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In the latest development in the apparent investigation of former aides to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) from his time as Milwaukee County Executive, it has now been reported that state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, a fellow Republican, has previously declined a request from Milwaukee's Democratic district attorney to assist in the investigation.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

State Department of Justice officials would not say why the agency chose not to assist with the investigation of Walker's former county staffers.

Sources said the request was made around the time of the November 2010 election.

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Updated 9:21 pm ET, Wednesday, September 21 Pandora Internet Radio has jumped on the HTML5 bandwagon in a big way, unveiling a slick redesigned website today for all users and unlimited listening, removing its 40 hours per month restriction for free users.

Pandora touts the site's "faster load time" and new "social features and sharing tools," including a new Pandora profile page for every user and the ability to "Follow" users and share links to stations and specific tracks over Facebook, Twitter and within Pandora itself.

But don't let all the bells and whistles fool you into thinking it's not ultimately a business ploy: Pandora, which is still unprofitable as of its last quarterly earnings statement, earns most of its revenue from display advertising. In the case of Q2, that amounted to some $58.3 million out of $67 million, the rest of it earned from Pandora's less well-known ad-free paid subscription service.

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The United States' ambassador to Libya returned to the country on Wednesday, the AP reports, to lead a newly re-opened U.S. embassy.

Maybe "wait until Florida" will work this time?

Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney was knocked from his frontrunner status in the GOP presidential primary by Texas Gov. Rick Perry a few weeks ago, but he's starting to rebound. A recent Winthrop University poll found Romney to be moving back within striking distance in South Carolina, and a new poll out Wednesday from polling firm War Room Logistics shows that the two contenders are locked in Florida with one caveat: Romney is the only candidate in a statistical dead heat against President Obama in the state.

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Reuters reports:

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday dialed up its aid to the beleaguered U.S. economy, launching an effort to put more downward pressure on long-term interest rates over time and help the battered housing sector.

Jon Stewart on Tuesday celebrated the official end of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Gays and lesbians can now serve openly in the military, and those who were discharged over their sexuality can now re-enlist. "That's how ridiculous this policy was," Stewart said, "the apology for the affront is, 'alright, sorry, you can go to Afghanistan and fight for your country.'"

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Updated: Sept. 21, 2011 1:03PM

A federal judge nominated by President George W. Bush has upheld the constitutionality of a part of the Voting Rights Act that requires certain parts of the country to have their election laws precleared by the federal government to prevent unlawful discrimination, shooting down a challenge from Shelby County, Alabama.

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