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  • Iraqi Vote Results In Doubt After Disqualifications
    A controversial committee has announced that six winning candidates in Iraq's March 7 election are connected to the former regime of Saddam Hussein and must be disqualified. Critics say it's no coincidence that disqualifying them will erase the lead of secular Ayad Allawi and his alliance of Sunnis and Shiites.
  • Army Preps For Next Afghan Target: Kandahar
    The Afghan village is fake, but the scenarios and tension are real as U.S. soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division train in the Louisiana pine forests. They will head to Afghanistan soon for one of the war's most challenging operations: taking Kandahar, home of the Taliban.
  • From 'Son Of Hamas' To Agent Of Shin Bet
    Mosab Hassan Yousef's father helped found Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist organization. But Yousef chose a different path — working with the Israeli intelligence group Shin Bet.
  • Jazz Guitarist Herb Ellis Dies At 88
    The jazz world has lost one of its most influential guitarists. Herb Ellis died Sunday at the age of 88. Known for his nimble improvisations and bluesy playing, Ellis was the heartbeat of pianist Oscar Peterson's trio.
  • A Bumpy Test Ride With Google's Bike Map
    Many drivers rely on Google Maps to give them good driving directions. Bicyclists who've been asking Google to map out the best biking route to a destination recently got their wish, too. Using the service, two test riders recently met some unmapped obstacles.
  • Los Angeles Schools To Shorten School Year
    The Los Angeles school district has decided to save $140 million by furloughing teachers this year and next year. Officials also voted to shorten the school year by one week. The deal, which still needs to be ratified by the teachers' union, will save approximately 2,000 jobs.
  • Teacher Portrayed in 'Stand And Deliver' Dies
    The Bolivian-born math teacher who surprised the education establishment by teaching students in a tough Los Angeles high school to master calculus and other higher math courses has died. Jaime Escalante was 79. His inspiring story gained fame in the 1988 film Stand and Deliver but in later years he struggled to duplicate his earlier successes.
  • Obama To Reverse Offshore Drilling Ban
    President Barack Obama is reversing a long-standing ban on most offshore drilling. He's allowing oil drilling 50 miles off Virginia's shorelines. At the same time, he is rejecting some new drilling sites that had been planned in Alaska.
  • No Joke: Housing Market Is On Its Own April 1
    A Federal Reserve program designed to help the mortgage market ends Wednesday. Following the 2008 financial crisis, the Fed plunged into the mortgage-backed securities market. Its goal was to help get credit flowing and hold down interest rates. Starting April 1, that market will be expected to stand on its own again. Would-be home buyers are hoping the change won't nudge interest rates higher.
  • Mortgage Brokers Required To Pass National Test
    To clean-up the mortgage industry, the federal government now requires every mortgage broker to take a test on basic skills and concepts of home lending. It's a requirement whether they've been lending six months or 30 years. Many states, like Oregon, already had such requirements.

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