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Wholesale prices rose a higher-than-expected 1 percent in January, contributing to a 12-month 7.5 percent surge that is the fastest pace since 1981, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. Higher prices for food and energy were cited as causes for the inflation.

Addressing the Fraternal Order of Police, Attorney General Michael Mukasey sought support Monday in his fight against changes to cocaine sentencing rules. Under new guidelines, the first wave of 1,500 crack convicts could apply for early release as early as next week. Mukasey says many eligible for sentence reductions are violent criminals "likely to repeat their criminal activities."

The Marine Corps has requested an investigation by the Pentagon's inspector general of a nearly two-year delay in delivering mine-resistant trucks in Iraq, where the lack of such vehicles may have been a factor in hundreds of combat casualties.

The trial of three New York police detectives entered its second day Tuesday before a judge who weighed arguments about the 2006 shooting death of an unarmed man on the eve of his wedding. Protesters (above) carried signs representing 50 bullets fired at Sean Bell, who defense lawyers claim was out of control after a nightclub bachelor party.


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