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March 5, 2008



Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke called Tuesday for additional action to prevent home foreclosures. Speaking to a banking group in Orlando, Fla., he said that mortgage and other financial companies could provide relief to struggling homeowners by reducing the amount of loans.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton's White House schedules as first lady are expected to be released later this month, a spokeswoman for the National Archives said Monday. A log of phone calls, however, could be delayed for one or two years. A conservative public-interest group has sought access to the records.

A White House ceremony to posthumously present the Medal of Honor to the first Sioux to ever receive it was an effort to correct a "terrible injustice," President Bush said Monday. Fellow soldiers recommended Army Master Sgt. Woodrow Wilson Keeble for his 1951 Korean War combat bravery, but his nomination encountered various hurdles, including lost paperwork on two occasions.

Researchers writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association said subjects in their study of the "placebo effect" indicated that a dummy painkiller worked far better if it reportedly cost more.

A 710-year-old copy of Magna Carta, which had been on loan to the National Archives until put up for auction in September, was reintroduced at the archives in Washington Monday by businessman David Rubenstein (above, r.). He says he bought the document, one of only four remaining copies and a forerunner of the Bill of Rights, for $21 million in order to keep it in the US.

A study of the teeth of a three-inch-long primate, whose 55-million-year-old remains were unearthed in Mississippi, indicate it trekked to North America via a now-vanished land bridge between Siberia and Alaska, according to research in the March issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The University of Connecticut's top-ranked women's basketball team raised its record to 29-1 and defeated the only team to mar its record Monday with a 66-46 victory over Rutgers in Hartford, Conn. The win clinched A near sellout crowd of 15,779 saw the Huskies clinch the regular-season Big East championship.

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