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President Bush said Thursday that the country is not headed into a recession and that people should wait until the economic stimulus package passed last month has a chance to work before the government considers any additional stimulus efforts. "We've acted robustly," he said.

The Humane Society sued the US Department of Agriculture Wednesday, alleging that a loophole in USDA regulations allows "downer" cows – sick or crippled animals unable to stand – to be slaughtered.

To keep trains running on time Amtrak must replace many defective concrete ties in the busy Northeast Corridor, a spokesman said Wednesday. Small cracks were discovered last fall, leading to slow-down orders on some track sections. The maker of the ties must replace them, but Amtrak will shoulder the labor costs.

"The trend is in the right direction," but challenges remain in improving care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, a Government Accountability Office official told Congress Wednesday. Last year reports surfaced about poor treatment of wounded soldiers at the center.

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