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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

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  • What Went Wrong with the Rebuilding of Iraq?
    After the U.S. invasion of Iraq, huge contracts were awarded to U.S. companies for numerous rebuilding projects. Four years later, a special inspector general has uncovered billions of dollars in waste, fraud and mismanagement.
  • Positive Outlook Aids New Orleans School Recovery
    Students and teachers at a New Orleans charter school damaged by Hurricane Katrina and, later, a tornado have pushed ahead by focusing on the positive.
  • Raid on Rep. Jefferson's Office Yields Legal Mess
    A 2006 FBI raid on the office of Rep. William Jefferson was the first of its kind. The case has since been tied up by legal wrangling over the FBI's authority in carrying out a search warrant. Tuesday, three federal appeals judges tried to untangle the legal morass.
  • Ex-Justice Official: Spy Plan Sparked Threats to Quit
    Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey tells the Senate Judiciary Committee about wrangling between the Justice Department and the White House over the implementation of a domestic surveillance program in 2004. He said that he and a number of high-ranking Justice Department officials threatened to resign over the dispute.
  • Reflections from the Rev. Falwell
    In a final sermon this past Sunday, the Rev. Jerry Falwell told churchgoers that he was at peace with death. His passing prompts a reflection on the conservative leader's life and career, in his own words.
  • Pentagon Cracks Down on Web Access, Blogs
    The Pentagon has begun restricting U.S. military personnel's access to networking sites such as MySpace and YouTube, and imposing stricter rules on military bloggers.
  • New Chrysler Execs Pledge to Keep Workers
    The leaders of the soon-to-be private Chrysler say they won't fire anymore workers — aside from the 13,000 layoffs already planned. But the real test comes this summer when Chrysler's new owners, Cerberus, will start contentious contract talks with the UAW.
  • GM Plant in New York Braces for Closing
    General Motors is shutting down another factory in a small town in northern New York. The area will lose nearly 500 jobs, dealing another blow to its battered rural economy.
  • New French President Plans to Change Work Week
    Nicholas Sarkozy, the newly elected president of France, campaigned against the country's 35-hour work week that has been in place since 2000. Now he says he won't abolish it but plans on making some changes.
  • U.S. Workers Toil at Healthiness
    Unlike the French, U.S. workers don't have to take a medical checkup every year to prove they're healthy enough to come to the office. But some U.S. doctors have come up with their own solution to the obesity crisis: the walking desk.

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