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February 8th, 2008
07:07 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning Folks!!! TGIF!!! There is more drama on the campaign trail...Romney drops out...McCain appears to be the front runner, but one of the most prominent evangelicals, James Dobson, is expected to endorse Huckabee...NEVER a dull moment in this race for the White House, so check out Raw Politics...AND tomorrow is yet another primary day, so tune into CNN for all the latest coverage...Will tomorrow's votes finally break the Obama-Clinton dead heat?

In Top Stories there is new evidence in the Bhutto assassination and approval ratings for Bush and Congress are at all-time LOW...surprise..surpise!!! AND there appears to be a new report suggesting Iran is producing nuclear fuel... PLUS, how far would you swim for food? Well, researchers are tracking one turtle who is traveling from Indonesia to Oregon...Now that is one hungry turtle!! SOOO grab your coffee and take a look at Friday's headlines....
 

Top Stories
Gunman storms city council meeting...
A gunman killed five people and wounded two at a police station and city council meeting in suburban St. Louis on Thursday night before officers shot and killed him, police said.

Congress approves stimulus package...
Congress gave overwhelming final approval last night to legislation that would send government payments to most American households and grant tax incentives for business investment, sending President Bush  a $152 billion stimulus plan for the faltering U.S. economy.

Refinery explosion...
Rescue crews were searching in the pre-dawn darkness Friday for six people who are unaccounted for after an explosion at a Georgia sugar refinery injured at least 42 people, authorities said.

Blast killed Bhutto...
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto died from a severe injury when a bomb blast slammed her head into her vehicle, investigators with Scotland Yard said in a report released Friday.

Bush approval all time low...
It's almost as if people can barely stand the thought of President Bush and Congress anymore. Bush reached his lowest approval rating in The Associated Press-Ipsos poll on Friday as only 30 percent said they like the job he is doing, including an all-time low in his support by Republicans. Congress' approval fell to just 22 percent, equaling its poorest grade in the survey. Both marks dropped by 4 percentage points since early January.

Raw Politics
Dobson to back Huckabee...
James Dobson, one of the nation's most prominent evangelical Christian leaders, is about to endorse former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, The Associated Press has learned.

McCain must win conservatives...
Sen. John McCain Thursday told a conservative-rich audience that he has what it takes to unite the Republican party.

The race for cash...
Raising money at a furious pace, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama kicked off the next phase of their neck-and-neck fight to secure the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday as several contests loom immediately ahead.

Why Romney dropped out...
With Mitt Romney's campaign for president nearly in tatters, he huddled with his senior advisers on Wednesday morning, jotting notes with pen and paper, to go over his options.

Advantage McCain...
Mitt Romney's decision to quit the Republican race is terrific news for John McCain. It removes the challenger with both the money and the message to hurt John McCain politically, even if he couldn't win the Republican nomination for himself. An expensively broadcast attack on Mr. McCain's conservative credentials is the last thing the Arizona senator needs right now

Anti-immigrant mayor to run for congress...
Mayor Lou Barletta — who has gained a national following with his get-tough approach to illegal immigration — is running for Congress.

Keeping Them Honest
Iran nucs....
Iran as reportedly begun to deploy a new generation of machinery to produce nuclear fuel, a development bound to intensify a debate in Washington about whether a recent National Intelligence Estimate accurately portrayed Tehran’s progress toward the ability to build a nuclear weapon.

$1 Billion funneled...
A former senior accountant at Oral Roberts University alleges that more than $1 billion annually was inappropriately funneled through the school.

Crime & Punishment
Mob arrest for 1976 killing...
For more than three decades, the shooting death of Albert Gelb remained a mystery. On March 11, 1976, Mr. Gelb–at that time, the city’s most-decorated uniformed court officer–was found behind the wheel of his car with four bullets shot into his chest and face. It was 1:35 in the morning, and the car was parked only a few hundreds yards from his house.

AC360 follow
Miracle baby...
Armed with nothing but a flashlight and finding no signs of life, firefighter David Harmon made one final search of tornado wreckage and made the discovery of a lifetime.

What YOU will be TALKING about TODAY
Former madam arrested...
Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss was arrested Thursday on charges of illegal possession of prescription drugs and driving under the influence, authorities said.

A very long swim...
A leatherback turtle has been tracked swimming from the coast of the Papua province in Indonesia  to Oregon, researchers said, in what may be the longest trip for marine vertebrae between breeding and feeding sites.


 

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