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03/03/2008 - 23:30

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Clinton to press ahead after primaries - Obama camp savages Clinton attacks before key votes - AP: 13,000 abuse claims in juvie centers - Automakers suffer February double whammy - American Idol' brings back charity show.

Clinton to press ahead after primaries
Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton suggested Monday she'll press on with the campaign after Tuesday's crucial primaries, arguing that momentum is on her side despite 11 straight losses to rival Sen. Barack Obama. "I'm just getting warmed up," Clinton told reporters, looking ahead to a busy day of campaign events in Ohio and Texas where polls show a close race ahead of Tuesday's primaries.

Obama camp savages Clinton attacks before key votes
Barack Obama's camp accused Hillary Clinton of stooping to raw political smears Monday, on the eve of vital votes in Texas and Ohio that he hopes will extinguish her White House hopes. But the former first lady shook off rising pressure from Obama for her to quit the race if he keeps up his momentum in Tuesday's nominating contests, saying she was only just getting "warmed up."

AP: 13,000 abuse claims in juvie centers
The Columbia Training School — pleasant on the outside, austere on the inside — has been home to 37 of the most troubled young women in Mississippi. If some of those girls and their advocates are to be believed, it is also a cruel and frightening place.
The school has been sued twice in the past four years. One suit brought by the U.S. Justice Department, which the state settled in 2005, claimed detainees were thrown naked in to cells and forced to eat their own vomit. The second one, brought by eight girls last year, said they were subjected to "horrendous physical and sexual abuse."

Automakers suffer February double whammy
Automakers got hit where it hurts in February, with U.S. sales of their most profitable vehicles — trucks, sport utilities and large sedans — plunging as consumers reacted to high gas prices and the possible recession. General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. announced second-quarter production cuts in the face of the falling sales.
GM reported a sales decline of almost 13 percent for the month while Ford's sales slumped 7 percent, Chrysler's tumbled 8 percent and Toyota's fell 3 percent.

American Idol' brings back charity show
The second "American Idol" charity event is set for April 9, with a lineup that includes Bono, Brad Pitt, Miley Cyrus, Fergie, Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood. Last year's "Idol Gives Back" show raised $76 million to benefit underprivileged children.
The Fox network announced the date Monday. Football stars Peyton and Eli Manning are also scheduled, along with John Legend, Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox, Reese Witherspoon and Snoop Dogg. Fox said more names will be added in the coming weeks.

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