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WASHINGTON: Pullout resolution soundly defeated

The House rejected, 356-65, Wednesday an effort by anti-war lawmakers to force a withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year. The outcome of the vote against the resolution, was never in doubt. But the 3 1/2 hours of debate did give those who oppose President Barack Obama's war policies a platform to vent their frustrations.

MISSOURI: 29 schools to be closed

The Kansas City school board approved, 5-4, Wednesday night a plan to close nearly half the district's schools in a desperate bid to avoid a potential bankruptcy. Parents and community leaders made final pleas to spare the schools even as the beleaguered district seeks to erase a projected $50 million budget shortfall. The approved plan calls for shuttering 29 of 61 schools.

CALIFORNIA: Charges for illegal sushi

Federal prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against a restaurant owner and its sushi chef that marine mammal activists say served illegal whale meat. Typhoon Restaurant Inc., which owns The Hump restaurant in Santa Monica, and Kiyoshiro Yamamoto, 45, of Culver City were charged with illegally selling an endangered species product, a misdemeanor. Two young women, undercover diners, requested whale as part of an $600 omakase, or chef's choice, meal. They pocketed a sample, and genetic testing confirmed it was meat from the endangered Sei whale. Yamamoto could face a year in prison and a fine of $100,000. The company could be fined $200,000.


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