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Vietnam Vets Memorial creator found dead

A military expert who served three Republican presidents and helped get the Vietnam Veterans Memorial built as part of his dedication to those who fought in that war was found dead in a landfill, and authorities are trying to piece together when he was last seen alive. The body of John Wheeler III, 66, was uncovered Friday when a garbage truck emptied its contents at the Cherry Island landfill in Wilmington. The truck had collected the trash from about 10 commercial disposal bins in Newark, several miles from Wheeler’s home in the historic district of New Castle, but police said
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Republicans plan to move quickly on healh care repeal

Republicans in the House of Representatives plan to hold a vote in January to repeal President Barack Obama‘s healthcare overhaul and say they have nearly enough support to override a presidential veto of the repeal, a top lawmaker said on Sunday. “Unpopularity numbers are as high as 60 percent across the country,” Fred Upton, the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said of the healthcare law. “I don’t think we’re going to be that far off from having the votes to actually override a veto,” Upton said on “Fox News Sunday.” Democrats contend Republicans are wasting Congress’
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Quesion of the day: What killed all the birds?

At some point, someone in Beebe, Arkansas, had to look around at all the carcases laying on the ground and ask: “Where he hell did all these dead birds come from?” Thousands — and we do mean thousands — red-winged blackbirds fell dead from the sky over this central Arkansas town. It took up to 15 city workers cleaning from Friday to Sunday to pick up the last of he dead birds that fell over a one miles area of Beebe and the U.S. Environmental Services said no other dead birds have been found. Mike Robertson, Beebe’s mayor, says the
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Boehner plans takeover amid phony austerity

Here in the days of high unemployment and a lagging economy, Republicans promise a low-key kickoff to the their takeover of control of the House of Representatives this week — a sharp contrast to the fancy celebrations of four years ago when Nancy Pelosi and he Democrats swept into power. But the low-key show is mostly that — show.  The whole affair, while appearing austere, will appear more of a budget affair than expensive celebration. “It will be expensive and the lobbyists, as usual, will be picking up the tab,” one GOP insider tells Capitol Hill Blue. “It’s all about
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Screwing the boss apparently wasn’t all that great

Former Playboy playmate and Hugh Hefner plaything Izabella St. James isn’t too kind when it comes to talking about belly bumping with the legendary founder of Playboy Magazine. Besides saying that Hef lets his dogs poop in the Los Angeles mansion because they are not house trained and keeps his playmate girlfriends on a $1,000 a week “allowance,” St. James says this about sex with the man from Playboy: I wanted to see if this experienced King of Sexdom knew anything the rest of us did not. But he just lay there like a dead fish. We often wondered why
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Sports stars’ problems shape kids’ skepticism of marriage

Children are growing up thinking that marriages are not meant to last because so many football and pop stars have high profile affairs and bust-ups, an expert warned on Wednesday. Alleged infidelities by England internationals like Wayne Rooney, John Terry and Ashley Cole all hit the headlines in 2010 and received acres of prominent coverage in newspapers. Reg Bailey, who is leading a government review of the sexualisation of childhood, is expected to consider the issue in a report he is preparing for the Department for Education. Bailey, chief executive of the Mothers’ Union charity, told the Daily Telegraph newspaper
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A humble soldier adjusts to fame

It was years in the making, so Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta had time to talk with his wife about the “what if” question. He’d been recommended for the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration. If chosen, his name would be in headlines. His face in the spotlight. He’d be a celebrity. And again and again, he’d have to tell strangers the harrowing story of a deadly ambush in Afghanistan. “He was worried,” says Giunta’s wife, Jenny. “He didn’t know how he was going able to talk to people about it. He couldn’t even talk to me. He didn’t
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Deadly tornadoes claim 7th victim

Shaken residents spent New Year’s Day sifting through the wreckage wrought by tornadoes that touched down in several states on the last day of 2010, killing seven people and injuring dozens of others. Six people — three in Missouri and three in Arkansas — died Friday as tornadoes fueled by unusually warm air pummeled the South and Midwest. A seventh person who was injured Friday in Missouri died Saturday, said Bruce Southard, the chief of the Rolla Rural Fire Department. The woman, identified by Phelps County Emergency Management as 74-year-old Ethel Price, was entertaining a friend, Alice Cox, 69, of
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The GOP agenda: Lots of turmoil, little hope for progress

The Republican agenda for the new Congress that convenes Wednesday may have a greater impact on the 2012 elections than on the lives of Americans in the next two years. Republicans promise to cut spending, roll back President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul and prevent unelected bureaucrats from expanding the government’s role in society through regulations that tell people what they must or can’t do. Getting this agenda through the House may be easier than in the Senate, given the GOP‘s 241-194 majority in the House. Getting the Senate to act will be a challenge. Democrats still hold an edge
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Rock legend Chuck Berry stricken before Chicago show

Rock-and-roll legend Chuck Berry felt ill and was checked out by ambulance medics before a show Saturday night, a Chicago fire official said. An audience member at the show, however, said Berry slumped over during the show and was offstage for at least 20 minutes. Fire Department spokesman Joe Roccasalva said Berry felt better and signed a release after being checked out. Roccasalva said the confusion arose because emergency personnel later responded to a patron at the show who was unwell. Berry, 84, is known for his classic songs including “Maybelline,” “Johnny B. Goode,” and “Roll Over Beethoven.” His agent
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