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States urged to improve probation, parole programs

Updated: 03/02/2009 - The number of people on parole and probation across the United States has surged past 5 million, according to a new report which says financially struggling states can save money in the long run by investing in better supervision of these offenders.

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Tax trial opens for 'Dancing with the Stars' champ

Updated: 03/02/2009 - On top of the world a few months ago, Brazilian race car driver and "Dancing with the Stars" champ Helio Castroneves faces possible prison time if convicted at a tax evasion trial that began Monday with jury selection.

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Key Demographics of Muslim-Americans

Updated: 03/02/2009 - Gallup Organization interviews with a random sample of 946 Muslim Americans in 2008 shed light on the demographics of this rarely studied group:

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Ferocious storm dumps heavy snow on East Coast

Updated: 03/02/2009 - A ferocious storm packing freezing rain, heavy snow and furious wind gusts paralyzed most of the East Coast on Monday, sending dozens of cars careening into ditches, grounding hundreds of flights and closing school for millions of kids.

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Survivor clinging to overturned NFL player's boat

Updated: 03/02/2009 - A missing man found clinging to an overturned boat was rescued Monday off Florida's Gulf Coast, but the search continued for two NFL players and a third man aboard who didn't return from a weekend fishing trip.

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Pickens says her Horse Sanctuary Plans Slowed

Updated: 03/02/2009 - Madeleine Pickens says her plan to create a wild horse sanctuary in the West has been slowed but not derailed by the worst economy in a generation and a changing-of-the-guard in Washington, D.C.

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Jimmy Fallon debuts Monday as 'Late Night' host

Updated: 03/02/2009 - Almost a year after Jimmy Fallon was named new host of NBC's "Late Night," and 10 days after predecessor Conan O'Brien departed, Fallon makes his debut Monday.

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Free but fickle, digital TV reception eludes some

Updated: 03/02/2009 - Harry Vanderpool, a beekeeper, lives on a hill nearly 1,000 feet above the Willamette River, outside Salem, Ore. It should be a good spot for TV reception, and it used to be.

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Japan Auto Sales Plunge in February

Updated: 03/02/2009 - Japanese auto sales plunged 32.4 percent in February, the biggest monthly drop since 1974 on sinking demand as the global economic downturn deepens, an industry group said Monday.

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Cinema Chain Lifts Sydney Ban on Gang Movie

Updated: 03/02/2009 - A major Australian cinema chain said Monday that it would resume screenings in Sydney of a gritty movie about Lebanese-Australian gangs with increased security because of audiences' initial violent reactions.

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Report: Tibetan monks protest New Year prayer ban

Updated: 03/02/2009 - Defiant Buddhist monks banned from marking a key Tibetan New Year prayer festival marched in protest in China's southwest, rights groups and officials said. It was the latest resistance to Chinese rule ahead of sensitive anniversaries in Tibet.

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Chinese man bids but won't pay for looted bronzes

Updated: 03/02/2009 - A Chinese art collector revealed himself Monday as the man behind the winning bids for two imperial bronzes auctioned at Christie's over Beijing's objections, then announced he had no intention of paying the $36 million.

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2 Girls Killed when Car Flips into Canal

Updated: 03/02/2009 - Police in Florida say two young girls died when the car they were riding in flipped off the Florida Turnpike and into a canal.

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Cuba replaces top Cabinet ministers

Updated: 03/02/2009 - President Raul Castro shook up Cuba's top leadership on Monday, replacing key figures tied to his brother Fidel Castro with others apparently closer to him.

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Deja new: Prop. 8 challenge reaches Calif. court

Updated: 03/02/2009 - A year after the state Supreme Court entertained arguments on extending marriage to gay couples, many of the same lawyers will be back before the same justices this week arguing why California's voter-appproved ban on same-sex marriage should stand or fall.

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Farrakhan: Followers must Continue `Obama Energy'

Updated: 03/02/2009 - From a three-hour keynote address by Minister Louis Farrakhan to $10 T-shirts, mentions of President Barack Obama were everywhere at the Nation of Islam's annual convention in a Chicago suburb.

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States urged to improve probation, parole programs

Updated: 03/02/2009 - The number of people on parole and probation across the United States has surged past 5 million, according to a new report which says financially struggling states can save money in the long run by investing in better supervision of these offenders.

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