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Low-tech tools take out phones in Silicon Valley

Updated: 04/12/2009 - Forget, for a moment, computer viruses and sophisticated cybercrimes. A hacksaw and a few other tools were probably all it took for someone to sever eight fiber-optic cables in Silicon Valley this week, knocking out cell phone, landline and Internet service.

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AP IMPACT: Citizens held as illegal immigrants

Updated: 04/12/2009 - Pedro Guzman has been an American citizen all his life. Yet in 2007, the 31-year-old Los Angeles native - in jail for a misdemeanor, mentally ill and never able to read or write - signed a waiver agreeing to leave the country without a hearing and was deported to Mexico as an illegal immigrant.

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Veterans groups moving from halls to home

Updated: 04/12/2009 - Milton Pierce's voice reverberated across the room as the former World War II bomber pilot called the roll at his monthly American Legion meeting.

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NTSB: Crew made fatal mistake on Mich. med plane

Updated: 04/12/2009 - A co-pilot may have accidentally activated the autopilot on a medical plane shortly before it crashed and killed both pilots and a four-member organ transplant team, according to a federal safety agency's report.

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Town rocked by arrest of Sunday school teacher

Updated: 04/12/2009 - Police and residents were shocked when the suspect in the killing of an 8-year-old girl found stuffed into a suitcase turned out to be a woman, the mother of the slain girl's best friend.

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Rioting follows state of emergency in Thai capital

Updated: 04/12/2009 - Swarms of anti-government protesters attacked the prime minister's car, seized control of major intersections in the capital and commandeered buses, bringing new chaos to the Thai capital as the country's ousted leader threatened to return from exile to lead a revolution.

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Official: US Sea Captain Freed in Swift Firefight

Updated: 04/12/2009 - An American ship captain was freed unharmed Sunday in a U.S. Navy operation that killed three of the four Somali pirates who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, a senior U.S. intelligence official said.

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Pope Carries Easter Candle in Vatican Basilica

Updated: 04/11/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI carried a tall, lit candle symbolizing Christian hope into a dramatically darkened St. Peter's Basilica packed with faithful Saturday night in the traditional start of the Vatican's vigil Mass on the eve of Easter.

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Lawyers question evidence in Levy case

Updated: 04/11/2009 - There are plenty of witnesses in the case against an imprisoned Salvadoran immigrant accused of killing former D.C. intern Chandra Levy - the ex-girlfriend who says she was beaten, other women he's convicted of attacking and a man believed to be a fellow inmate.

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AP IMPACT: Chinese drywall poses potential risks

Updated: 04/11/2009 - At the height of the U.S. housing boom, when building materials were in short supply, American construction companies used millions of pounds of Chinese-made drywall because it was abundant and cheap.

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No Strength In Numbers for America's Uninsured

Updated: 04/11/2009 - If the uninsured were a political lobbying group, they'd have more members than AARP. The National Mall couldn't hold them if they decided to march on Washington.

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FDA Reversal OKs Morphine Painkiller For Dying

Updated: 04/11/2009 - A liquid morphine painkiller given by family caregivers to dying patients can remain on the market, federal regulators have decided after hearing protests over their decision to remove it. The Food and Drug Administration had announced last week that it was ordering manufacturers to stop making 14 medications including the liquid morphine. All were developed so long ago they had never received FDA approval.

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7th Surgery Shows Face Transplants Gaining Ground

Updated: 04/11/2009 - Five years ago, it was the stuff of science fiction: Replace someone's face with one from a dead donor. But on Thursday, Boston doctors performed the world's seventh such transplant - less than a week after one in France - and plans are in the works for more.

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No strength in numbers for America's uninsured

Updated: 04/11/2009 - If the uninsured were a political lobbying group, they'd have more members than AARP. The National Mall couldn't hold them if they decided to march on Washington.

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Bills' Whitner zapped, arrested in Cleveland melee

Updated: 04/11/2009 - Cleveland police say Buffalo Bills defensive back Donte (DAWN'-tay) Whitner has been shocked with a stun gun and arrested by officers trying to control a rowdy crowd outside a nightclub.

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US ship reaches Kenya minus kidnapped captain

Updated: 04/11/2009 - Cheering and guarded by Navy Seals, the crew of an American ship reached a Kenyan port Saturday evening without their captain, still held hostage by Somali pirates in a lifeboat hundreds of miles from shore.

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California Sunday School Teacher Booked in Child Death

Updated: 04/11/2009 - Police said Saturday they do not know what motivated the Sunday school teacher they arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and killing an 8-year-old girl whose body was found in a suitcase dumped in an irrigation pond.

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