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Paula Abdul Says Her Contract is Up This Season

Updated: 04/21/2009 - Paula Abdul said her contract is up this season on "American Idol," and that no one can ever replace her. In an interview with Cynthia McFadden, airing Thursday on ABC News "Nightline" at 11:35 p.m. EDT, Abdul said that she loves the show, especially this season, which has a fourth judge, Kara DioGuardi.

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Desperate Housewives' Death Draws No Crowd

Updated: 04/21/2009 - The death of Edie Britt didn't draw much of a crowd to ABC's "Desperate Housewives." Sunday's episode of the comic soap, where Nicollette Sheridan's memorable character was killed off via electrocution when her car hit a power pole, was seen by 13.9 million people on Sunday, according to Nielsen Media Research.

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Obama Signs $5.7 Billion National Service Bill, Calls on Americans to Volunteer

Updated: 04/21/2009 - Calling on Americans to volunteer, President Barack Obama signed a $5.7 billion national service bill Tuesday that triples the size of the AmeriCorps service program over the next eight years and expands ways for students to earn money for college. "What this legislation does, then, is to help harness this patriotism and connect deeds to needs," said Obama, a former community organizer in Chicago.

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Police: Boston Med Student Held in Masseuse's Death Targeted Women He Met on Craigslist

Updated: 04/21/2009 - Philip Markoff seemed to have a good life: The handsome, clean-cut, 23-year-old medical student was planning a lavish beachfront wedding this summer to a beautiful woman. But authorities say his computer and surveillance video paint a picture of a suspected serial criminal who targeted women offering erotic services through Craigslist. Now he's accused of killing one and suspected of robbing and tying up another.

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Report: Fraud Risk High In Bailout Plan

Updated: 04/21/2009 - Taxpayers are increasingly exposed to losses and the government is more vulnerable to fraud under Obama administration initiatives that have created a federal bank bailout program of "unprecedented scope," a government report finds.

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4 New Egyptian Temples Discovered In Sinai

Updated: 04/21/2009 - Archaeologists exploring an old military road in the Sinai have unearthed four new temples amidst the 3,000-year-old remains of an ancient fortified city that could have been used to impress foreign delegations visiting Egypt, antiquities authorities announced Tuesday.

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Financial Stocks Give Wall Street A Boost

Updated: 04/21/2009 - Rising bank stocks pulled the market higher Tuesday after Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress most banks had adequate capital and that some could pay back some government loans.

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FBI Guard Accused Of Spying On Naked Girls

Updated: 04/21/2009 - A veteran FBI security guard accused of spying on teenage girls as they tried on dresses at a charity event at a mall is innocent and mortified by the charges, his lawyer said Tuesday.

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Pirate Suspect Cries At Hearing In NYC

Updated: 04/21/2009 - A federal judge in New York has determined that the sole survivor of a pirate attack on an American cargo ship off the Somali coast is an adult.

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Topeka Trades Mulch for Food for Earth Day, Project Topeka

Updated: 04/21/2009 - The City of Topeka is offering a free load of mulch this week in exchange for four cans of food. The mulch may be picked up at the yard materials recycling facility, north and east of I-70 and Macvicar.

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Topeka Zoo Lion Moves to Texas

Updated: 04/21/2009 - Adia, a nearly two-year old lion club from the Topeka Zoo, has relocated to the Ellen Trout Zoo in Luftkin, Texas as part of a breeding program.

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Man Jailed in Connection with High-Speed Chase

Updated: 04/21/2009 - 36-year old Russell Loomis faces 14 charges, including fleeing and assaulting a law enforcement officer, in connection with a high-speed chase in Topeka.

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Dutch Navy Under Fire for 'Idiotic' Pirate Release

Updated: 04/21/2009 - Dutch marines board a fishing boat and free two dozen Yemenis from Somali pirates. They seize and destroy AK-47s and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher but then put the nine bandits back in their skiff and set them free.

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Hawking's Family 'Looking Forward' to Recovery

Updated: 04/21/2009 - Physicist Stephen Hawking was hospitalized overnight for a chest infection but his family "is looking forward" to a full recovery, Cambridge University said Tuesday.

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Lockheed Martin Profit Falls 9 Percent in 1st Qtr

Updated: 04/21/2009 - Lockheed Martin Corp. said Tuesday that its first-quarter earnings fell nearly 9 percent as growing pension costs more than offset higher sales of missiles, satellites and government information technology.

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Hawking's family 'looking forward' to recovery

Updated: 04/21/2009 - Physicist Stephen Hawking was hospitalized overnight for a chest infection but his family "is looking forward" to a full recovery, Cambridge University said Tuesday.

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Israel Marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

Updated: 04/21/2009 - Hanita Leshem's parents handed her over to a Christian family in Ukraine in 1941, when she was just a year old, to save her from the Nazi troops murdering the Jews there.

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