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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

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  • Clinton Calls for More Aid for Struggling Homeowners
    Housing prices remain in a slump as the subprime mortgage crisis continues to stifle the economy. Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has endorsed a plan that encourages restructuring of home loans in danger of default, but now she's calling for a more aggressive plan wherein the government would step in to buy at-risk mortgages.
  • Fed's Moves Make Markets 'A Little Happier'
    The Federal Reserve last week made drastic moves to try to rebuild confidence in the troubled U.S. financial system. David Wessel of the Wall Street Journal says the stock market was "a little happier" after the Fed's actions. But, he says, "It's not good news yet; it's just an absence of bad news."
  • High Court Hears Cases of U.S. Citizens Held in Iraq
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday hears arguments on whether American citizens held by U.S. forces in Iraq may be turned over to Iraqi courts without recourse in U.S. courts. Two Americans are being held by the military in Iraq. They are accused of aiding terrorists.
  • Alabama Touts Path to Appalachian Trail in Georgia
    If tourism officials in Alabama had their way, the southern end of the Maine-to Georgia Appalachian Trail would be in their state. Their hopes are bound up in a natural path that connects the famous trail where it now officially ends in Georgia to the Appalachian Mountains in Alabama.
  • Obama Still Stumps on 2002 Anti-War Declaration
    In 2002, when Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) was a state senator, he spoke at a rally protesting the impending Iraq war. Though it drew little fanfare then, his speech has become a campaign cornerstone.
  • VA Chaplain Grapples with the Toll of War
    The Iraq war has reportedly claimed at least 4,000 U.S. lives. Commentator Thomas Phillips knows firsthand about that number. The Veterans Affairs chaplain is notified whenever a member of the U.S. armed forces is killed. He wishes for the day when notifications naming the dead will stop appearing on his computer screen.
  • FCC Is Last Hurdle for Sirius-XM Merger
    The merger between XM and Sirius Satellite Radio is now in the hands of the Federal Communications Commission. That's the last hurdle now that the Justice Department approved the $5 billion deal Monday.
  • Ex-Countrywide Chief Forms Mortgage Buyout Firm
    The former head of troubled mortgage lender Countrywide hopes to cash in on the mortgage crisis with a new venture. Stanford Kurland is heading up a company called PennyMac, which buys and restructures distressed mortgages.
  • Popeyes Chicken Founder Al Copeland Dies
    Al Copeland, the founder of Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits, has died. He was 64 years old. In his native New Orleans, he was known as much for his flamboyant lifestyle as for his chain's spicy chicken.
  • Welsh Man Wins Lottery, Keeps Job at McDonald's
    At a McDonald's restaurant in Wales, a young burger flipper quit his job after winning $2.5 million in the lottery. The 25-year-old married his girlfriend in a lavish wedding ceremony and bought an expensive home. But he missed his friends at work and, a year-and-a-half later, went back to flipping burgers for $10 an hour.

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