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01/02/2009 - 19:56

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Three die as car crashes into house - Strikes 'to spread' in workers row - Rule changes may see peers expelled.



UK & USA Today Editoweb 1 february 2009
Three die as car crashes into house

A family home had to be demolished after a car ploughed into the property, killing the driver and two passengers.

Strikes 'to spread' in workers row

Wildcat strikes are expected to spread in an escalation of the row over foreign labour ahead of frantic moves to try to resolve the increasingly bitter dispute.

Rule changes may see peers expelled

A major overhaul of parliamentary sleaze rules could see MPs banned from earning extra cash and peers kicked out for serious misbehaviour.

Angry Clashes At Chinese Embassy

Pro-Tibetan protesters have clashed with police outside the Chinese embassy in London.

Rates to be slashed to all-time low

Interest rates are set to edge closer to zero this week but economists predict the Bank of England could soon resort to more unorthodox measures to kick-start the economy.

AP Investigation: Banks sought foreign workers

Major U.S. banks sought government permission to bring thousands of foreign workers into the country for high-paying jobs even as the system was melting down last year and Americans were getting laid off, according to an Associated Press review of visa applications.

Senator: Appointment wouldn't affect Senate makeup

Republican Sen. Judd Gregg has told colleagues that if he becomes commerce secretary, his replacement would affiliate with the GOP, denying Democrats' total dominance, his party leader said Sunday.

GOP leaders say little Senate backing on stimulus

The Senate begins debate this week on its version of the stimulus bill and Republicans see little support from their side.

Senators question Daschle's late tax filing

Republican and Democratic senators on Sunday questioned how former Sen. Tom Daschle could make a $128,203 mistake on his taxes but said they were not prepared to oppose his nomination as health secretary.

Mrs. Obama's new roles as first lady, mom-in-chief

Michelle Obama's predecessors have carved out enough different roles as first lady that she is now free to fashion the job in a way that suits her. The first lady will take her time defining her new role, but already she's dropping clues.

Under Obama, `war on terror' catchphrase fading

The "War on Terror" is losing the war of words. The catchphrase burned into the American lexicon hours after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is fading away, slowly if not deliberately being replaced by a new administration bent on repairing the U.S. image among Muslim nations.

Senate won't change if Gregg leaves: McConnel

Democrats would not increase their margin of control in the Senate if New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg leaves to serve as commerce secretary, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday.

McConnell: Stimulus changes likely Politico

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that he doubts the stimulus package would pass the Senate in its current form, but he also appeared optimistic that Republicans could secure changes on the Senate floor.

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