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Paperwork snag freed rape suspect in Spokane

When federal agents arrived at the Truth Ministries homeless shelter last week, Director Marty McKinney was surprised to learn of a guest wanted on a $3 million rape warrant out of California. Imagine how he felt the next day when the suspect, a convicted felon facing life in prison under California’s three-strikes law, showed up at the shelter on East Sprague again, looking for a place to crash.

GOP notables back health reform

WASHINGTON – Seeking to provide fresh evidence of bipartisan support for health-care reform, the White House is orchestrating a series of endorsements from GOP heavyweights around the country. With a key Senate panel poised to vote on a sweeping health bill, President Obama and his top aides have reached out to current and retired Republican leaders in the hopes of countering the charge that Democrats are using their congressional majorities to push through partisan legislation.

Schwarzenegger vetoes deficit plan

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed an $18 billion deficit-cutting package Tuesday that legislative Democrats characterized as the only “game in town.” The Legislature has had three special sessions since the November election to address California’s worsening budget deficit, projected at $42 billion over the next 18 months.