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WORLD
August 27, 2009 | John M. Glionna
Veteran voters here have rarely witnessed a gloves-off election battle -- or political campaigning of any kind, for that matter. In this regional transportation hub of 350,000 residents, confident incumbents from the nation's ruling Liberal Democratic Party had only to list their names on the ballot to virtually guarantee a landslide victory. But all that has changed in this city 90 minutes north of Tokyo, the home district of four previous prime ministers. This year, former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda faces the political battle of his life to win reelection to the lower house of the Diet, Japan's parliament.
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NATIONAL
August 12, 2009 | Judith Graham and Janet Hook
Far from the hue and cry over healthcare legislation that is erupting at town halls across the country, many senior citizens are quietly confused about what an overhaul might mean for them. And the opinions they form in the coming weeks may well prove crucial. Seniors are an influential group of voters who bring a unique perspective to the topic: They already have guaranteed healthcare under Medicare, and they also are the heaviest users of medical services. On a recent afternoon, a group of people in their 80s and 90s at a Denver retirement complex voiced some of the same questions about healthcare that are circulating in living rooms and senior centers throughout the country.
SPORTS
June 28, 2009 | SAM FARMER
Not only is Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs planning to sit out of training camp, but he also has an enormous spare tire. The good news for the Ravens? The spare tire isn't around Suggs' waistline but instead came from a tractor. Suggs, the team's franchise player for the second consecutive season, has yet to sign his tender. He isn't allowing himself to get out of shape, though.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2009 | Janet Hook and Peter Nicholas
As President Obama presents his first budget today, the most daunting goal he has set may not be the ambitious proposals for economic recovery, healthcare reform or revamping the nation's energy policy. Big as those challenges are, they may be child's play compared with his promise to slash the federal budget deficit in half by the end of his first term. Two problems already are apparent if Obama is to cut the $1.3-trillion deficit to $533 billion.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2008 | THE WASHINGTON POST
The House will convene next week to vote on a plan to provide emergency cash to the nation's battered automobile industry, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said Tuesday, but a federal bailout for Detroit faces an uphill battle in the Senate and an uncertain fate at the White House.
NATIONAL
September 2, 2007 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
The good news: After a winter of multiple blizzards created hardships for residents and killed thousands of livestock in Eastern Colorado, the region is experiencing a record wheat harvest with high market value. The bad news: There's no way to get it all to market. "It's the right kind of problem to have," said state Agriculture Commissioner John R. Stulp, a farmer himself with excess wheat sitting in bins on his property.
OPINION
March 19, 2007
Re "80 is the new 65," Opinion, March 13 During the first half of the 20th century, most workers who retired at age 65 had a life expectancy of less than five years. Those who qualified for retirement benefits in advanced countries imposed little cost on government or business. Since 1950, average life expectancy not only rose 10 years from 68 to 78 years, but more significantly, a revolution of rising expectations transformed the concept of retirement from a brief hiatus between work and death to a prolonged consumerist experience of fulfilling travel, leisure, entertainment and recreation.
NEWS
November 26, 2006 | Erika Niedowski, Baltimore Sun
Viktor Pokhmelkin has what can seem like a radical idea in Russia: He believes everyone should be treated equally before the law. To that end, the independent lawmaker in the parliament is seeking to rid the nation of one of the most widely despised symbols of Russia's government and business elite: a blue light and siren atop vehicles that effectively make road rules optional.
NATIONAL
July 11, 2006 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
After nearly a decade of trying, Congress appears ready to deal with Internet gambling, a phenomenon that has grown dramatically in recent years as millions of people from college students to retirees log on to play poker or wager on sporting events. The House is set to vote today on a measure -- part of the Republican leadership's election-year "values" agenda -- designed to choke off the flow of U.S.
OPINION
June 20, 2006
Re "Mazanar redux?" Opinion, June 1 David Cole really struck a chord with me. I am a Latino male married to a Japanese American lady. I don't need a house to fall on me to know about the evils of discrimination, especially nowadays. As history has shown, even the United States Supreme Court can get it wrong. The fight to preserve what's left of our Constitution and Bill of Rights is going to be an uphill battle, what with the constant chipping away at the very reason for its creation.
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