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Senate won't vote on stem cell bill until '06

Washington, D.C.

Legislation to expand federally funded embryonic stem cell research will not come to a vote in the Senate until early next year, one of the sponsors, Senator Arlen Specter, said yesterday. Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, told the chamber that Senate majority leader Bill Frist has agreed to scheduling a vote on the stem cell legislation then. Specter said he had decided against attaching it to a bill now before the Senate to fund the Labor and Health and Human Services departments, noting it would cause a ''multifaceted controversy." (Reuters)

California

Bush dedicates exhibit at the Reagan library
SIMI VALLEY -- President Bush yesterday helped dedicate a new Air Force One exhibit at Ronald Reagan's presidential library, calling the massive blue-and-white plane a ''celebrated symbol of democracy and freedom." Bush's appearance at a GOP fund-raiser Thursday night raised the ire of some California Republicans. They said his stop at a $1 million Republican National Committee fund-raiser was poorly timed because of the upcoming special election in which Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to court independents and Democrats, two voter blocs that typically haven't supported Bush. (AP)

Florida

Man, 93, drives 3 miles with corpse stuck in car
MIAMI -- A 93-year-old Florida motorist hit a pedestrian, killing him and severing his leg, and then kept driving 3 miles to a toll bridge with the bloody corpse stuck in his windshield, police said yesterday. At that point a tollbooth attendant called police and made the driver wait until they arrived. The driver ''did not realize he had been involved in a crash," the police report said. Ralph Thomas Parker told police he thought the body had dropped from above, possibly from an overpass. (Reuters)

Rape suspect nabbed cashing victim's check
DAVIE -- A rapist was captured after he forced his victim to write him a check and then tried to cash it, police said. Anthony R. Roberts, 25, was arrested Wednesday night outside a check cashing store, minutes after he left the woman's apartment, police said. Police said Roberts forced his way into her apartment at gunpoint and raped her. He forced her to make out a $1,400 check in his name and write on it that it was for electrical work, authorities said. (AP)

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