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Kevin Costner and wife become Parents of Baby Boy

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Kevin Costner and his wife are proud parents of a baby boy. Costner's wife Christine Baumgartner, 34, gave birth to Hayes Logan Costner on Thursday night in Los Angeles, said his publicist Arnold Robinson. He weighs 8 pounds, 15 ounc

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Judge in Medtronic Case Didn't Disclose Son's Work

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Medtronic Inc. on Friday defended a judge who dismissed thousands of lawsuits against the company amid revelations that his son works for a law firm that represents the medical device maker.

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Zardari: We Underestimated Taliban Threat

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Pakistan's new president, Asif Ali Zardari, says his nuclear-armed government is in a battle to survive against the growing threat of the Taliban, which his country failed to take strong action against earlier.

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Female Suicide Bomber Kills 40 In Iraq

Posted: 02/13/2009 - A female suicide bomber Friday struck a tent filled with women and children resting during a Shiite pilgrimage south of Baghdad, killing 40 people and wounding about 80 in the deadliest of three straight days of attacks against Shiite worshippers.

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Man Charged In Australian Wildfires

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Authorities charged a man Friday with lighting one of the wildfires that killed a total of more than 180 people in Australia, and whisked him into protective custody to guard him from public fury.

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Obama Hails Stimulus Victory, Says More to Do

Posted: 02/13/2009 - With Congress poised to hand him a big victory on the stimulus plan, President Barack Obama hailed the massive bill and the "spirited debate" that accompanied it.

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Rockets Hit Israel, Hamas: Close To Deal

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Two rockets fired by Gaza militants hit near a communal farm and the Israeli town of Sderot Friday, the Israeli military said.

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Study: Binge Drinking Common In Military

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Researchers at the University of Minnesota say 43 percent of active-duty military personnel admit to frequent binge-drinking.

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GM Bankruptcy In Bondholders' Hands

Posted: 02/13/2009 - We forgave billions in debt, now give us more money. This is the message General Motors bondholders have sent to the flailing automaker along with the threat of pushing the company into bankruptcy, according to a newspaper report.

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Siblings Allegedly Forge Document To Skip School

Posted: 02/13/2009 - A brother and sister who allegedly forged a court document to get out of school now have a court date for real. Woonsocket police officials told The Providence Journal the siblings sneaked a genuine Family Court document with a date to appear in court from a relative, scanned the letter and forged the name of a clinical case manager.

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Ore. Man Loses Ear Lobe In Fight Over Parking Spot

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Police said two roommates began fighting over a parking space on Thursday night, and the dispute ended when one man bit off the other's ear lobe. Officer Kevin Krebs said it appeared that the victim came home and parked in a spot preferred by his roommate, starting the fight.

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Luxury Stores in Moscow Shut Doors Amid Crisis

Posted: 02/13/2009 - As the global financial crisis and low oil prices deplete the fortunes of Russia's super rich, the market for luxury goods in Moscow is shrinking and some designer boutiques are shutting their doors.

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Passenger Jet Crash Lands In London

Posted: 02/13/2009 - A British Airways passenger jet carrying 71 people crash-landed at London City Airport on Friday evening after part of its landing gear failed, officials said. One person was taken to a hospital with a minor injury.

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Blackwater Dumps Tarnished Brand Name

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Blackwater Worldwide is abandoning its tarnished brand name as it tries to shake a reputation battered by oft-criticized work in Iraq, renaming its family of two dozen businesses under the name Xe.

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Beyonce, Hudson Win NAACP Image Awards

Posted: 02/13/2009 - It was a dreamy night for a couple of "Dreamgirls." Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson both glided away with trophies Thursday and wowed the audience with individual performances during the 40th annual NAACP Image Awards.

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Average American Net Worth Drops 23%

Posted: 02/13/2009 - The recession has cut many Americans' net worth by about 20 percent as the value of homes, stock portfolios and businesses have plummeted, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.

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Toyota Cuts Exec Pay, Eliminates Bonuses

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Toyota Motor Corp. is reacting to the slump in U.S. auto sales by further cutting North American production, slashing executives' compensation up to 30 percent and offering buyouts to about 18,000 workers.

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NTSB: Plane Crew Saw Significant Ice Before Crash

Posted: 02/13/2009 - The crew of a commuter plane that fell out of the sky, killing all 49 people aboard and one person on the ground, noticed significant ice buildup on the wings and windshield just before the plane began pitching and rolling violently, investigators said Friday.

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Dream Weddings Get Caught Up in Economic Nightmare

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Maria Ayson and Nolan Green Jr. should be married by now. The couple set a date, picked their reception hall, bought the dress, booked the photographer and ordered the cake for a Saturday last August. Then came the bad news. "When he got laid off, we were kind of caught with our pants down," said Ayson

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US photographer wins award for housing crisis shot

Posted: 02/13/2009 - A U.S. photographer won the top prize in the World Press Photo competition Friday with an image of a police officer searching a debris-strewn home in Cleveland, Ohio to ensure evicted residents had left after a mortgage foreclosure.

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Albrecht Suffers No Permanent Damage after Crash

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht will suffer no permanent damage to his health from brain and lung injuries following his downhill training crash last month, doctors said Friday

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Wild Winds Kill 5, Knock Out Power To Many

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Wild winds with gusts topping 60 mph blew from the Great Lakes to the East Coast on Thursday, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of customers, disrupting travel and killing at least five people.

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