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Madonna's Adoption Ruling Delayed Until Friday

Updated: 03/30/2009 - A Malawian judge held a closed-door hearing Monday on Madonna's application to adopt a second child from this southern African nation but delayed ruling on the matter until Friday, a court official said.

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Giant Internet Worm Set To Change Tactics April 1

Updated: 03/30/2009 - The fast-moving Conficker computer worm, a scourge of the Internet that has infected at least 3 million PCs, is set to spring to life in a new way on Wednesday - April Fools' Day.

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World Stocks Tumble amid G-20 Pessimism

Updated: 03/30/2009 - World stock markets fell sharply Monday amid mounting pessimism surrounding this week's G-20 meeting of leaders, more downbeat news from the global banking sector and renewed fears about the fate of the U.S. auto industry.

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Sunday Fire Intentionally Set

Updated: 03/30/2009 - Topeka fire officials say an abandoned apartment complex was intentionally set on fire Sunday night.

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Treasury Secretary Says Market Won't Solve Problem

Updated: 03/29/2009 - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner defended his approach to fixing the country's economic mess Sunday, saying "the market will not solve this" while disclosing a bailout fund for battered banks has $135 billion left and might need more.

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Urban coyote attacks on rise, alarming residents

Updated: 03/29/2009 - A coyote ambling into a Chicago sandwich shop or taking up residence in New York's Central Park understandably creates a stir. But even here on the high plains of Colorado, where the animals are part of the landscape and figure prominently in Western lore, people are being taken aback by rising coyote encounters.

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Ex-Official: Bush Panicked After 9/11

Updated: 03/29/2009 - A former State Department lawyer tells The Associated Press that the Bush administration panicked after 9/11 and tortured prisoners.

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Spain Looks To Prosecute Bush Officials

Updated: 03/29/2009 - A Spanish court has agreed to consider opening a criminal case against six former Bush administration officials, including former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, over allegations they gave legal cover for torture at Guantanamo Bay, a lawyer in the case said Saturday.

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Dike Breached In Fargo, Campus Flooded

Updated: 03/29/2009 - The bloated Red River briefly breached a dike early Sunday, pouring water into a school campus in the Midwestern U.S. city of Fargo.

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8 Dead In N.C. Nursing Home Shooting

Posted: 03/29/2009 - A gunman opened fire at a North Carolina nursing home Sunday morning, killing at least eight people and wounding several others, police said.

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Cop Sorry For Keeping Man From Dying Kin

Updated: 03/29/2009 - A police officer apologized for a traffic stop involving an NFL player whom he kept in a hospital parking lot and threatened to arrest while his mother-in-law died inside the building.

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Kids' Choice Awards Draw 90 Million Votes

Updated: 03/29/2009 - The Disney musical was selected as the favorite movie by audience votes at the 22nd annual slime-filled Nickelodeon spectacle held inside UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. "High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens was also selected as the favorite movie actress.

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Volcanic Ash Cloud Shuts Anchorage Airport

Updated: 03/29/2009 - Alaska's Mount Redoubt has simmered down, leaving an ugly, messy coating of volcanic ash scattered over scores of communities, including the state's largest city.

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General Motors CEO Wagoner To Step Down

Updated: 03/29/2009 - A person with knowledge of General Motors' plans says Rick Wagoner will step down immediately as chairman and chief executive of the struggling Detroit automaker.

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Urban coyote attacks on rise, alarming residents

Updated: 03/29/2009 - A coyote ambling into a Chicago sandwich shop or taking up residence in New York's Central Park understandably creates a stir. But even here on the high plains of Colorado, where the animals are part of the landscape and figure prominently in Western lore, people are being taken aback by rising coyote encounters.

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Mass. man kills 2 sisters, but police save the 3rd

Updated: 03/29/2009 - A man on a rampage fatally stabbed his 17-year-old sister, decapitated his 5-year-old sister in front of a police officer and then turned toward his 9-year-old sister with a knife in his hand before officers shot him dead in what their chief described as "a killing field."

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Fargo spends day in church and fighting off floods

Updated: 03/29/2009 - Weary residents of this sandbagged city came together in churches Sunday, counting their blessings that the Red River finally stopped rising and praying the levees would hold back its wrath. A brief levee break that swamped a school provided a warning of the kind of threat that still hangs over them in the days ahead.

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7 residents, nurse die in NC nursing home shooting

Updated: 03/29/2009 - A gunman burst into a North Carolina nursing home Sunday morning and started "shooting everything," killing seven residents and a nurse and wounding at least three others.

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Brazil doctors remove spear from man's head

Updated: 03/29/2009 - Surgeons successfully removed a 15-centimeter (6-inch) fishing spear from the brain of a man who was struck while diving off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, doctors said Sunday.

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