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Wash. police chief checks Blackberry, hits car

Updated: 03/27/2009 - - The police chief of the south Seattle suburb of Federal Way has issued a public apology for a minor traffic accident that happened while he was checking his BlackBerry in his unmarked police car.

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Criticism Over Obama Invite Mounts at Notre Dame

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Jimmy Carter came to Notre Dame in 1977. So did Ronald Reagan in 1981 and George W. Bush in 2001. The University of Notre Dame has a tradition of inviting new presidents to speak at graduation. But this year's selection of President Barack Obama has been met by a barrage of criticism that has left some students fearing their commencement ceremony will turn into a circus.

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Toilet sausage chef causes prison unit evacuation

Updated: 03/27/2009 - An inmate's attempt to heat up sausages in his toilet went up in smoke when the cooking fire forced a unit evacuation at a Washington prison. Clallam Bay Corrections Center spokeswoman Denise Larson says 130 inmates were evacuated to a dining hall when smoke was

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Mich. man pleads guilty in self-reported break-in

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A Michigan man accused of breaking into a gas station - and then calling police himself so he could see his brother in jail - has pleaded to a lesser charge. Matthew Robert Kiss, 24, of Imlay City, pleaded guilty Friday to attempted breaking and entering.

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Florida Realtor Uses Boat to Display Foreclosed Homes

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Here at the epicenter of the nation's housing crisis, an ebullient Marc Joseph bounces off a pontoon boat onto a dock behind a lovely waterfront home — it was recently vacated when its former inhabitants couldn't pay the mortgage.

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KB Home reports loss in 1Q

Updated: 03/27/2009 - KB Home slashed its first quarter losses by 78 percent as cash-conscious homebuyers flocked to the builder's smaller and more affordable homes, but the company warned Friday the U.S. housing market has yet to hit bottom.

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Man tosses gas bomb in fight, sets own cars ablaze

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Authorities said a man threw a Molotov cocktail at his neighbor's trailer, but the wind shifted and set fire to two cars, a pickup and a travel trailer in the man's own yard. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that a 51-year-old man got into a fight with his neighbor on Tuesday night and threw the makeshift gasoline bomb.

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Google Dumps 200 Jobs in Company's Largest Layoffs

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Google Inc. is jettisoning nearly 200 workers in its largest round of layoffs yet, demonstrating that even highly profitable companies are feeling the recession's pinch.

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Man puts finger in gas tank, gets stuck for hours

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A Michigan man has learned not to stick his fingers in certain places. Victor Harris, of Saginaw, Michigan, was pouring a fuel additive into his Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicle Thursday when a piece of paper fell into the gas tank. Harris tried to fish the paper out, but his index finger became stuck in the gas tank.

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Investors Cash in Some Gains From Big Rally

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Caution reasserted itself on Wall Street Friday, sending stocks sharply lower but not enough to prevent the market from heading for its third straight weekly advance.

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Iraqi PM says shoe-thrower had fair trial

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says his government did not intervene in the trial of the journalist who hurled his shoes at former President George W. Bush, but offered little sympathy for the man many consider a hero for his protest

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AT&T to =Start Sending Copyright Warnings

Updated: 03/27/2009 - AT&T Inc., the nation's largest Internet service provider, will start sending warnings to its subscribers when music labels and movie studios allege that they are trafficking in pirated material, according to an executive.

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UK foreign secretary: Iraq inquiry to be held soon

Updated: 03/27/2009 - An official inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war and its aftermath will begin soon after the bulk of British troops leave the country this summer, the foreign secretary said Wednesday.

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AP IMPACT: It's fear that keeps Baghdad's peace

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The streets are calmer now. The fighting between Shiites and Sunnis has largely ceased. But this is not a sign of normalcy in the Iraqi capital. It's fear that keeps the peace.

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AP IMPACT: More bad wiring imperils troops in Iraq

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Military inspectors are racing to examine 90,000 U.S.-run facilities in Iraq with the goal of repairing electrical problems before more troops are electrocuted or shocked while showering or using appliances.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,262

Updated: 03/27/2009 - As of Thursday, March 26, 2009, at least 4,262 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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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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Major dates in Fallujah's war

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Major dates in the war in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, once the center of the insurgency:

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Ask AP: Pitched baseball speeds, grocery prices

Updated: 03/27/2009 - When fuel prices went way up last year, grocery prices did too, in part because it was more expensive to get the stuff from point A to point B. So why didn't the recent plummet in fuel prices make groceries cheaper again?

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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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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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