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Sesame Workshop announces layoffs

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit producer of "Sesame Street" and other kids' programs, says it's cutting 20 percent of its work force because of the recession.

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Jane Fonda Makes Broadway Return

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Jane Fonda, in what she calls the "second scene of her third act," has thrown herself into stage work with characteristic glee - no surprise for a woman who doesn't do things halfway.

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Some states push back against stem cell research

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A showdown is shaping up in some of the nation's most conservative states over embryonic stem cell research, as opponents draw language and tactics from the battle over abortion to counter President Barack Obama's plan to ease research restrictions.

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3 execs, 81 cars missing from Nebraska dealership

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Some of the dozens of new cars that vanished from a Nebraska car dealership have turned up in other states and warrants have been issued for three missing executives, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

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Drug Smugglers Using Ultralights to Cross Border

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Smugglers facing strengthened border defenses have turned to an old and risky tactic - using single-seat ultralight aircraft to fly marijuana loads into the country.

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Octuplets mom says she's paying for new house

Updated: 03/11/2009 - The Southern California mother of octuplets said in a video posted online Wednesday that she - not her parents - is paying for the four-bedroom, three-bath home where she plans to raise her brood.

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89-year-old in kid football flap drops lawsuit

Updated: 03/11/2009 - An 89-year-old Ohio woman arrested for refusing to return a neighbor kid's football has dropped her lawsuit against the boy's parents. Edna Jester's attorney filed to drop the lawsuit on Monday.

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Judge: Vick must appear at hearing, pay for travel

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Fallen NFL star Michael Vick must appear at a bankruptcy hearing next month but should pay his own way from the Kansas prison where he is serving time for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy, a judge ruled Wednesday.

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Pa. DUI defendant claims that he's his own country

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A man accused of driving drunk said Pennsylvania courts have no jurisdiction over him because he's his own country. After seeing the paperwork that 44-year-old Scott Allan Witmer filed with the court claiming sovereignty, a Northampton County judge said Tuesday he cannot be released from jail until he gets a mental exam.

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Far from Tibet, one community is under tight guard

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Police with rifles and machine guns guard checkpoints at every entrance to the Tibetan quarter in this city of 10 million. Inside, police cars are parked every few yards, their lights flashing as dozens of troops march by monks and other shoppers.

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Former Nazi camp guard charged 29,000 times

Updated: 03/11/2009 - German prosecutors said Wednesday they have charged retired Ohio auto worker John Demjanjuk with more than 29,000 counts of accessory to murder for his time as a guard at the Nazis' Sobibor death camp, and will seek his extradition from the U.S.

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Rising navy, assertiveness behind US-China flap

Updated: 03/11/2009 - China's weekend scrap with a U.S. Navy surveillance ship is drawing attention to a new submarine base that Beijing is using to strengthen its presence on the strategically vital South China Sea, which it claims as a whole.

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3 execs, 81 cars missing from Nebraska dealership

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Some of the dozens of new cars that vanished from a Nebraska car dealership have turned up in other states and warrants have been issued for three missing executives, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

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Some states push back against stem cell research

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A showdown is shaping up in some of the nation's most conservative states over embryonic stem cell research, as opponents draw language and tactics from the battle over abortion to counter President Barack Obama's plan to ease research restrictions.

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Teen gunman kills self after slaying 15 in Germany

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A 17-year-old gunman dressed in black opened fire inside his former high school in southwestern Germany on Wednesday killing 15 people, 11 of them women and girls, before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.

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Judge: Vick must appear at hearing, pay for travel

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Fallen NFL star Michael Vick must appear at a bankruptcy hearing next month but should pay his own way from the Kansas prison where he is serving time for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy, a judge ruled Wednesday.

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US, China agree on need to reduce sea tensions

Updated: 03/11/2009 - The United States and China agreed Wednesday on the need to reduce tensions and avoid a repeat of a confrontation between American and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

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