Meteor strikes on lobbyists' minds

By Dave Levinthal

Special interests have prodded U.S. government to fund tracking of killer space rocks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earth":

"… Calif., that would "establish an Office of Potentially Hazardous Near-Earth Object Preparedness" and "prepare the United States for readiness to avoid …"

"… diness to avoid and to mitigate collisions with potentially hazardous near-Earth objects in collaboration with other agencies through the identification of …"

"… SA to continue efforts to "detect, track, catalogue, and characterize near-Earth asteroids and comets in order to provide warning and mitigation of the pot …"

"… der to provide warning and mitigation of the potential hazard of such near-Earth objects to the Earth," Senate records show. The bill also "expresses the …"

Separated by law: Families torn apart by 1996 immigration measure

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Immigration measure has split husbands from wives, children from parents.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Durham":

"… spouse,” Anita said. She grew up in Graham, North Carolina, not far from Durham, and most of her close-knit family still lives there. Since Jorge’s bar …"

A dizzying series of legal twists and turns

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Immigrant spouses struggling to understand changing laws, partisan politics

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dana Rohrabacher":

"… omment, including Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and California Republican Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, Brian Bilbray and Elton Gallegly.A notice of intent to adopt the new Obam …"

Tea Party founder, Texans among those asking for stimulus funds

By Julie Vorman

The founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, is among scores of Republicans and conservative Democrats who cr

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ray LaHood":

"… ny jobs — quietly wrote at least six letters to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to seek stimulus funding for Minnesota projects. In one letter, she sought …"

Family trips

By Marina Walker Guevara

House rules on travel companions were skirted — then loosened

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fred Wertheimer":

"… tial for abuses in having private sponsors pay for family vacations," said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, a watchdog organization in Washington.In 2001, …"