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Powerful NY lawmaker says he'll support Kennedy

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Despite early reservations, New York state's most powerful legislative leader now says he'll support Caroline Kennedy for the U.S. Senate if the governor names her to the seat expected to be vacated by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Obama to meet with lawmakers, former presidents

Updated: 01/02/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama will meet with congressional leaders to discuss his economic stimulus plan and other legislative issues soon after his arrival in Washington in the coming days.

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Rice vows hard work on arranging Gaza cease-fire

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday said the United States and key world allies were pushing hard for a "durable and sustainable" cease-fire in Gaza, but there was no end in sight to the violence. The top U.S. diplomat said she was not planning an emergency visit to the region.

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Some women threaten no sex if men shoot fireworks

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Some women in Naples said they won't make love if their men shoot off dangerous fireworks on New Year's Eve. "Se Spari, Niente Sesso" (If you shoot, no sex), as the reported group calls itself, claims to have signed up hundreds of women in the Naples area to combat celebrations that injure or maim hundreds each year.

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Eggs served cold on Detroit-area freeway

Updated: 01/02/2009 - State troopers and road crews had to scramble when a tractor-trailer crashed and spilled its load of eggs on a Detroit-area freeway. Trooper Jim Smiley says eastbound Interstate 94 in Washtenaw County's Ypsilanti Township reopened about 1 a.m. Thursday after being shut down for six hours.

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Man who aided bicycle theft plan has bike stolen

Updated: 01/02/2009 - A former Fort Lauderdale city commissioner who helped create a program to combat bicycle theft had his own bike stolen while trying to help people involved in a vehicle crash.

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Police say alleged drug dealer accepted gift cards

Updated: 01/02/2009 - You can call it a case of creative drug-dealing. Athens police have a 38-year-old man in custody for allegedly accepting gift cards for payment for crack cocaine and prescription drugs. Police Captain Marty Bruce, a spokesman, said the man was arrested Monday night. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

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The Business Of Bartering

Updated: 01/02/2009 - CBS Evening News: The recession has forced many cash-strapped Americans to resurrect a depression-era tradition.

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Alleged beef, lobster thief says 'times are tough'

Updated: 01/02/2009 - This alleged grocery thief apparently has a taste for finer cuisine. Racine police said 43-year-old Brian A. Rubenstein tried to steal $625 in groceries, including $365 in lobster and $213 in ribeye and beef roasts. Police said the Kenosha man was arrested Dec. 23 after store employees caught him walking out with a loaded cart.

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NY driver's test ends with bystander in hospital

Updated: 01/02/2009 - NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) -- Police say a woman taking a driving test ended up pinning a bystander after losing control of the car on a snowy Westchester County road. New Rochelle police said the 23-year-old driver rounded a corner Wednesday morning, lost traction and trapped a man cleaning snow off his car. Lt. George Marshall says the examiner tried to use the test car's secondary set of brakes, but they failed.

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Woman, 89, who kept boy's football, sues parents

Updated: 01/02/2009 - An 89-year-old Cincinnati-area woman arrested for confiscating the neighbor kid's football is now suing the boy's parents. Edna Jester filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court claiming she has suffered emotional distress because footballs and other playthings belonging to her next-door neighbors keep landing in her yard.

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Think-Off 2009: 'Ever wrong to do right?'

Updated: 01/02/2009 - - A tricky question of morality is this year's brainteaser in the annual philosophy competition called the Great American Think-Off.

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Man tries to deter drunk driving with paintballs

Updated: 01/02/2009 - A man in Washington state who reportedly told police he was trying to deter a friend from driving drunk by blasting the friend's windshield with paintballs wound up in jail.

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Kan. Taxes Fall Short in December

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Preliminary figures from the Department of Revenue show the state collected almost $482 million in December. But financial forecasters had predicted more than $519 million in tax collections.

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Iraqi Parliament delays vote on foreign troops

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Iraq's parliament speaker has delayed a session to approve a resolution allowing British and other non-American troops to remain in Iraq until July 2009.

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Retailers Face Bleak 2009

Updated: 01/02/2009 - CBS Evening News: More than 200,000 stores expected to close; but strong companies will benefit .

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UN extends protection for Iraqi assets

Updated: 01/02/2009 - In a move sought by Iraq at a critical transition, the Security Council voted unanimously Monday to maintain U.N. protection for billions of dollars of Iraqi assets against seizure by governments, companies or individuals until the end of 2009.

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