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One-fourth of people surveyed this month say the US is going in the right direction, according to an AP-Ipsos poll. It is the lowest level of satisfaction since the survey started in December 2003. The number of people who say the US is on the right track has fallen by half since that first poll.

Former President Jimmy Carter Saturday called the Bush administration "the worst in history," citing its policy of preemptive war and lack of Middle East peace talks. Mr. Carter also criticized its faith-based initiatives and its abandonment of nuclear-arms and environmental agreements. It is the ex-leader's "most forceful denunciation ... about an American president" yet, said biographer Douglas Brinkley.

More than 200 juvenile prisoners in Texas were released to their guardians this weekend, after a panel found that 226 sentences had been extended improperly, out of 1,027 cases reviewed. The agency that oversees the state's juvenile prison system is undergoing a series of reforms after allegations of sexual abuse by the staff of some of its 4,700 inmates and a possible cover-up by agency officials.

Military veterans are more than twice as likely to be in prison for sex crimes than are people without military experience, according to a report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics set for release Sunday. The agency noted that veterans are "less likely to be in prison in the first place" and didn't explain its findings.

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center vowed Friday to end its practice of "dumping" homeless patients, three months after an incident in which a man who is a paraplegic was found crawling on the street in a hospital gown. The hospital is under investigation for the February incident. Kaiser Permanente, the nation's largest HMO, announced similar reforms last week. Kaiser faces criminal charges for a dumping incident last November.

Tour de France winner Floyd Landis is scheduled for cross-examination Monday in the second week of his arbitration hearing on whether he used illegal drugs during the famous cycling race. He testified Saturday that "it wouldn't serve any purpose for me to cheat ... because I wouldn't be proud of it."

The 25-student graduating class of Greensburg High School, Kan., held a commencement ceremony Saturday under two tents at the town's golf course. About 1,500 friends and family attended the event. In early May, a tornado destroyed the small town.

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