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Court: Va. man owns 1776 copy of Declaration

Updated: 02/27/2009 - A rare 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence belongs to a Virginia technology entrepreneur, not the state of Maine, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Friday.

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Illinois mystery: Placentas found in sewage system

Updated: 02/27/2009 - Someone is disposing of placentas in the sewage system and authorities in central Illinois just want it to stop. Workers in Urbana-Champaign found a placenta Thursday in a filter that keeps large objects out of the sewage treatment plant. It was the third found this year.

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Enemy combatant case moved into civilian courts

Updated: 02/27/2009 - Federal authorities have unsealed an indictment against alleged al-Qaida sleeper agent Ali al-Marri, moving him into the civilian court system as the Obama administration considers a new strategy for handling terror suspects.

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Court: Va. man owns 1776 copy of Declaration

Updated: 02/27/2009 - A rare 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence belongs to a Virginia technology entrepreneur, not the state of Maine, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Friday. Richard Adams Jr. of Fairfax County purchased the document from a London book dealer in 2001 for $475,000. But the state of Maine claimed it belongs to the town of Wiscasset, where it was kept by the town clerk in 1776.

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Enemy combatant case moved into civilian courts

Updated: 02/27/2009 - Federal authorities have unsealed an indictment against alleged al-Qaida sleeper agent Ali al-Marri, moving him into the civilian court system as the Obama administration considers a new strategy for handling terror suspects. Al-Marri has been held in a Navy brig outside Charleston, S.C. for more than five years since President George W. Bush declared him an enemy combatant.

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Hundreds Detained, 40 Dead In Bangladesh

Updated: 02/27/2009 - Security forces have detained hundreds of fleeing border guards and set up roadblocks across Bangladesh since a bloody two-day revolt against military officers reportedly left at least 40 people dead, officials and a local TV report said Friday.

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Airlines, plane maker sued over crash near Buffalo

Updated: 02/27/2009 - Relatives of a passenger killed when a commuter plane crashed outside Buffalo have sued Continental Airlines and the flight's operators, claiming the aircraft had inadequate deicing equipment and an improperly trained crew.

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Ex-Employee Blew Whistle On Stanford

Updated: 02/27/2009 - A former employee of Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford's financial operation blew the whistle on what she called a "Ponzi scheme to defraud [the bank's] clients,” over five years ago, reports the Financial Times.

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FDIC Ups Bank Fees To Boost Insurance Fund

Updated: 02/27/2009 - Federal regulators are raising the fees paid by U.S. banks and thrifts, and levying an emergency premium to rebuild a deposit insurance fund depleted by a cascade of bank failures.

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Ed McMahon, 85, Hospitalized in Los Angeles

Updated: 02/27/2009 - Ed McMahon, former sidekick to Johnny Carson on "Tonight" and a familiar TV commercial pitchman, was hospitalized in intensive care, a spokesman said Friday. McMahon, 85, was suffering from pneumonia and other ailments and had been in the hospital for several weeks, spokesman Howard Bragman said. He declined to identify the Los Angeles facility or the other illnesses.

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Violence Between Repo Men, Car Owners On The Rise

Updated: 02/27/2009 - Alone in his mobile home off a winding dirt road, Jimmy Tanks heard a commotion at 2:30 a.m. just outside his bedroom window: Somebody was messing with his car.

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Economy Shrinks at Fastest Pace in 26 Years

Updated: 02/27/2009 - The economy contracted at a staggering 6.2 percent pace at the end of 2008, the worst showing in a quarter-century, as consumers and businesses ratcheted back spending, plunging the country deeper into recession.

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OP Officer Paid Back $8 for 1988 Act of Kindness

Updated: 02/27/2009 - An Overland Park police officer has received $8 he didn't expect he'd ever get back from a motorcyclist passing through town, out of gas and broke 21 years ago.

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Kansas House Passes Coal Bill

Updated: 02/27/2009 - The House passes a bill allowing Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build two coal-fired power plants in western Kansas.

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