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Man arrested in toll booth slingshot attacks

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The Washington State Patrol said a 50-year-old Gig Harbor man accused of using a slingshot to hit Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll booth windows has been arrested. Trooper Brandy Kessler said Wednesday that the man was arrested and booked into the Pierce County Jail for investigation of second-degree assault, second-degree malicious mischief and reckless endangerment.

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Woman accused of using stroller to shoplift

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Police say a Massachusetts woman has been accused of shoplifting in Salem, N.H., and that she hid merchandise in stroller being pushed by her 3-year-daughter. Police said Macy's employees reported Wednesday that a woman was shoplifting at the store.

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Phoenix's Serial Shooter gets 6 death sentences

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The main suspect in the Phoenix Serial Shooter attacks was sentenced to death Friday for six murders that put the city on edge for nearly two years. Dale Hausner was convicted earlier this month of killing six people and attacking 19 others in random nighttime shootings in 2005 and 2006.

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Gordo the skateboarding parrot stolen

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A birdnapper snatched Gordo the skateboarding parrot. The 30-year-old green Guatemalan parrot, a popular attraction for a decade in the San Gabriel Valley community of Baldwin Park, was taken from his front porch cage Wednesday morning.

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Analysis: New war strategy requires outside help

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The success of President Barack Obama's new war strategy depends heavily on factors beyond his control: Afghan competence, Pakistani cooperation and a greater willingness by Europeans and other allies to adopt the American view that al-Qaida is at the core of the conflict.

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Pa. clerk's impromptu price guarantee goes awry

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Police in western Pennsylvania say a man snatched $60 from a gas station clerk in an aborted bet about cigarette prices. The man was caught and repaid the money under the watchful eye of a state trooper.

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Phoenix's Serial Shooter Gets 6 Death Sentences

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The main suspect in the Phoenix Serial Shooter attacks was sentenced to death Friday for six murders that put the city on edge for nearly two years. Dale Hausner was convicted earlier this month of killing six people and attacking 19 others in random nighttime shootings in 2005 and 2006.

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Woman arrested 3 times in 3 days for drunk driving

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A 60-year-old Washington woman arrested for drunken driving three times in three days while vacationing in Wisconsin has been sentenced to a month in jail. The woman was arrested first at 2 p.m. March 11, 2008. A deputy saw her try to drive out of a ditch, wearing only one shoe and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.21, authorities said. The legal driving limit is .08.

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River reaches record high in Fargo, region braces

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The rising Red River broke a 112-year record early Friday and threatened the dikes fortifying the city, but the mayor pledged to "go down swinging" as he called for more evacuations and additional National Guard troops to prevent a devastating flood. Across the river in Moorhead, Minn., city officials asked about one-third of the households in the town of about 35,000 to voluntarily evacuate because of the flooding threat.

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Suicide attack kills 48 at Pakistani mosque

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A suicide bomber demolished a mosque packed with hundreds of worshippers attending Friday prayers near the Afghan border, killing at least 48 people and injuring scores more, in the bloodiest attack in Pakistan this year.

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Wash. police chief checks Blackberry, hits car

Updated: 03/27/2009 - - The police chief of the south Seattle suburb of Federal Way has issued a public apology for a minor traffic accident that happened while he was checking his BlackBerry in his unmarked police car.

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Criticism Over Obama Invite Mounts at Notre Dame

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Jimmy Carter came to Notre Dame in 1977. So did Ronald Reagan in 1981 and George W. Bush in 2001. The University of Notre Dame has a tradition of inviting new presidents to speak at graduation. But this year's selection of President Barack Obama has been met by a barrage of criticism that has left some students fearing their commencement ceremony will turn into a circus.

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Toilet sausage chef causes prison unit evacuation

Updated: 03/27/2009 - An inmate's attempt to heat up sausages in his toilet went up in smoke when the cooking fire forced a unit evacuation at a Washington prison. Clallam Bay Corrections Center spokeswoman Denise Larson says 130 inmates were evacuated to a dining hall when smoke was

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Mich. man pleads guilty in self-reported break-in

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A Michigan man accused of breaking into a gas station - and then calling police himself so he could see his brother in jail - has pleaded to a lesser charge. Matthew Robert Kiss, 24, of Imlay City, pleaded guilty Friday to attempted breaking and entering.

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Florida Realtor Uses Boat to Display Foreclosed Homes

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Here at the epicenter of the nation's housing crisis, an ebullient Marc Joseph bounces off a pontoon boat onto a dock behind a lovely waterfront home — it was recently vacated when its former inhabitants couldn't pay the mortgage.

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KB Home reports loss in 1Q

Updated: 03/27/2009 - KB Home slashed its first quarter losses by 78 percent as cash-conscious homebuyers flocked to the builder's smaller and more affordable homes, but the company warned Friday the U.S. housing market has yet to hit bottom.

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Man tosses gas bomb in fight, sets own cars ablaze

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Authorities said a man threw a Molotov cocktail at his neighbor's trailer, but the wind shifted and set fire to two cars, a pickup and a travel trailer in the man's own yard. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that a 51-year-old man got into a fight with his neighbor on Tuesday night and threw the makeshift gasoline bomb.

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Google Dumps 200 Jobs in Company's Largest Layoffs

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Google Inc. is jettisoning nearly 200 workers in its largest round of layoffs yet, demonstrating that even highly profitable companies are feeling the recession's pinch.

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Man puts finger in gas tank, gets stuck for hours

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A Michigan man has learned not to stick his fingers in certain places. Victor Harris, of Saginaw, Michigan, was pouring a fuel additive into his Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicle Thursday when a piece of paper fell into the gas tank. Harris tried to fish the paper out, but his index finger became stuck in the gas tank.

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Investors Cash in Some Gains From Big Rally

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Caution reasserted itself on Wall Street Friday, sending stocks sharply lower but not enough to prevent the market from heading for its third straight weekly advance.

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Iraqi PM says shoe-thrower had fair trial

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says his government did not intervene in the trial of the journalist who hurled his shoes at former President George W. Bush, but offered little sympathy for the man many consider a hero for his protest

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AT&T to =Start Sending Copyright Warnings

Updated: 03/27/2009 - AT&T Inc., the nation's largest Internet service provider, will start sending warnings to its subscribers when music labels and movie studios allege that they are trafficking in pirated material, according to an executive.

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UK foreign secretary: Iraq inquiry to be held soon

Updated: 03/27/2009 - An official inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war and its aftermath will begin soon after the bulk of British troops leave the country this summer, the foreign secretary said Wednesday.

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