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WASHINGTON (AP) President Ronald Reagan's handwritten changes to his "Evil Empire"' speech, his correspondence with Mikhail Gorbachev and a bronze cast of Moscow's Kremlin from the Soviet leader are going on rare public view at the National Archives. The items will be on view on Friday.

WASHINGTON (AP) A former aide to Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran has been sentenced to 75 days in a halfway house and 75 days of home detention in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal after swapping legislative favors for more than $25,000 in event tickets and other gifts. A judge said Ann Copland had corrupted the public trust and that her sentence should serve as a deterrent to others.

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington shoppers have spent approximately $2 million on paper and plastic bags in the past year. The city's five-cent tax on bags began last January, but consumers spent much less pocket change than predicted to pay for bags from grocery, liquor and convenience stores.

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