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Liberty's crown, closed since 9/11, to open July 4

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The Statue of Liberty's crown, with its exhilarating view of New York's skyscrapers, bridges and seaport, is reopening on Independence Day for the first time since terrorists leveled the World Trade Center just across the harbor.

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Son says US has ordered Demjanjuk to surrender

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Immigration agents served suspected Nazi guard John Demjanjuk on Friday with a notice to surrender to an immigration office in Cleveland, his son said.

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More than 30K ordered to flee Santa Barbara fire

Updated: 05/08/2009 - More than 30,000 people have been ordered to flee a wildfire that burned a five-mile-long front above wealthy coastal communities by Friday, after another hot, windy night in which the fire chief said "all hell broke loose."

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Sochi Olympic Construction Begins as Clock Ticks

Updated: 05/08/2009 - A dumptruck decorated with a Russian flag rattles down a dirt track on a massive fenced-in field, kicking up a plume of dust. Sochi was awarded the 2014 Olympics at an IOC meeting in Guatemala in 2007 after an impassioned address in English by Putin, then Russia's president, who emerged as Sochi's biggest booster and personally backed the bid.

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Boil Water Advisory for Jefferson Co. RWD #14

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The Kansas Dept. of Health and Envirnoment issued a boil water advisory Friday afternoon for Jefferson County Rural Water District 14. The advisory affects about 60 customers.

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Missouri "Munchkin": Mickey Carroll Dies

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Mickey Carroll was one of more than 100 adults and children who were recruited to play the movie natives of what author L. Frank Baum called Munchkin Country in his 1900 book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

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FDA: Kids At Risk From Testoterone Gel

Updated: 05/08/2009 - A little testosterone might be good for adults, but it can cause serious harm to children, federal health officials warned Thursday. The Food and Drug Administration said adults using prescription testosterone gel must be extra careful not to get any of it on children to avoid causing serious side effects.

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Gov't Sticks With Bush-Era Polar Bear Rule

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The Obama administration on Friday let stand a Bush-era regulation that limits protection of the polar bear from global warming, saying that a law protecting endangered species shouldn't be used to take on the broader issue of climate change.

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Baby Names: Barack, Miley Move Up; Emma, Jacob Rule

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Emma ended Emily's 12-year reign as the No. 1 baby name for girls in 2008, the Social Security Administration announced Friday. Jacob was at the top for the 10th straight year.

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Obama: Encouraging Signs, But Too Many Out of Work

Updated: 05/08/2009 - President Barack Obama said Friday there have been "somewhat encouraging" improvements in the country's stricken labor markets, but the rate of joblessness is "still a sobering toll."

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Wall Street Pushes Higher after Jobs Data

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Investors pushed stocks higher Friday, relieved by better-than-expected jobs data and confirmation that big banks don't need as much capital as some had feared.

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Layoffs Slow to 539K in April; Jobless Rate Rises

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The pace of layoffs slowed in April when employers cut 539,000 jobs, the fewest in six months. But the unemployment rate climbed to 8.9 percent, the highest since late 1983, as many businesses remain wary of hiring given all the economic uncertainties.

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Strip Mall Explosion Caught on Tape

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The incident occurred Thursday at the Penn Mar shopping center in Forestville, Maryland. Crews were called to the center for a report of a natural gas leak.

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Amateur Video Catches US-Taliban Fighting

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The U.S. military said Friday that reports that as many as 147 civilians died in fighting involving American forces and the Taliban were "extremely over-exaggerated.

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Bank Robbery Suspect Leaves Wallet Behind

Updated: 05/08/2009 - A Kansas City man robbed a bank, but maybe it easy for police to find him by leaving behind his wallet, which held his driver's license.

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Kan. Teen Offers Sister in Craigslist Joke

Updated: 05/08/2009 - A Craigslist posting offering a 4-year-old Kansas girl to anybody willing to take her off the seller's hands has been found to be a joke. But police aren't laughing.

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House Takes Up Energy Bill, Budget Issue

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The Kansas House is expected to approve an energy bill that would allow a new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas. Legislators are also continuing work on the state budget.

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Illinois Ex-Cop Charged in Death of 3rd Wife

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Drew Peterson, the former police sergeant who went on a high-profile media blitz after his fourth wife's disappearance more than 1 1/2 years ago, is facing murder charges in the death of a previous wife.

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