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By Compiled from wire service reports by Ross Atkin / March 9, 2009



Looking to complete a team to deal with the faltering US economy, the White House named three nominees Sunday to fill senior jobs in the Treasury Department. Economist Alan Krueger, financial specialist Kim Wallace, and lawyer David Cohen, all of whom currently serve as counselors to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, will require Senate confirmation.

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The pace of arrests of illegal immigrants along the US-Mexican border is at its lowest level since 1975, the Los Angeles Times reports, pointing to enhanced enforcement and US economic woes as factors.

America's top military officer briefed the president Saturday on how Mexico could borrow from US tactics in fighting its increasingly violent war on drugs. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen considers modern technologies and intelligence sharing as key military capabilities for addressing the crisis.

Gray wolves have repopulated the Northern Rockies and western Great Lakes sufficiently enough to be taken off the federal endangered species list, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said late last week in upholding a US Fish and Wildlife Service decision. An estimated 5,600 wolves now live in these historic range areas. The Senate must approve whether the delisting. meets the letter and spirit of the law.

In a sign of the times, 700 applicants have applied for one janitorial job at Edison Junior High School near Canton in northeast Ohio. The position pays $15 to $16 an hour with benefits.

A persistent high pressure area is likely to sustain the drought over Texas and the southern Plains indefinitely, according to AccuWeather.com. The website expects spotty thunderstorms to offer only temporary relief from the dry conditions.

"I'm leaving America's team [for] North America's team," Terrell Owens, one of pro football's premier play makers, said Saturday after signing a one-year, $6.5 million deal to play with the Buffalo Bills. The Dallas Cowboys released him last week after three turbulent seasons.

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