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Today is Friday, April 23, the 114th day of 2004 with 252 to follow.
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Analysis: Euro strong but endangered

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The Cato Institute's 21st annual monetary Conference Thursday, on the future of the euro, achieved more or less unanimous consensus: the euro can be expected to be very strong against the dollar in the next two years, soaring to $1.50 or more, but is in s
MARTIN HUTCHINSON, UPI Business and Economics Editor

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2003 with 252 to follow.
By United Press International

Valley View: Ace #1, T.J. Rogers

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Valley View will from time to time profile a Silicon Valley Ace. All such Aces will not be famous or well known, but they will be worthy of admiration.

Ex-smokers might benefit from selenium

MAASTRICHT, Netherlands, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Selenium appears to have a protective effect against bladder cancer among some former smokers, a study completed in the Netherlands reported Friday.

Timeline of DC-area sniper shootings

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Authorities were investigating a shooting in Ashland, Va., late Saturday that might be the work of the elusive Washington, D.C.-area sniper.

Sniper timeline

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Details on sniper shootings in Washington area.

Sniper shooting timeline

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Details on shootings in the Washington, D.C. area.

Faceless killer taunts investigators

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The sniper who is stalking the Washington area is a skilled shooter with a high-powered rifle who strikes during rush hour, stays near easily accessible escape routes and targets unsuspecting victims doing everyday tasks, say police. He is also a coward,
By United Press International

Md. boy latest victim in DC-area shootings

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush promised more resources for a murder investigation in the Washington suburbs on Monday, as federal authorities linked the shooting of a 13-year-old boy to sniper attacks over the past six days -- bringing the total number of victi

New D.C. area shootings might be linked

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A woman was shot in a parking lot outside a store in northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. Friday afternoon, in an attack strikingly similar to the murders of five people in a nearby Maryland suburb Wednesday and Thursday.

Five shot in 16 hours in D.C. suburb

SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Police said Thursday a "skilled shooter" may be responsible for the killing of five people in suburban Washington within a 16-hour span. The victims, who were white, Hispanic, and from India, were apparently shot indiscriminately, authorities said.

Analysis: Bush and the dead presidents

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Which president does George W. Bush most resemble? During the 2000 campaign, Karl Rove, George W. Bush's political guru, compared his candidate to William McKinley. More recently, apparently, Rove has decided that his man, now president, is really Andrew
JAMES B. CHAPIN, UPI National Political Analyst

Of Human Interest: News-lite

ANIMAL STORY A 2-year-old dog dubbed "The Miracle Mutt" is on its way to Hawaii after fishermen rescued it from an abandoned oil tanker drifting in the Pacific.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2002 with 252 to follow. The moon is waxing, moving toward its full phase. There are no morning stars.
By United Press International
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James Buchanan
U.S. President George W. Bush (5th r) participates in a photo-op with the recipients of the 2006 National Humanities Medals in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, on November 9, 2006. Recipients include, from left to right, Historian of Religion Mark Noll; Classicist Mary Lefkowitz; Biographer Meryle Secrest; Middle East Studies Scholar Bernard Lewis; John Raisian, Senior Fellow and Director Of the Hoover Institution; first lady Laura Bush; Translator and Classicist Robert Fagles, Historian Nickolas Davatzes; the president; Historian Kevin Starr; Fouad Ajami, Middle Eastern Studies Scholar; Economist James Buchanan; and NEA Chairman Bruce Cole. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

James Buchanan, Jr. (April 23, 1791 – June 1, 1868, English pronunciation: /bjuːˈkænən/) was the 15th President of the United States (1857–1861). He is the only president from Pennsylvania, the only president who remained a life-long bachelor, and the last one born in the 18th century.

Buchanan (often called Buck-anan by his contemporaries) was a popular and experienced state politician and a successful attorney before his presidency. He represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives and later the Senate, and served as Minister to Russia under President Andrew Jackson. He also was Secretary of State under President James K. Polk. After turning down an offer for an appointment to the Supreme Court, President Franklin Pierce appointed him Minister to the United Kingdom, in which capacity he helped draft the controversial Ostend Manifesto.

After unsuccessfully seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 1844, 1848, and 1852, "Old Buck" was nominated in the 1856 election. Throughout most of Franklin Pierce's term he was stationed in London as a Minister to the Court of St. James's and therefore was not caught up in the crossfire of sectional politics that dominated the country. Buchanan was viewed by many as a compromise between the two sides of the slavery question. His subsequent election victory took place in a three-man race with John C. Frémont and Millard Fillmore. As President, he was often called a "doughface", a Northerner with Southern sympathies, who battled with Stephen A. Douglas for the control of the Democratic Party. Buchanan's efforts to maintain peace between the North and the South alienated both sides, and the Southern states declared their secession in the prologue to the American Civil War. Buchanan's view of record was that secession was illegal, but that going to war to stop it was also illegal. Buchanan, first and foremost an attorney, was noted for his mantra, "I acknowledge no master but the law."

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