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04/03/2008 - 23:04

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Poll: Many doubt McCain, lobbyist story - Ohio, Texas could decide Democratic race - Congress plans slaughterhouse subpoena - Harvard tries women-only gym hours - Oregon holds health insurance lottery.

Poll: Many doubt McCain, lobbyist story
More people believe Sen. John McCain's denial of an improper relationship with a lobbyist than the original story that alleged it, according to a poll released Tuesday. Yet there are clear divisions along partisan lines, and significant numbers of people say it is unclear what happened, the National Annenberg Election Survey showed. Overall, about two-thirds said they had heard about last month's report in the New York Times, which said some McCain aides had become convinced that his relationship with the female lobbyist had become romantic. It also said he had helped advance the interests of some of her clients.

Ohio, Texas could decide Democratic race
Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton contested primaries in Ohio, Texas and two other states on Tuesday, the front-runner and his pursuer in a riveting race for the Democratic presidential nomination. John McCain reached out for the Republican delegates needed to secure his nomination after a decade's struggle. In all there were 370 Democratic delegates at stake in Rhode Island, Vermont, Ohio and Texas, which uses an unusual primary-caucus system. After 11 straight victories, Obama had the momentum and the lead in the delegate chase in The Associated Press count, 1,386-1,276.

Congress plans slaughterhouse subpoena
Members of Congress say they want answers from the owner of a Southern California slaughterhouse involved in last month's massive beef recall. Congressman John Dingell says members of a House oversight subcommittee will meet Wednesday to vote for a subpoena of Hallmark/Westland Meat Co. owner Steve Mendell. The Michigan Democrat says Mendell will be required to testify next week on Capitol Hill. Mendell was a no-show at a meeting of the subcommittee last week.

Harvard tries women-only gym hours
In a test of Harvard's famed open-mindedness, the university has banned men from one of its gyms for a few hours a week to accommodate Muslim women who say it offends their sense of modesty to exercise in front of the opposite sex. The policy is already unpopular with many on campus, including some women who consider it sexist. "I think that it's incorrect in a college setting to institute a policy in which half of the campus gets wronged or denied a resource that's supposed to be for everyone," said student Lucy Caldwell, who also wrote a column in The Harvard Crimson newspaper critical of the new hours.

Oregon holds health insurance lottery
Oregon is conducting a one-of-a-kind lottery, and the prize is health insurance. The state will start drawing names this week for the chance to enroll in a health care program designed for people not poor enough for Medicaid but too cash-strapped to buy their own insurance. More than 80,000 people have signed up since registration for the lottery opened in January. Only a few thousand will be chosen for the program.

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