The Wire: July 22, 2010

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    Chevrolet backs Volt with standard eight-year, 100,000-mile battery warranty

    Brownstown Township, MI | The Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range will provide customers with an unprecedented, standard, eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on its advanced, lithium-ion battery. It is the automotive industry’s longest, most comprehensive battery warranty for an electric vehicle, and is transferable at no cost to other vehicle owners.

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    Kosovo cheers independence ruling

    Tensions flared anew in the Balkans on Thursday, with Kosovo declaring victory and Serbia pledging to fight on after the International Court of Justice ruled that the breakaway republic’s 2008 secession did not violate international law.

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    Senate Democrats abandon climate measure

    Senate Democrats on Thursday admitted defeat in their drive to pass an ambitious global-warming bill this year that caps greenhouse gases, abandoning a priority of President Obama’s.

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    Hopefuls flock to Byrd-seat primary

    A crowded field of 10 Republicans filed paperwork Thursday to challenge West Virginia’s popular Democratic governor in November for the Senate seat long held by the now-deceased Robert C. Byrd, a day after the GOP’s top prospect passed on the race.

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    Jobless benefits extension OK'd

    President Obama signed the legislation just hours after the House voted to restore benefits to people who have been out of work for six months or more, ending an interruption that cut off payments averaging about $300 a week to an estimated 2.5 million people.

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    Democrats mull taxes for higher earners

    A small but growing chorus of Capitol Hill Democrats say they support delaying a scheduled expiration of Bush-era tax cuts on wealthier Americans, bucking the Obama administration’s desire to shield only middle-income earners from a tax increase.

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Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, answers questions about ethics charges on Capitol Hill on Thursday. The former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has been called on to resign by the leader of a watchdog organization.

    Charlie Rangel will face ethics charges

    House investigators will charge senior Rep. Charles B. Rangel with ethics violations, setting the stage for an unpleasant battle that could haunt Democrats as they prepare to face voters in November.

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    Obama signs bill to curb payout waste

    President Obama called on federal agencies to crack down on improper payments made by the government, signing into law a measure he said would reduce waste and fraud by $50 billion by 2012.

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    Pavano tosses five-hitter to blank Orioles

    Carl Pavano pitched a five-hitter to earn his career-high seventh straight victory, and the Minnesota Twins beat the incensed Baltimore Orioles 5-0 on Thursday night.

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    Miami-Notre Dame to renew rivalry

    Miami and Notre Dame have agreed to renew a football rivalry that during the 1980s helped define each program and decide several national championships.

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    U.S. places sanctions on Taliban financiers

    The Treasury Department has imposed sanctions against three key leaders and financiers of the Taliban and its affiliated group, the Pakistan-based Haqqani network.

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    Dell paying $100 million in SEC deal

    Computer maker Dell Inc. is paying $100 million to settle civil charges that it used fraudulent accounting to meet Wall Street earnings targets, the government announced Thursday.

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    Chiefs sign TE Moeaki

    The Kansas City Chiefs have signed tight end Tony Moeaki, one of the team’s two third-round draft picks.