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Pelosi: Tax rebate unlikely this year

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that Congress and President Bush probably won't be able to agree on new rebates for taxpayers by the end of the year. The prospects of a post-election session to pass an economic recovery package of jobless aid and spending before 2009 are also dim, she said. Her comments reflected the slim chance that the two parties will be able to come together immediately after a bruising election on a plan to address Americans' pocketbook woes. Associated Press

Los Angeles

Former first lady Nancy Reagan has been released from a hospital where she was treated for a fractured pelvis. Spokeswoman Joanne Drake said Friday that doctors expect a full recovery. The 87-year-old former first lady fell last week but did not see her doctor until Monday. Associated Press


NASA's efforts to get the Hubble Space Telescope working again have hit a snag, and engineers are trying to figure out their next step. Officials had hoped to have the 18-year-old observatory back in business Friday, after it stopped sending pictures three weeks ago. But a pair of problems cropped up Thursday, and now recovery operations are on hold. It's unclear how long the telescope will be unable to transmit. Associated Press


The U.S. is rescinding visa requirements for citizens of seven countries, President Bush said Friday. Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and South Korea will be added to the visa waiver program in about a month. Associated Press

Michigan Battle Creek

Lotte USA is recalling Koala's March creme-filled cookies from U.S. shelves because they were made in China and may contain melamine. The company, which initiated the recall Sept. 29, said it's not aware of any illnesses associated with the products. Associated Press

Wisconsin GREEN BAY

A 33-year-old woman accused of stealing her daughter's identity to join the school cheerleading squad has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Wendy Brown faces a felony identity theft charge after enrolling in a Wisconsin high school as her 15-year-old daughter, who lives in Nevada with Brown's mother. According to court papers, Brown attended one day of classes, practiced with the cheerleading squad and went to a party at the coach's house. Associated Press