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Obama Nixes Mileage Tax Idea

Posted: 02/20/2009 - President Barack Obama will not adopt a policy to tax motorists based on how many miles they drive instead of how much gasoline they buy, his chief spokesman said Friday.

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Small-Town Sheriff Helps Inmate Win Freedom

Posted: 02/20/2009 - When Sheriff Rick Walter was a reserve deputy, he discovered slain college student Angela Mischelle Lawless in her idling car along a rural southeastern Missouri highway and was sure at least two people had attacked her.

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Obama: Washington Failed Katrina Victims

Posted: 02/20/2009 - President Barack Obama said Friday that residents of the U.S. Gulf Coast still are trying to rebuild three years after Hurricane Katrina and have not received the support they deserve from Washington.

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Bang for his buck: Man sunk by gun in bag of coins

Posted: 02/20/2009 - If only he had remembered to take the pistol out of a sack of nickels he brought to a bank, he may have remained free and not become a suspect in a recent burglary. An 18-year-old man entered the BancorpSouth branch Wednesday to change $88 worth of nickels to paper money, Camden police said. After spotting the gun, the teller told a supervisor, who called police.

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AP Interview: Reid Pushing for Climate Change Bill

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Democratic leaders in both the Senate and House want to take action this year to stem global warming, but the imploding economy and balking Senate Republicans are likely to make that difficult.

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Billionaire in Fraud Case Always saw Bright Future

Posted: 02/20/2009 - U.S. investigators say R. Allen Stanford's offshore bank and financial companies used rosy financial predictions and old-fashioned deceit to lure investors into a scam.

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Girl, 15, Faces Porn Charges For Sexting

Posted: 02/20/2009 - A 15-year-old girl from central Pennsylvania faces child pornography charges after police say she sent nude pictures of herself over the Internet.

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Sprint loses $1.6B but investors see rays of hope

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Sprint Nextel Corp., the nation's third-largest wireless carrier, said Thursday it continued to lose customers and money in the fourth quarter and wrote down the remaining value of Sprint's 2005 purchase of Nextel Communications Inc.

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No Evidence Madoff Even Bought Stock

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The trustee in charge of untangling the mess brought on by the Bernard Madoff scandal told investors Friday there was no indication the disgraced money manager bought securities for his clients.

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Guantanamo Bay inmate to be sent to Britain

Posted: 02/20/2009 - A former U.K. resident who alleges he was tortured while in U.S. custody will soon be released from Guantanamo Bay and sent back to Britain, authorities said Friday.

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Japan Turns to 'Work-Sharing' to Avoid Layoffs

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Yasuo Igarashi spends a lot of time these days on the jungle gym with his daughter, after his employer joined the growing ranks of Japanese companies adopting "work-sharing" to ride out the global slump.

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Topeka Man Recovering from Early Morning Motel Stabbing

Updated: 02/20/2009 - Topeka Police say Kenneth Barsch got in an altercation with 20-year old Mathaniel Soliz and his 22-year old brother Matthew Soliz just after 3 a.m. Friday at the Regency Inn in the 3800 block of South Topeka Boulevard. The Soliz' are accused of stabbing Barsch several times.

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Bald Eagle Nest Found Near Wichita

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Wildlife officials confirm a bald eagle is nesting along the Arkansas River near Wichita, raising hopes the birds could be living in the area year-round.

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Details of Arizona Boy's Case May Never be Known

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The charges against a 9-year-old Arizona boy accused in a double homicide that shocked the nation have been resolved. But the mystery surrounding the case remains.

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Clinton Names Special North Korea Envoy

Posted: 02/20/2009 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton named a special envoy for North Korea on Friday but warned the communist nation that ties with the United States will not improve unless it stops threatening South Korea.

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SC Rep: Opposition to stimulus is slap in face

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The highest-ranking black congressman said Thursday that opposition to the federal stimulus package by southern GOP governors is "a slap in the face of African-Americans."

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Gov. Schwarzenegger to sign budget-balancing bill

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called California lawmakers "courageous" in narrowly approving a massive tax increase along with cutting billions in spending in a package of bills that await his signature Friday.

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