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— FOX This is a breaking news story…Trooper: Fire in Rural Pa. Farmhouse Kills 7 Kids…DEVELOPING – BLAIN, Pa. — A fire at a farmhouse killed seven children while their mother was in a barn milking cows and their father was taking a nap in a milk delivery truck, a state trooper said Wednesday. A 3-year-old girl survived Tuesday night’s blaze. Those who perished ranged in age from 7 months to 11 years.
— Heritage Don’t Tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve…As gas prices hit $4 per gallon, White House spokesman Jay Carney assured Americans on Monday that the administration is well aware of the toll high fuel costs are taking on American families. So what’s President Obama’s solution to America’s pain?
ALSO See my featured story from yesterday: (~JP Yah think Moment) CBS’s Erica Hill Wonders if Americans Are Being ‘Scammed’ by Oil Companies
* The U.S. Navy is planning to name a warship after former Pennsylvania politician John Murtha, drawing ire from some because of about Murtha’s comments about the Haditha incident involving the U.S. Marines. Michelle Malkin joined Fox and Friends to weigh in.
— FOX (Say it with your VOTE!) BELL, Calif. — Angry Residents of California City Approve Council Recall
Voters in this blue-collar Los Angeles suburb that became the face of municipal corruption have overwhelmingly supported the recall of four city council members charged with looting the city of more than $5.5 million by doling out enormous salaries to themselves. More than 95 percent of voters cast ballots Tuesday in favor of recalling council members.
— Battle Grows Over Obama Administration’s Health Care Law Accounting…It was only a few minutes in the making but comments last week by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Capitol Hill have set off a firestorm of criticism around President Obama’s health care law
— (Caving?) FOX … Wisconsin Governor Proposes Union Compromise in E-Mails – Appearing to blink first in a nearly three-week standoff with absent Senate Democrats, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker offered to keep certain collective bargaining rights in place for state workers in a proposed compromise, according to e-mails released Tuesday by his office. But the e-mails weren’t enough to end a stalemate that has drawn national attention and ignited a storm of protest from union workers and their supporters.
Democrat members of the Wisconsin State Senate continue the stalemate over the state’s budget crisis by hiding in Illinois hotel rooms. Our question is who is paying for them to remain out of state? Rumors that third party donors are financially supporting the renegade Senators have been floating around since the crisis began leading us to believe that at least some of the Senators are in violation of Wisconsin campaign finance laws. Wisconsin law clearly states that accepting such support is illegal while the State Legislature is in session.
As the standoff in Wisconsin drags on with no end in sight, Republican Gov. Scott Walker continues to make his case about the fiscal implications of collective bargaining. His office highlighted some of the most outrageous benefits and behavior that public-sector unions have institutionalized through collective bargaining.
Liberal Protesters in Tallahassee
— Deputy U.S. Marshal Killed in the Line of Duty – WASHINGTON – Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry died at 7 p.m. CST at Saint Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., from gunshot wounds received earlier today. Perry, 48, had been with the U.S. Marshals for almost 10 years.
— ABC US Marshal Dies in St. Louis Shootout; 37th Law Officer Killed This Year Suspect Carlos Boles Vowed, ‘I’m Only Going Out in a Body Bag’
— Bloomberg U.S. Nuclear Output Rises on Gains at Arizona, Illinois Plants…U.S. nuclear-power output rose for the first time in six days, gaining 0.7 percent, as Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (PNW) and Exelon Corp. (EXC) increased production at plants in Arizona and Illinois, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.
—> Our collisions with error…The world would be a better place if the hate peddlers of the Westboro Baptist Church agreed to shut their yaps. But they won’t, so it is our sad but essential task to defend their constitutional right to rant.
– [Chicago Breaking News] Blagojevich: Cancel trial, sentence me now…Rod Blagojevich asked a judge today to cancel his retrial on corruption charges and promptly sentence him on the sole conviction from his first trial, arguing that money woes prevent him from mounting an effective defense.
— FOX Lawmakers: Illinois Governor to Abolish Death Penalty – Gov. Pat Quinn intends to abolish the death penalty in Illinois, two sponsors of the legislation said Tuesday.
Can you believe that there are polls that show that labor unions are at least as favorable, if not more so, than large corporations; you know, big businesses many of which were started as not only a small business but a teeny, tiny business that sucked up all of the investor’s life savings but put those same people on a par with, or even a notch below all of those on municipal welfare, for many of their early and formative years while struggling to get their heads above water? Well it’s true.
— AP Christian-Muslim clashes in Egypt kill 13…CAIRO – Clashes that broke out when a Muslim mob attacked thousands of Christians protesting against the burning of a Cairo church killed at least 13 people and wounded about 140, security and hospital officials said Wednesday. The Muslims torched the church amid an escalation of tensions between the two religious groups over a love affair between a Muslim and a Christian that set off a violent feud between the couple’s families.
* Libyan War Planes Strike Rebel Positions
Brand new video from Libya shows a huge plume of smoke rising from the site where government planes bombed a rebel position near a major oil terminal. Leland Vittert reports live from Ras Lanuf, where Libya’s Russian fighter jets are flying overhead and says this is “anything but a fair fight.”
— FOX Qaddafi’s Forces Try to Get Upper Hand in Capital Qaddafi Forces Attack Rebels in Oil Port City…TRIPOLI, Libya – TRIPOLI, Libya — After weeks of dramatic setbacks, Muammar al-Qaddafi appears to have at least temporarily seized the momentum in his fight against rebels trying to move on the capital, Tripoli, from territory they hold in eastern Libya.
— Anti-Qaddafi Forces Say They Are Close to Talks Related to the Libyan Leader’s Departure…Representatives of forces opposing Muammar al-Qaddafi say they have received an offer to negotiate terms of the Libyan leader’s departure, but reports indicate that no envoy was sent to discuss that possibility with rebel forces.