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Oil settles back, almost where it started

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Oil prices took off Wednesday after new government data showed bulging crude inventories grew less than what analysts expected, but settled only slightly above where they started the session.

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Say amen: Arkansas Church Holds Easter Service in Bar

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A fledging Arkansas church will see if distilled spirits can mix with the Holy Spirit this Easter weekend. A new Little Rock church called The River will hold both of its Easter services at The Rev Room, a bar and nightclub in the city's River Market.

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Are You a Twit if you don't Want to Twitter?

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Eily Toyama gave in after friends pestered her to join Facebook. But she used her cat's name instead of her own so she could avoid networking requests from people she didn't really want to connect to. And don't even ask her about Twitter unless you want to get an eye roll.

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Will Wright to leave Electronic Arts

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Will Wright, the video game designer behind such hits as "The Sims" and "Spore," is leaving game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. after 12 years.

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Are you a twit if you don't want to Twitter?

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Eily Toyama gave in after friends pestered her to join Facebook. But she used her cat's name instead of her own so she could avoid networking requests from people she didn't really want to connect to. And don't even ask her about Twitter unless you want to get an eye roll.

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AP source: Spies compromised US electric grid

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Spies hacked into the U.S. electric grid and left behind computer programs that would let them disrupt service, exposing potentially catastrophic vulnerabilities in key pieces of national infrastructure, a former U.S. government official said Wednesday.

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For young Somalis, piracy offers power, prosperity

Updated: 04/08/2009 - For young Somalis, piracy offers a life of adventure and money: At sea, they are armed with automatic weapons, rockets and grenades. On land, they are a cross between a town official and a gangster rapper - with grand houses, luxury cars and beautiful wives.

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A "Mud Bog" for Phoenix

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Phoenix Entrikin celebrates his 1st birthday later this month. But the big party is the "mud bog" truck racers will participate in this Saturday. Learn more in Ralph's interview with Phoenix's dad, and a family friend.

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North Korea stages huge rally to celebrate rocket

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Tens of thousands of North Koreans rallied Wednesday in Pyongyang to support Kim Jong Il as he embarks on his third term as leader and to celebrate a rocket launch that was criticized elsewhere as a violation of U.N. sanctions.

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Deer Smashes through Doors, 3 Vehicles in Arkansas

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A deer somehow survived being hit by a car near Little Rock, but that was only the first part of what soon became a very rough day. On Tuesday morning in White Hall, the vehicle struck the animal on U.S. Highway 270.

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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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Indonesians vote for new parliament

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Parliamentary elections Thursday could determine if President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will have enough support to win a second five-year term needed to push through aggressive economic and institutional reforms.

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NORAD: Shooting Down Stolen Plane not Considered

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The agency charged with defending North American air space never seriously considered shooting down a rogue pilot who flew into U.S. airspace because it quickly determined that he had no hostile intent, a spokesman said Wednesday.

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Suspected US missile kills 3 in northwest Pakistan

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A suspected U.S. missile struck a car in a lawless northwest Pakistani tribal region Wednesday, intelligence officials said, killing two insurgents and a civilian a day after the country again told visiting U.S. officials it opposes such attacks.

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Iranian president welcomes 'honest' talks with US

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Iran's hard-line president said Wednesday that his country welcomes talks with the United States should the American president prove to be "honest" in extending its hand toward Iran, one of the strongest signals yet that Tehran welcomes Barack Obama's calls for dialogue.

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Iran charges American journalist with espionage

Updated: 04/08/2009 - An American journalist jailed for more than two months in Iran has been charged with spying for the U.S., a judge said Wednesday, dashing hopes of a quick release days after her parents arrived in the country seeking her freedom.

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Woman's tofu license plate curdles in Colo.

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.

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Woman Accused of Whacking Deputy's Nose with Purse

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Sheriff's officials said a deputy plans to be back on duty Wednesday after a woman she was trying to arrest broke her nose with her purse. Sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter said the purse the 48-year-old woman swung Tuesday evening contained a large bottle of perfume and weighed more than three pounds.

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Joaquin Phoenix II? Billy Bob gives odd interview

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Joaquin, you have competition. In a radio appearance reminiscent of David's Letterman's recent interview with actor-turned-rapper Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Bob Thornton gave a puzzling and difficult interview Wednesday.

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Obama looking at cooling air to fight warming

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Tinkering with Earth's climate to chill runaway global warming - a radical idea once dismissed out of hand - is being discussed by the White House as a potential emergency option, the president's new science adviser said Wednesday.

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Some criticize Calif. police in missing girl case

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Police called the disappearance of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu a missing persons case, not an abduction, for 10 days - until some farm workers drained an irrigation pond and found her body stuffed in a suitcase.

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US to attend group nuclear talks with Iran

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The Obama administration said Wednesday it will participate directly in group talks with Iran over its suspect nuclear program, another significant shift from President George W. Bush's policy toward a nation he labeled part of an axis of evil.

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Steel Pipe Makers File Trade Case against China

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Producers of steel pipe used in oil and gas drilling on Wednesday filed complaints with U.S. trade officials over alleged unfair competition from Chinese imports they say have flooded the domestic market.

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