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Judge orders Cheney to preserve his records

A federal judge on Saturday ordered Dick Cheney to preserve a wide range of the records from his time as vice president.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly is a setback for the Bush administration in its effort to promote a narrow definition of materials that must be safeguarded under by the Presidential Records Act.

The Bush administration's legal position “heightens the court's concern” that some records may not be preserved, said the judge.

A private group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, is suing Cheney and the Executive Office of the President in an effort to ensure that no presidential records are handled in a way that makes them unavailable to the public.

In a 22-page opinion, the judge revealed that in recent days, lawyers for the Bush administration balked at a proposed agreement between the two sides on how to proceed with the case. Associated Press

Arkansas Fouke

An evangelists' headquarters was raided Saturday as part of a child pornography investigation. Authorities said they planned to remove several children from the complex, run by a man previously accused of child abuse. The raid at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries south of Texarkana started an hour before sunset. Armed guards regularly patrol the ministry headquarters, but there was apparently no resistance as agents moved in. Alamo was once accused in California of directing the beating of a church member's 11-year-old son. In 1994, he was sentenced to six years in prison on tax evasion charges filed in Memphis, Tenn. Associated Press


Alaska may not have a Bridge to Nowhere, but it now has a Road to Nowhere. The state last week completed a $25million gravel road that was intended to lead up to the bridge linking the city of Ketchikan to its airport on a neighboring island. The bridge project became the symbol of federal largess, and Congress eventually dropped the earmark for the bridge. The state still received the money, but Gov. Sarah Palin – who once supported the bridge – last fall killed the project, valued at nearly $400million. Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein said the 3.2-mile road now is ideal for road races and hunting, and possibly some commercial development. Associated Press


Two mine accidents in different parts of China have killed at least 36 people and left another 35 missing, state media said Sunday. The official Xinhua News Agency said 31 miners were killed in a gas explosion before dawn Sunday at a private mine near Dengfeng city in central China. Rescuers were searching for nine others. Xinhua also reported that five miners were killed and 26 were missing after a coal mine fire Saturday in Hegang city in northeast China.Associated Press