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In these times, political catchword is certainty

Updated: 01/20/2009 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Fellow Americans, let us be clear: This news article will improve your life. Of that there can be no doubt. And those negative voices that disagree? They're fundamentally wrong. It is time, finally, to turn our backs on their failed notions.

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VP: A second banana in a country of firsts

Updated: 01/20/2009 - WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (AP) -- Beside a mighty river, tucked away in the shadow of a towering ribbon of asphalt that leads drivers into the Lincoln Tunnel and Manhattan beyond, sits a plot of land notable because of a two-century-old event that, for most Americans, is largely forgotten.

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When Washington is broken, enter the `outsider'

Updated: 01/20/2009 - WASHINGTON, Ga. (AP) -- Back in 1780, while the Revolutionary War still raged, a village in eastern Georgia had a notion. The hero of that uncertain hour was Gen. George Washington, and the community of Heard's Fort became the first of nearly 30 across the land to take his surname as its own.

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The morning after: Half of us will be disappointed

Updated: 01/20/2009 - PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The meteorologists tell us that Wednesday morning in southwestern Pennsylvania's largest city will be crisp and sunny with a high of 64. That's about all we know. Being a weather forecast, it offers nothing about the political climate that will have been created by the election the day before.

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Finally: Decision time for a deeply divided USA

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Rarely has an election been so anticipated. Rarely has a campaign gone on for so long and offered so many plot twists. And never in a generation have Americans and their talking heads expressed such certainty, such passion that the next president can change the national game so fundamentally and so entirely.

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Business Leaders Criticize Sebelius

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Business leaders are criticizing Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' plan to help balance the state's budget by eliminating two economic development agencies.

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A worried America chooses its course for change

Updated: 01/20/2009 - In a season of profound political and cultural fissures, the American people stood together at the ballot box Tuesday with a resounding chorus that drowned out their deep differences: Something, they said, has got to give.

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Study: Women Less Able To Suppress Food

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Faced with their favorite foods, women are less able than men to suppress their hunger, a discovery that may help explain the higher obesity rate for females, a new study suggests.

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Indiana Man, 72, Shaves Shaggy Eyebrows For Charity

Updated: 01/20/2009 - A 72-year-old man with eyebrows so long he brushed them each morning raised $1,600 for charity from people who paid to take turns trimming down his out-of-control brows. Some of the wiry hairs shorn from Si Burgher's shaggy eyebrows measured more than three inches long because the former jeweler's brows had never been trimmed before.

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Messina Gives Birth To Baby Boy

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Country singer Jo Dee Messina and her husband have announced the birth of their first child, a boy.

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Russia Agrees To Allow Supplie To Pass Through

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Russia and neighboring Central Asian nations have agreed to let supplies pass through their territory to American soldiers in Afghanistan, lessening Washington's dependence on dangerous routes through Pakistan, a top U.S. commander said Tuesday.

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Senate Confirms 6 Cabinet Secretaries

Updated: 01/20/2009 - The Senate on Tuesday swiftly approved six members of President Barack Obama's Cabinet, but put off for a day the vote on his choice to be secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.

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US Reaches Deal on Afghan Supply Routes to Troops

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Russia and neighboring Central Asian nations have agreed to let supplies pass through their territory to American soldiers in Afghanistan, lessening Washington's dependence on dangerous routes through Pakistan, a top U.S. commander said Tuesday.

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Man Pleads Not Guilty To Hudson Killings

Updated: 01/20/2009 - A man accused of killing three members of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's family in Chicago has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and home invasion.

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Bloody, then buddies: It's still the American way

Updated: 01/20/2009 - LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) -- The seat of Clinton County sits along a river at the foot of a spectacular mountain range in rural central Pennsylvania. On Election Day, what happened here was a microcosm of American duality: Just 327 votes separated John McCain, who won the county, and Barack Obama, who didn't.

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Analysis: An unusual glimpse into the presidency

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Picture Lincoln, in the throes of the Civil War, suddenly mocking his critics in a nyah-nyah voice. Imagine Theodore Roosevelt, leaving office, lamenting out loud about how hated he was by Standard Oil. Summon an image of FDR cracking wise about his wheelchair and grousing about the nasty things Hitler was saying about him.

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Chrysler and Fiat Agree to Alliance

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Fiat and Chrysler said Tuesday they have agreed to form a strategic alliance that would give the Italian auto empire a 35-percent stake in the troubled U.S. carmaker and could eventually bring it full control.

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America: What in the world does it want to be?

Updated: 01/20/2009 - NEW YORK (AP) -- George Washington, first president, said this: "It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world."

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Priests Accused of Stealing Cash

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Two priests who authorities say for years stole cash from their Florida church's offering plate and hid it in the church ceiling and offshore bank accounts to pay for lavish lifestyles will soon face a judge.

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"American Idol" Hopeful Death Ruled Suicide

Updated: 01/20/2009 - A coroner in Los Angeles has found that an "American Idol" hopeful found dead outside Paula Abdul's home committed suicide with prescription drugs.

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