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British spy agency searches for `Q'

Updated: 04/17/2009 - He was James Bond's go-to guy for inventions that included dagger-embedded shoes, radioactive lint and a deadly sofa that swallowed people.

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Vatican decries reaction to pope's condom remarks

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Critics of the Catholic Church's social teachings are trying to intimidate Pope Benedict XVI into silence, the Vatican charged Friday in responding to attacks on the pontiff's remarks about AIDS and condom use.

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US sending top envoy to Somali conference

Updated: 04/17/2009 - France will offer to train Somali forces and the United States will send its top Africa envoy to an international conference on Somalia next week as the world tries new initiatives to stabilize the country and quash piracy off its coast, officials said Friday.

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Indy driver Castroneves acquitted in tax case

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Brazilian race car driver and "Dancing With The Stars" champ Helio Castroneves was acquitted Friday of most charges that he worked with his sister and lawyer to evade more than $2.3 million in U.S. income taxes. A federal jury acquitted Castroneves on six counts of tax evasion but hung on one count of conspiracy. When the sentence was read, Castroneves broke into sobs and leaned against his attorneys for support.

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Governor Sebelius Signs the Kelsey Smith Act

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Governor Kathleen Sebelius has signed the Kelsey Smith Act, allowing law enforcement to gather cell phone information more quickly during an emergency situation.

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Spy plane shows worth as flood-fighting tool

Updated: 04/17/2009 - As the swollen Red River threatened Fargo this spring, thousands of eyes were trained on the city's miles of sandbag walls. But just in case the townspeople missed something, the eye in the sky was watching, too.

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King family draws fees from DC memorial project

Updated: 04/17/2009 - The family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has charged the foundation building a monument to the civil rights leader on the National Mall about $800,000 for the use of his words and image - an arrangement one leading scholar says King would have found offensive.

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Man gets 8 years for buying guns bound for Mexico

Updated: 04/17/2009 - A Houston man was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for buying military-style firearms that ended up in the hands of Mexico's violent drug cartels.

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RI cops: Case similar to Boston Craigslist slaying

Updated: 04/17/2009 - An exotic dancer who was bound and held at gunpoint at a suburban Providence hotel by a man who answered her Craigslist ad suggested that her ordeal could be linked to a Boston hotel slaying, police said Friday.

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Fla. house smashed by small plane 'a total loss'

Updated: 04/17/2009 - A small plane crashed into a house shortly after taking off from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Friday morning, slicing the home down the middle into two charred pieces.

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Topeka Demolishes Building Targeted by Arsonists

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Crews from McPherson Wrecking tore down an apartment building at 634 SW Taylor Friday. The building has been the target of several arson fired, most recently March 29, that rendered the building unsafe.

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GE Q1 Earns Fall 36%, Hurt by Finance

Updated: 04/17/2009 - General Electric Co.'s first-quarter earnings fell 36 percent on sharply lower profits at its troubled GE Capital finance arm, but the results beat Wall Street forecasts in a glimmer of good news for the struggling company.

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Citi Results Top Street Forecasts, but Shares Fall

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Citigroup reported its smallest quarterly loss since 2007, but its problems are far from over. The bank released first-quarter results Friday that were buoyed largely by strong revenues from bond trading, but that burst of activity is not expected to continue.

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10 Years Later, Columbine's Hold Remains Strong

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Teenage gunmen spilled the blood of children before Columbine, in Alaska, Arkansas, Mississippi and Oregon. After Columbine, more blood was shed in Minnesota and California, in Germany and Finland.

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RI cops: Case Similar To Boston Craigslist Slaying

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Police in Rhode Island say an attempted robbery of a woman at a hotel may be linked to the slaying at an upscale Boston hotel of a woman who advertised massage on Craigslist.

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YouTube Boosts Full-Length Movies, TV Show Lineup

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Google Inc.'s YouTube said Thursday it is vastly expanding its library of full-length movies and TV shows it offers online, while also launching a new advertising service and adding about a dozen new content partners.

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Afghan Earthquakes Kill 21, Destroy Homes

Updated: 04/17/2009 - BHEZAD KHEIL, Afghanistan -- Two earthquakes shook eastern Afghanistan early Friday, collapsing mud-brick homes on top of villagers while they slept and killing at least 21 people.

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Palin Stands Against Abortion During Ind. Speech

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, speaking at anti-abortion group's dinner, criticized President Barack Obama for supporting abortion rights and challenged the idea that unplanned pregnancies are a nuisance that can be solved by abortion.

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Obama Heads To Americas Summit With Cuba Focus

Updated: 04/17/2009 - After backing Mexico's ongoing battle against drug cartels, President Barack Obama is heading to a Western Hemisphere summit with a sudden spotlight on Cuba.

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US Nuclear Experts In North Korea Head To China

Updated: 04/17/2009 - SEOUL, South Korea -- U.S. monitors of North Korea's nuclear program headed to China on Friday after the North expelled them and vowed to restart its reactor in anger over U.N. criticism of its recent rocket launch.

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Businesses, Citizens, Planners Discuss Future of Hwy. 24

Updated: 04/16/2009 - A new study of traffic patterns and recommendations for the future of Hwy. 24 prompted a meeting Thursday night. As businesses grow, planners want to provide the best access, while keeping traffic moving safely.

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