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Republican presidential candidate John McCain has invited 10 couples to his Sedona, Ariz., ranch this weekend for what campaign staffers called a purely social engagement, but three guests have been mentioned by fellow Republicans as possible vice-presidential running mates: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, Democratic officials said advisers have begun a search for Barack Obama's running mate.
The $290 billion farm bill passed by Congress over President Bush's veto will have to be passed all over again due to a printing error discovered Wednesday. The version sent to the White House omitted a 34-page section of the bill. House members said they hoped to pass the entire bill again Thursday.
The US Department of Agriculture will do away with a national survey tracking pesticide use because of insufficient funding, officials said Wednesday. The Environmental Protection Agency uses the data to figure out how chemicals should be regulated and which pesticides pose the greatest health risk.
A three-judge federal appeals court in Seattle ruled Wednes-day that the military cannot automatically discharge people because they're gay. The decision, in effect, reinstated a lawsuit brought against the Air Force by Maj. Margaret Witt, a flight nurse who was suspended without pay in 2004 after the Air Force learned she'd been in a long-term relationship with a civilian woman.