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BBC drops Thatcher daughter after reported remark

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The BBC says it has dropped Carol Thatcher, daughter of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as a contributor to a TV show after she reportedly used an offensive term in front of colleagues.

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Blagojevich tells Letterman he's misunderstood

Updated: 02/04/2009 - David Letterman's first guest appeared to the strains of "My Way." Then, ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was posed a question a lot of people wanted to ask.

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Springsteen fans cry foul after Ticketmaster snub

Updated: 02/04/2009 - A New Jersey congressman is demanding an investigation after Bruce Springsteen fans were unable to buy tickets from Ticketmaster's Web site - which then promptly offered them more expensive tickets from a subsidiary.

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Man refuses to show license, calls 911 during stop

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Authorities said a Florida man called 911 instead of showing his license during a traffic stop. A Florida Highway Patrol trooper stopped the 36-year-old man for speeding early Saturday on Interstate 4 in central Florida.

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Trooper working as referee nabs out-of-bounds fan

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Authorities say a 64-year-old Indiana man upset over the outcome of a high school basketball game attacked a referee - who happened to be a state trooper. Patrick Rempala, of Michigan City, is charged with battery and resisting arrest.

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Shoplifter tries to escape in mall security SUV

Updated: 02/04/2009 - State police said a man stole more than $300 in merchandise from stores at Christiana Mall and fled in a mall security SUV as guards closed in on him. Police said the man took $250 in clothes from Macy's and a $50 bottle of cologne from Abercrombie & Fitch on Friday afternoon. When mall security chased him, the man drove away in a Ford Escape used by mall security.

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Man celebrates birthday with 24-hour treadmill run

Updated: 02/04/2009 - A Twin Cities man was looking for a challenge, so he decided to celebrate his 30th birthday by running on a treadmill for 24 hours straight. B.J. Van Beusekom covered about 80 miles before he stopped running at noon Tuesday. He promptly went to the nearest chair and rested his obviously stiff legs.

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Man wearing sleeping bag as cape attempts robbery

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Authorities said a man wearing a sleeping bag as a cape and carrying a screwdriver as a weapon tried to rob someone in the parking lot of a Gainesville business. Police said a 46-year-old man approached the intended victim early Sunday morning and asked for money.

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Obama Caps Executive Pay Tied to Bailout Money

Updated: 02/04/2009 - President Barack Obama on Wednesday imposed $500,000 caps on senior executive pay for the most distressed financial institutions receiving federal bailout money, saying Americans are upset with "executives being rewarded for failure."

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Officials nab traveler with pigeons in his pants

Updated: 02/04/2009 - An Australian traveler was caught with two live pigeons stuffed in his pants following a trip to the Middle East, customs officials said Tuesday. The 23-year-old man was searched after authorities discovered two eggs in a vitamin container in his luggage, said Richard Janeczko, national investigations manager for the Customs Service

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Cops: Man puts 911 dispatcher on hold to buy drugs

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Police in Cleveland say a man called 911 because he felt he was in danger - then asked the dispatcher to hold on while he made a drug deal. Police Lt. Thomas Stacho said Tuesday that Alejandro Melendez was arrested after the call and was charged with possessing cocaine.

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Crocs, snakes feared in flooded Australian region

Updated: 02/04/2009 - As if torrents washing through homes and sweeping away furniture wasn't scary enough. Authorities in storm-battered northeastern Australia warned residents Wednesday to beware of crocodiles roaming the floodwaters covering large parts of Queensland.

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Last hospital in Sri Lanka war zone evacuated

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The last hospital in Sri Lanka's shrinking war zone was evacuated Wednesday as Red Cross staff and wounded civilians fled attacks that apparently included cluster munitions.

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Injured man dies after rejection by 14 hospitals

Updated: 02/04/2009 - A 69-year-old Japanese man injured in a traffic accident died after paramedics spent more than an hour negotiating with 14 hospitals before one admitted him, a fire department official said Wednesday.

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Scientist says dam may have triggered China quake

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Pressure from a dam, its reservoir's heavy waters weighing on geologic fault lines, may have helped trigger China's devastating earthquake last May, some scientists say, in a finding that suggests human activity played a role in the disaster.

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US plan to arm militias scares some in Afghanistan

Updated: 02/04/2009 - A U.S.-backed plan to create militias and give them guns to fight the Taliban is drawing criticism from local authorities in areas where the first units are being rolled out, raising questions as to whether the effort can succeed in Afghanistan.

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11 former Gitmo inmates on Saudi wanted list

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The Saudi government acknowledged Wednesday that 11 men on the country's most wanted list are former Guantanamo prisoners who went through rehabilitation, raising doubts about a program intended to counter extremist religious ideology.

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