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New Orleans Ready For Final Mardi Gras Fling

Posted: 02/23/2009 - Mark and Vickie Myers, wearing pirate costumes and draped with beads, were heading out for another New Orleans custom — breakfast at Brennan's. It's a tribute to the city and the season that they had no worries about getting into the sedate French Quarter restaurant on the Monday before Mardi Gras.

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Moving nation from sick care toward wellness care

Posted: 02/23/2009 - Popping a pill can cut your cholesterol. But did the doctor also prescribe cutting the stress that's eroding your immune system? Or teach you how to exercise without worsening painful joints?

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Ticketmaster to Change Online Sales System

Posted: 02/23/2009 - Ticketmaster agreed Monday to change its online sales process after it directed people seeking Bruce Springsteen tickets to a subsidiary that charged up to 50 times the face value.

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SC Governor OKs $25 a Week Increase For Jobless

Posted: 02/23/2009 - The governor of South Carolina, a vocal opponent of federal bailouts in a state beset by one of the nation's highest jobless rates, has decided to take stimulus money to increase weekly unemployment checks by $25, officials said Monday.

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Guantanamo Detainee Freed After 4 Years in Prison

Posted: 02/23/2009 - The first Guantanamo detainee released since President Barack Obama took office returned to Britain on Monday, saying his seven years of captivity and torture at an alleged CIA covert site in Morocco went beyond his "darkest nightmares."

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Taliban pledges cease-fire in 2nd Pakistani region

Posted: 02/23/2009 - A Taliban commander announced a unilateral cease-fire Monday in a northwestern Pakistan region where the military says it has killed around 1,500 militants in an ongoing offensive.

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Sen. Bunning apologizes for Ginsburg cancer remark

Posted: 02/23/2009 - Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning apologized Monday to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for saying he believes she could die within a year from pancreatic cancer. At the same time, his planned bid for a third term in 2010 may have gotten tougher with one of Kentucky's top Republicans saying he has not ruled out a possible run.

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New England Snow Knocks Out Power, Shuts Schools

Posted: 02/23/2009 - A winter storm blew through northern New England on Monday, dumping 2 feet of snow in spots, forcing hundreds of schools to cancel classes and leaving tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power.

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Man Pleads Guilty to Day Care Molestations

Posted: 02/23/2009 - A man pleaded guilty to seven sex-related charges for molesting children as young as an infant at a small day care business his wife operated out of their home.

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Feds Explore Taking Bigger Stakes in Shaky Banks

Posted: 02/23/2009 - The government on Monday moved toward dramatically expanding its ownership stakes in the nation's banks — with Citigroup, the struggling titan of the industry, apparently at the top of the list.

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Poll: Public Wary Of More Bailouts

Posted: 02/23/2009 - While Americans support the notion the government providing financial help to struggling homeowners, many are resentful of beneficiaries they deem “irresponsible,” a new CBS News/New York Times poll finds.

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Apartment Building Evacuated After Early Morning Fire

Posted: 02/23/2009 - Crews worked to put out a small fire in Topeka early Monday morning. Authorities received the call just after midnight that there were flames at an apartment building in the 1300 block of southwest Van Buren.

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Meth Makers Leave behind a Toxic Trail at Motels

Posted: 02/23/2009 - Methamphetamine "cooks" are secretly converting hundreds of motel and hotel rooms into covert drug labs - leaving behind a toxic mess for unsuspecting customers and housekeeping crews.

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Gore, Clinton Headline Energy Conference

Posted: 02/23/2009 - Former Vice President Al Gore warned Monday against allowing lower oil prices to stall efforts to put a price on heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions to combat climate change and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

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Taliban Vows Cease-Fire In NW Pakistan

Posted: 02/23/2009 - A Taliban commander announced a unilateral cease-fire Monday in a northwestern Pakistan region where the military says it has killed around 1,500 militants in an ongoing offensive.

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Street Signs For Mullet Place Keep Disappearing

Posted: 02/23/2009 - The hairstyle is short on the top and long in the back, and in Green Bay the mullet has it's very own street signs _ at least when the signs haven't been stolen. Mullet Place may not be named for the kind of hair design that became popular a few decades ago, but fans apparently like to grab the signs anyway because they disappear several times a year.

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50 Jobs, 50 States In A Year, Man Gives It A Try

Posted: 02/23/2009 - At a time when some people are having trouble finding one job, Daniel Seddiqui is lining up 50, one in every state. Each job symbolizes the state's most famous industry, and each lasts one week, just long enough for the 26-year-old to appreciate the labor and explore the region.

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Regulators Pledge To Shore Up U.S. Banks

Posted: 02/23/2009 - Federal regulators pledged Monday to do all they can to shore up the struggling U.S. banking system and said they will launch a revamped program to inject fresh capital into financial institutions this week.

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"Slumdog" Win Cheered In Mumbai's Slums

Posted: 02/23/2009 - Children broke into Bollywood dance numbers and crowds cheered in the narrow lanes of a teeming Mumbai slum on Monday as their hometown heroes nabbed Hollywood's highest honors.

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Obama Vows To Halve Deficit In 4 Years

Posted: 02/23/2009 - President Barack Obama, battling to keep the U.S. economy afloat, pledged Monday to cut the U.S. budget deficit by half in four years even as he dispatched $15 billion to the states to help them make health care payments to the poor.

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