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Miami sex offenders still living under bridge

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A sandy shoreline runs outside Patrick Wiese's front door. A white crane toes through gentle blue-green waters as the sun beams overhead. The view of downtown is spectacular, the fishing good and the rent free.

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Gay marriage effort shifts back to New England

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Vermont was the first state to outlaw slavery. Neighboring New Hampshire declared its independence from England before any other colony. Maine led the way with Prohibition.

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Fallujah is test case for post-US Iraq

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The Americans are gone from Fallujah, but the "King of Kentucky Chicken Restaurant" is open for business in a bullet-pocked building.

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AP Source: Ex-Miss. gov to get nod for Navy post

Updated: 03/27/2009 - President Barack Obama will nominate former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus to be secretary of the Navy, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press on Friday.

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Longtime NBC newsman Irving R. Levine dies at 86

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Irving R. Levine, the bow-tied NBC newsman who explained the fine points of economics to millions of viewers for nearly a quarter century, has died. He was 86.

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Spokane residents smuggle suds over green varities

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The quest for squeaky-clean dishes has turned some law-abiding people in Spokane into dishwater-detergent smugglers. They are bringing Cascade or Electrasol in from out of state because the eco-friendly varieties required under Washington state law don't work as well. Spokane County became the launch pad last July for the nation's strictest ban on dishwasher detergent made with phosphates, a measure aimed at reducing water pollution. The ban will be expanded statewide in July 2010, the same time similar laws take effect in several other states.

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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 breached one of 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.

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NCAA top seeds N. Carolina, Louisville play tonight

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Syracuse plays Oklahoma and top-seed North Carolina takes on Gonzaga tonight in the NCAA's South Regional semifinals. In the Midwest, top-seed Louisville plays 12th-seed Arizona and Michigan State plays defending national champion Kansas.

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US judge orders Iran to pay $25M for Hamas killing

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A federal judge on Friday ordered Iran to pay $25 million plus interest to the family of Israeli soldier Nachshon Wachsman, who was kidnapped and executed by Hamas in 1994.

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VA says 10 colonoscopy patients have hepatitis

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The Veterans Affairs department says 10 people have tested positive for infectious liver disease since they were exposed to contaminated colonoscopy equipment.

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Rapper T.I. sentenced to year on weapons charges

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Rapper T.I. was sentenced Friday to one year and a day in prison after pleading guilty to federal weapons charges after he tried to buy a stash of machine guns and silencers to protect himself after his best friend was killed.

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$150M buys you late TV producer's L.A. mansion

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The widow of producer Aaron Spelling is placing "The Manor" in the exclusive Holmby Hills neighborhood on the market for a jaw-dropping $150 million, making it by far the most expensive home for sale in the U.S.

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'American Idol' Drills Down to 9 Contestants

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Michael Sarver got a crude awakening Thursday night from his "American Idol" life. The 27-year-old oil rig worker from Jasper, Texas, made his final plea by belting out "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," but it just wasn't slick enough for the judges to overrule the votes of viewers.

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Obama: Taliban and al-Qaida Must Be Stopped

Updated: 03/27/2009 - President Barack Obama on Friday ordered 4,000 more military troops into Afghanistan, vowing to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat" the terrorist al-Qaida network in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan.

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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 breached one of 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.

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Shuttle Crew Prepares For Return To Earth

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The Discovery astronauts prepared for their return home Saturday, checking out the space shuttle's re-entry systems and packing for the glide back to Earth to close out a challenging space station assembly mission.

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Japan OKs deployment of missile defense system

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Japan took the rare step Friday of ordering missile-equipped battleships and missile interceptors to protect the northern coast, preparing should a rocket launch by communist North Korea go awry. Still, Tokyo urged calm and said the likelihood of rocket debris falling on the country was low.

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Japan OKs deployment of missile defense system

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Japan took the rare step Friday of ordering missile-equipped battleships and missile interceptors to protect the northern coast, preparing should a rocket launch by communist North Korea go awry. Still, Tokyo urged calm and said the likelihood of rocket debris falling on the country was low.

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Jury Finds Tiller Not Guilty in Abortion Case

Dr. George Tiller

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Jurors have found one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers not guilty of violating Kansas law requiring an independent, second opinion for the procedure.

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Consumer spending up for second straight month

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The government says consumers increased spending for a second straight month in February even though their incomes slipped due to continuing massive layoffs.

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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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