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Vegas mayor tells Obama his comments harmed city

Updated: 02/11/2009 - The mayor of Las Vegas told President Barack Obama in a letter that his criticism of companies using taxpayer money to visit Sin City is harmful to the tourist-dependent destination.

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Body dragged 17 miles on NYC highways

Updated: 02/11/2009 - A pedestrian was hit by an SUV, then was caught under a van and dragged nearly 17 miles through New York City early Wednesday before the driver realized what had happened, police said.

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North Korea appears to be readying missile test

Updated: 02/11/2009 - North Korea appeared to be gearing up Wednesday for another long-range missile test, the latest in a series of provocative acts seemingly aimed at stoking tensions with South Korea and winning the attention of the new U.S. president.

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Millions of animals dead in Australia fires

Updated: 02/11/2009 - Kangaroo corpses lay scattered by the roadsides while wombats that survived the wildfire's onslaught emerged from their underground burrows to find blackened earth and nothing to eat.

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Favre tells Jets he will retire after 18 seasons

Updated: 02/11/2009 - Brett Favre informed the New York Jets on Wednesday he will retire after 18 seasons, ending a record-setting career in which he was one of the NFL's premier quarterbacks.

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Explosions spark fire near Texas gas plant

Updated: 02/11/2009 - Two explosions near a gas processing plant in east Texas sparked grass fires and burned a trailer and several parked vehicles Wednesday, officials said.

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DNA ties dead man to 1984 Ill. killings of 2 girls

Updated: 02/11/2009 - Police in central Illinois say they've used DNA testing to determine that a man now dead sexually assaulted and killed two young Decatur girls on Halloween night in 1984.

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Israeli rivals share tough line on Hamas and Iran

Updated: 02/11/2009 - Israel's new coalition government - whether led by hard-line Benjamin Netanyahu or his moderate rival Tzipi Livni - is likely to take a tough line on two burning issues: Hamas and Iran.

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Peanut co. owner refuses to testify at hearing

Updated: 02/11/2009 - The owner of a peanut company refused to testify to Congress on Wednesday amid the disclosure that he urged his workers to ship bacteria-tainted products, pleading with federal health officials that he should be able "turn the raw peanuts on the floor into money."

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Official: Wife pulled $15M before Madoff's arrest

Updated: 02/11/2009 - The wife of disgraced money manager Bernard Madoff withdrew more than $15 million from a firm co-owned by her husband - including $10 million on the day before his arrest on charges he ran a $50 billion Ponzi scheme, the top security regulator in Massachusetts said Wednesday.

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Vegas mayor tells Obama his comments harmed city

Updated: 02/11/2009 - The mayor of Las Vegas told President Barack Obama in a letter that his criticism of companies using taxpayer money to visit Sin City is harmful to the tourist-dependent destination.

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Ohio reports new death linked to salmonella strain

Updated: 02/11/2009 - The number of deaths linked to the nationwide salmonella outbreak rose to nine Wednesday when Ohio health officials announced that an elderly woman who died earlier this year had been infected with the strain involved.

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Body dragged 17 miles on NYC highways

Updated: 02/11/2009 - A pedestrian was hit by an SUV, then was caught under a van and dragged nearly 17 miles through New York City early Wednesday before the driver realized what had happened, police said.

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Twisters kill 8 people in Oklahoma, others injured

Updated: 02/11/2009 - Emergency crews on Wednesday searched for more victims amid the wreckage of homes and businesses smashed by a cluster of tornadoes that killed at least eight people.

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Ivy League ID thief sentenced to 4 years in prison

Updated: 02/11/2009 - A federal judge characterized a Montana woman who stole multiple identities over several years and faked her way into Ivy League schools as a scheming, manipulative criminal and sentenced her Wednesday to more than four years in prison.

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La. governor to give GOP response to Obama speech

Updated: 02/11/2009 - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will get another prominent GOP role later this month when he delivers the national Republican response to President Barack Obama's first speech to Congress.

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Pa. judges accused of jailing kids for cash

Updated: 02/11/2009 - For years, the juvenile court system in Wilkes-Barre operated like a conveyor belt: Youngsters were brought before judges without a lawyer, given hearings that lasted only a minute or two, and then sent off to juvenile prison for months for minor offenses.

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Mongold Scores Gold at the YMCA

Updated: 02/12/2009 - Terry Mongold eats breakfast three hours before the sun rises. He might even be eating barbeque when he starts his 3:30 a.m. shift at the Kuehne branch of the YMCA.

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DA Asks Police For More Investigation Of Brown

Updated: 02/11/2009 - Prosecutors said Tuesday they want more evidence from police before determining whether to press charges against Chris Brown, who's accused in a domestic dispute that reportedly involves pop superstar Rihanna.

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Wall Street Heads for Mixed Open

Updated: 02/11/2009 - Still reeling from the previous day's big losses, Wall Street was hesitant to make any major moves Wednesday. Stock futures were narrowly mixed as investors remained skeptical of the government's ability to pull the economy out of recession.

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