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Leading Democrat blasts Supreme Court nominee


A crowd hoping to get a cheap iBook stampedes through the gate Tuesday in Richmond, Va.
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A crowd hoping to get a cheap iBook stampedes through the gate Tuesday in Richmond, Va. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
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Washington Sen. Patrick Leahy, who will lead the Democratic questioning at John Roberts’ confirmation hearings, criticized the Supreme Court nominee Tuesday as an “eager, aggressive advocate” for policies of the Republican far right wing.

One day after the release of 5,000 pages of Reagan-era records, the Vermont Democrat said in a statement that Roberts’ views were “among the most radical being offered by a cadre intent on reversing decades of policies on civil rights, voting rights, women’s rights, privacy and access to justice.”

17 hurt in cheap iBook sale

Richmond, Va. Screams filled the air and police called for backup as people were trampled, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. A child’s stroller was crushed. A woman urinated on herself.

All in the name of getting a bargain.

The stampede erupted Tuesday when thousands showed up at the Richmond International Raceway to purchase $50 used iBooks. The Henrico County school system was selling 1,000 of the four-year-old Apple laptops to county residents. New iBooks cost between $999 and $1,299.

Seventeen people suffered minor injuries, with four requiring hospital treatment.

No rest for the retirement-aged

New York Nearly 7 in 10 workers plan to stay on the job past retirement age – including a growing number who say the decision will be driven by financial need, a new survey finds.

The nationwide poll released today, by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, taps into increasing concerns among many workers – particularly Baby Boomers – about the need to supplement their income once they leave their primary job.

About 18 percent of all the workers surveyed – and 28 percent of boomers – said they plan to work part time in retirement because of a need for money. The number indicating they plan to work part time to satisfy personal interests or for fun dropped sharply from 42 percent to 27 percent.

3-generation households on rise

Washington Households with at least three generations living together grew more than 38 percent during the 1990s but still account for a small slice of American life, according to a U.S. Census report released Tuesday.

In the 2000 Census, multigenerational households, such as extended families with kids, parents and grandparents, totaled 4.2 million homes. The report analyzes changes in U.S. households between 1990 and 2000.

Heart attack help often lags

New York In a heart attack, doctors say, lost time means lost heart muscle. Yet fewer than half of all heart attack patients are treated promptly enough to meet current guidelines for minimizing damage, doctors report today.

The worst time to have a heart attack is after business hours or on weekends, the study shows. Researchers based their analysis on information from 100,000 heart attacks logged into the National Registry of Myocardial Infarction from 1999 to 2004.

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