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4:30pm

Wed October 5, 2011
It's All Politics

Millionaire Surtax A 'Desperate' Act To Conservatives, 'Sensible' To Liberals

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 4:57 pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unveils his surtax proposal flanked by Sens. Richard Durbin (l) and Charles Schumer, Oct. 5, 2011.

Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Senate Democrats haven't exactly been moving as one to embrace President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill.

The disagreement in their ranks arises partly from how the president proposes to pay for his plan, an approach seen by some senators as potentially making their already difficult path to re-election even more so.

The president envisions increasing taxes on couples who, after deductions, have at least $250,000 in taxable income.

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3:59pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Law

'Safety Zone' Bans Meetings Of Alleged Gang Members

Police allege Anthony Clemons is a member of the Bloods street gang. Clemons denies this by showing he has no gang tattoos.

Charles Lane WSHU

A controversial law enforcement technique called a gang injunction "safety zone" has been getting the attention of law enforcement in at least eight states. Essentially, it lists people police say are gang members and bans them from meeting or even speaking to each other inside a defined geographic area.

Police in Wyandanch, N.Y., are trying to convince a judge that curtailing rights normally protected under the Constitution can make their community safer.

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3:45pm

Wed October 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Currying Danger: Restaurant's Spice Contest Puts Two In Hospital

The curry contest that put several participants in the hospital in Scotland likely used a relative of these 'Dorset Naga' chillies, one of the hottest varieties of chilli in the world.

Oli Scarff Getty Images

A Scottish restaurant's competition to see who could eat the spiciest curry — and raise money for charity in the process — has ended in painful trips to the emergency room for at least two participants.

The Kismot restaurant of Edinburgh, which serves Indian and Bangladeshi food, challenged competitors to eat its hottest curry. At least 20 people answered the bell. But problems became evident almost as soon as participants began eating the curry.

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3:08pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Around the Nation

A Business Incubator Gives Funding And Jobs To Vets

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 3:08 am

Illumatek makes windshields that are engraved and lit with fiber optics so motorcycles are more visible on the road. Its founder worked with VETransfer, a nonprofit that connects veteran entrepreneurs with funding and business skills.

Courtesy of John Miller

As the U.S. winds down military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and troops come home, many are eager to start work in the civilian sector. But it's been tough: The federal government reports the unemployment rate for young veterans has hovered around 30 percent this year.

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2:56pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Penalties For 'Worst' Hospitals Could Hurt Minorities

Rating the best hospitals has become commonplace, with U.S. News & World Report, various research firms and lots of websites routinely issuing rankings.

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