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Crew retakes US ship from pirates, captain held

Updated: 04/08/2009 - In a riveting high-seas drama, an unarmed American crew wrested control of their U.S.-flagged cargo ship from Somali pirates Wednesday and sent them fleeing to a lifeboat with the captain as hostage. U.S. warship and at least six others were speeding toward the ship - the first with an American crew to be taken by pirates off the Horn of Africa - as crew members negotiated with the pirates for the return of the captain.

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Woman Finds $357,959 Cashiers Check and Returns It

Updated: 04/08/2009 - As she walked from a post office, Talon Curtis thought she'd found one of those gimmicky sweepstakes offers on the ground that scream something like "$357,959.55" in big bold letters and "This is not a real check" in much smaller type. But just as she was about to do her part for a cleaner planet and deliver the paper from the parking lot to a trash can, she noticed it was a real cashier's check with a real signature.

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Duo Accused of Trying to Steal Restaurant Grease

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Two Detroit-area men face larceny and trespassing charges after authorities say they tried to steal used restaurant grease. Westland police Sgt. Steve Borisch said 52-year-old Christopher Kind and 44-year-old Richard Tallent were arrested early Tuesday at a restaurant in the city 10 miles west of Detroit.

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Woman's Tofu License Plate Curdles in Colorado

Updated: 04/08/2009 - One Colorado woman's love for tofu has been judged X-rated by state officials. Kelly Coffman-Lee wanted to tell the world about her fondness for bean curd by picking certain letters for her SUV's license plate. Her suggestion for the plate: "ILVTOFU." But the Division of Motor Vehicles blocked her plan because they thought the combination of letters could be interpreted as profane.

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Philly Drug Kingpin Charged In Arson

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A convicted drug kingpin and three other men were charged Wednesday with a dozen murders, including a row house arson that killed six people, four of them children, in retaliation for an informant's testimony.

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10 Holy Cross Priests Object to Obama Invitation

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Ten priests from the order that founded the University of Notre Dame say the school risks its "true soul" and could distance itself from the Roman Catholic Church by inviting President Barack Obama to campus next month.

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Topeka Tourism Expo

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The Topeka Tourism Exposition was held today at the Great Overland Station. The annual event is designed to show people what the city has to offer right in their own backyard.

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Jackson says he's Cooperating with Ethics Inquiry

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. confirmed Wednesday that he is the subject of a preliminary inquiry from a congressional ethics board looking into his attempts to be appointed to the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

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Educators Honored By Topeka North Rotary Club

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The Topeka North Rotary Club held its annual educator appreciation and scholarship luncheon Tuesday. Two students were awarded scholarships and Terri Current of Heritage Christian School was named the group's Educator of the Year.

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Obama wins praise from many Muslims

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The Middle East is finding, to its amazement, that it may actually like America's new leader. Barack Obama has impressed many Arabs and Muslims with promises to open a new page after years of distrust during his first presidential venture to the Islamic world this week.

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100,000 Thais rally against king's adviser

Updated: 04/08/2009 - About 100,000 protesters seeking to topple Thailand's government turned their wrath Wednesday on the 88-year-old top adviser to the country's revered king, accusing him of undermining democracy by orchestrating a pivotal 2006 coup.

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Police: NY gunman fired 98 shots during rampage

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The man who gunned down 13 people at an upstate New York immigration center fired 98 shots from two handguns in a little more than a minute, police said Wednesday.

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Video shows Fla. woman aiming gun at son's head

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A central Florida woman who fatally shot her son then killed herself at a shooting range said she was the anti-Christ and that she needed to save her son.

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Regulators suspend NJ doc's license

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A New Jersey doctor whom health officials suspect was the source of a hepatitis B outbreak had his medical license suspended indefinitely on Wednesday by state regulators.

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Motive sought in deadly attack at Calif. retreat

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Investigators are trying to determine what caused a 69-year-old Korean Christian volunteer to go on a deadly rampage at a retreat run by those dedicated to serving the poor and homeless.

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2 Massachusetts Maritime grads on hijacked US ship

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The top two commanders of an American-flagged ship hijacked by pirates off Somalia graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and one of them recently predicted it was "a matter of time" before he confronted the outlaws of the ocean.

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Pickens Promotes Energy Plan in Kansas

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens holds a town hall meeting in Lawrence at the Dole Institute of Politics about the "Pickens Plan." Sen. Sam Brownback and Bob Dole introduced Pickens and say they agree with the need for an energy plan.

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Thai Protest Draws 100,000

Updated: 04/27/2009 - As many as 100,000 Thai demonstrators staged an anti-government protest Wednesday, rallying outside the home of the king's 88-year-old top adviser, whom they accuse of orchestrating a 2006 coup that toppled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and demanding that the current prime minister resign.

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