest reported oil spill emptied beaches along the Yellow Sea as its size doubled Wednesday, while cleanup efforts included straw mats and frazzled workers with little more than rubber gloves. An official warned the spill posed a “severe threat” to sea life and water quality as China’s latest environmental crisis spread off […]

  • Published
    July 22, 2010
    Tom Vilsack

    Fired USDA worker gets apology from the top

    She is offered a new job after the White House realizes the truth about her 'racist' remarks.

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