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February 28th, 2008
06:28 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Good Morning Folks!!! There are lots of headlines to plow through this morning. SO grab your coffee and lets just get to it...

Top Stories
8 shot at L.A. bus stop...
Five children and three adults were shot Wednesday afternoon by a gunman who opened fire at a busy South Los Angeles bus stop minutes after classes were dismissed at a nearby school.

House approves new taxes on big oil companies...
The House approved $18 billion in new taxes on the largest oil companies Wednesday as Democrats cited record oil prices and rising gasoline costs in a time of economic troubles.

Justices take on oil spill battle...
The Exxon Valdez oil spill, which caused a 3,000-square-mile oil slick and still affects Alaska’s fisheries after nearly 19 years, was a “tragedy,” Exxon’s lawyer told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Virtual fence constructions is delayed...
The Bush administration has scaled back plans to quickly build a "virtual fence" along the U.S.-Mexico border, delaying completion of the first phase of the project by at least three years and shifting away from a network of tower-mounted sensors and surveillance gear, federal officials said yesterday.

Sunni forces losing patience...
U.S.-backed Sunni volunteer forces, which have played a vital role in reducing violence in Iraq, are increasingly frustrated with the American military and the Iraqi government over what they see as a lack of recognition of their growing political clout and insufficient U.S. support.

Taliban killed in clashes...
A militant ambush of an opium poppy eradication force sparked clashes that killed 25 Taliban fighters and a policeman, a provincial authority said Thursday. Four other militants died when a bomb went off.

Lawmakers to push for apology for slavery...
Five states did something over the past 12 months that no state had done before: expressed regret or apologized for slavery

Raw Politics
Bloomberg ops out...
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has publicly flirted with the idea of a run for the White House as an independent, says he will not run for president

Questions arise about McCain's birthplace...
The question has nagged at the parents of Americans born outside the continental United States for generations: Dare their children aspire to grow up and become president? In the case of Senator John McCain of Arizona, the issue is becoming more than a matter of parental daydreaming.

Presidential challenges...
The next U.S. president will face a world fraught with far more foreign policy challenges than President Bush did when he took office.

Obama v. McCain...
Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama engaged in a pointed exchange over al Qaeda in Iraq on Wednesday.

Race is NOW a factor...
When John McCain apologized to Barack Obama this week for the comments of his warm-up act at a rally, it was not the first time–and probably won't be the last–that the most competitive black presidential candidate in U.S. history has heard the words, "I'm sorry."

Longtime Clinton aide returns to the fray...
Harold Ickes may be Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's last hope for winning the Democratic presidential nomination.

Crime & Punishment
Ex-cop gets life...
Jurors spared the life of a former Canton, Ohio, police officer who killed his pregnant girlfriend and tearfully asked them for mercy. A judge then sentenced him Wednesday to 57 years to life in prison.

Keeping Them Honest
Mine poses danger...
In a snowswept trailer park, Emily Medina wakes each morning wondering whether she will be washed away by toxic water that local officials fear could burst from a decaying mine tunnel near her home.

Thousands warned of clinic's dirty syringes...
Thousands of patients may have been exposed to the hepatitis C virus because of an inappropriate medical practice at an outpatient clinic here over the past four years, state health officials said Wednesday

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
LAPD considers Spears probe...
Los Angeles police say they are looking into allegations that someone drugged Britney Spears but have not decided whether to open a formal investigation.

Spanking study...
Children whose parents spank them or otherwise inflict physical punishment may be more likely to have sexual problems later, according to research to be presented today to the American Psychological Association.

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