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    Senate Passes Bill Extending Unemployment Benefits

    The U.S. Senate passed a $140 billion extension on unemployment benefits on March 9 by a vote of 66-34. The bill would also extend cuts for college tuition, help pay for the COBRA program, which...

    Ohio State Univ. Employee Kills over Evaluation

    An Ohio State University janitor allegedly gunned down two people, killing one, before taking his own life in an on-campus maintenance facility in the early morning hours of March 9. Police said Nathanial Brown, 51,...

    African American Man Held in Yemen

    A N.J. man is in custody in Yemen for allegedly killing a bodyguard and having ties to al-Qaeda, Newsone.com reported. Sharif Mobley, 26, is suspected of being a member in the same branch of al-Qaeda...

    Tiger Woods Hires Former Bush P.R. Chief For Comeback

    Tiger Woods has hired Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush, to help organize his comeback. According to the New York Post, Woods may return to golf at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in...

    U.S. Troops Withdraw from Haiti in Large Numbers

    American troops are leaving Haiti while the capital city, and much of the surrounding areas, still remains in ruins, according to The Associated Press. The United States’ withdrawal marks the end of Haiti’s most...

    Vick Protested at Ed Block Courage Awards

    Some of the more high-profile players of the National Football League visited Baltimore March 9 to be honored in the 32nd annual Ed Block Courage Awards Banquet at Martin’s West. For more than three decades,...

    U.S. Postal Service Considers Cutting Saturday Mail Delivery

    While Americans may be accustomed to Saturday mail delivery and being able to frequent post offices close to their homes, massive deficits could strip away these conveniences, The Associated Press reported. Postmaster General John E....

    Bank of America to Help Customers Avoid Overdraft Fees

    Bank of America announced this week its intentions to help customers avoid overdraft fees on debit card purchases. Starting this summer, the Charlotte, N.C.-based bank will only authorize single debit card transactions at the...

    Hometown Hero: Mo’Nique Goes for Gold at Oscars

    Dressed in a ruched royal blue gown with a delicate white gardenia adorning her upswept tresses, actress/comedienne Mo’Nique embodied old-school glamour at the 2010 Oscars. As she accepted her award for best supporting actress...

    Education Secretary to Enforce Civil Rights Laws

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced this week that his agency will increase enforcement of civil rights laws in colleges and schools, according to a press release. By doing so, Duncan allegedly hopes to show...

    Tourism Industry Climbs Despite Recession

    MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — The international tourism industry has been traveling full-speed ahead as one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world despite the fact that bank accounts have been going in...

    Officials Ask for More Transparent Health Insurance

    Amid a Congressional fight for health care reform, President Obama and Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, are asking for more transparency among the nation’s insurance providers. Sebelius met with...

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