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Just say ‘no’ to bank robbery

A would-be thief’s attempt to rob a suburban New York bank was thwarted when the teller refused his demand for money. Police said the man remained at large after the attempted robbery on Wednesday in New Rochelle, about 25 miles (40 km) north of New York City. “He slipped a note through the teller’s slot that said ‘money in bag,'” said police Captain Joseph Schaller said. “She refused and with that, she activated the alarm, turned away from the window and he ran out the door.” The bank closed briefly but soon reopened for business, police said.
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Hundreds dead as massive quake, tsunami hits Japan

A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control. Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii and warnings blanketed the Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast. Police said 200 to 300 bodies were found in the northeastern coastal city of Sendai. Another 88 were confirmed killed and at least 349 were missing. The death toll was likely to continue climbing given the scale of the
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Next stopgap spending bill cuts $6 billion

House Republicans are preparing another stopgap-spending bill that would cut $6 billion from current levels and keep the government running for three more weeks, Representative Steven LaTourette said on Thursday. The stopgap-spending bill would buy lawmakers more time after existing funding authority expires on March 18 to agree on final spending levels for the 2011 fiscal year, which ends September 30. The Senate would have to approve it as well before it could be sent to President Obama to sign into law. “I hear it’s three weeks, I hear it’s $6 billion,” LaTourette, a member of the House of Representatives
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Ryan says GOP ready to cut Medicare, Social Security

Republicans in charge of the House are facing two unappealing options on the budget. One is to lead with their chins and offer politically toxic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and, perhaps, Social Security. Or, they could play it safe — but then endorse trillion-dollar deficits that would enrage their tea party backers. Rep. Paul Ryan, the party’s point man on the budget, is gearing up for a fight on the former, betting that American voters won’t rebel this spring when he offers up controversial cost curbs on those popular benefit programs. Even those tough proposals wouldn’t balance the budget anytime
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Rep. Peter King opens his anti-Muslim sideshow

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is pressing forward with his public examination of Muslim extremism in America, pointing to his first, tense hearing on the subject as a step toward desensitizing a taboo topic and rooting out terrorists on U.S. soil. “There’s an elephant in the room and nobody wants to talk about it. We talked about it today,” King said after the four-hour, emotion-filled session Thursday. Just holding the conversation, he said, advanced the fight against al-Qaida’s efforts to recruit one-man terrorist cells from within American Muslim communities and to suppress any effort to report those
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At least 32 dead in huge Japan quake

A powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan‘s recorded history slammed the eastern coast Friday, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people as widespread fires burned out of control. Tsunami warnings blanketed the entire Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast. Authorities said at least 32 people were killed. The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake was followed by at least 19 aftershocks, most of them of more than magnitude 6.0. Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile (2,100-kilometer) stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far
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