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Congress sends Obama three-week spending bill

  Congress approved an additional $6 billion in spending cuts Thursday, passing legislation to keep the government running through April 8 and allow time for talks on a larger package of reductions demanded by Republicans. “The president is optimistic that Congress can get this done,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. The measure brought the total of cuts to $10 billion since Republicans took control of the House in January on a promise to rein in the federal government. It cleared the Senate on Thursday on 87-13 vote one day after passing the House. Administration officials
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No real radiation concerns on West Coast

Government experts are keeping a close eye on any radioactive particles that could travel from Japan to the West Coast, but insist there’s no threat to public health. “Radiation is one of those words that get everybody scared, like `plague,'” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles County. “But we’re 5,000 miles away.” Some computer models tracking the possible path of radioactive material from the stricken Japan nuclear reactors suggest it could cross the Pacific, swipe the Aleutian Islands and reach Southern California as early as Friday. Even if particles waft to the U.S. coast, the
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