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Worldwide Hopes Soar For Obama Inauguration

Updated: 01/20/2009 - The arrival of a new American president triggered joy and jubilation Tuesday in a world made weary by warfare, recession and fear. Bulls and goats were slaughtered for feasts in Kenya, toasts were offered at black-tie balls in Europe and shamans in Latin America chanted Barack Obama's name with reverence.

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Roberts Stumbles Slightly Over Presidential Oath

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Chief Justice John Roberts stumbled slightly over the 35-word constitutionally prescribed oath of office as he swore in Barack Obama as the 44th president on Tuesday, sending the new chief executive into a verbal detour of his own.

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NYPD Resumes Search For US Airways Engine

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Crews searching the frigid, murky Hudson River for debris from US Airways Flight 1549 have turned up shoes, hats and flotation devices, but the location of the missing left engine remains unknown.

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'Jaws Of Life' Stolen From Ala. Fire Department

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Highland Home's volunteer firefighters are trying to figure out why anyone would want to steal the "jaws of life." The $12,000 equipment, which is used to rescue people trapped inside vehicles after car wrecks, was recently stolen from the department.

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Momentum builds for a self-ruled southern Iraq

Updated: 01/20/2009 - NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- The country's biggest Shiite party is hoping for a big win in elections across the oil-rich south to jump-start its campaign for a self-ruled region - a move that would transform Iraq and, critics say, give Iran its biggest prize since the ouster of Saddam Hussein.

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Man Pleads Not Guilty to Hudson Family Killings

Updated: 01/20/2009 - A man accused of killing three members of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's family in Chicago has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and home invasion.

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Vistors At Historic Topeka Site View Inauguration

Updated: 01/20/2009 - One of Topeka's most historic sites hosted a watch party for the Obama Inauguration. The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site was full as the ceremony took place.

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Obama Watchers Tie Up Hospital's Computer System

Updated: 01/20/2009 - The inauguration of President Barack Obama was shown live on the Internet, which caused a glitch at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

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Iraqi guards said to throw party for shoe-thrower

Updated: 01/20/2009 - BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi journalist jailed since throwing his shoes at President George W. Bush got a visit from his brother Friday and a birthday party from his guards as he turned 30.

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Mich. man accused of spying for Iraq pleads guilty

Updated: 01/20/2009 - DETROIT (AP) -- A suburban Detroit man accused of spying for Saddam Hussein's former regime and sharing information with the executed Iraqi dictator's intelligence service has pleaded guilty.

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Case dropped against aide accused of helping Iraq

Updated: 01/20/2009 - NEW YORK (AP) -- The government has quietly dropped its case against a former congressional aide accused of helping an Iraqi spy agency but later ruled mentally unfit for trial.

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Iraq invites oil firms to workshop in Turkey

Updated: 01/20/2009 - BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi Oil Ministry will hold a workshop next month in Turkey for international oil companies that have qualified for Iraq's first contract bidding round since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

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Al-Sadr's followers eye comeback in Jan. 31 vote

Updated: 01/20/2009 - AMARAH, Iraq (AP) -- Followers of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr hope to win back their position as a major force in this month's regional elections after a string of military and political setbacks last year.

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Iraqis out stumping for votes in show of democracy

Updated: 01/20/2009 - BAGHDAD (AP) -- Candidates in this month's provincial elections are answering questions from voters and debating issues ranging from Baghdad's housing shortage to the need to attract foreign investment.

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Debate arises over Iraqi shoe thrower's future

Updated: 01/20/2009 - GENEVA (AP) -- A dispute broke out Monday over future plans for the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush. A Swiss lawyer said the Iraqi was planning to seek political asylum in Switzerland but one of his brothers vehemently denied that report.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,229

Updated: 01/20/2009 - As of Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at least 4,229 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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China: US arms sales to Taiwan 'harm' to relations

Updated: 01/20/2009 - BEIJING (AP) -- China made a rare appeal for cooperation between its normally secretive military and Washington on Tuesday but said U.S. arms sales to Taiwan remain a "serious harm to Sino-U.S. relations."

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Israel denies Gaza munitions had depleted uranium

Updated: 01/20/2009 - JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel on Tuesday denied allegations it used depleted uranium munitions in Gaza, accusing the Arab nations that made the report of "particularly poor propaganda."

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Afghanistan seeks control over NATO deployments

Updated: 01/20/2009 - KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan government has sent NATO headquarters a draft agreement that would give Afghanistan more control over future NATO deployments in the country - including the positioning of some U.S. troops, officials said Tuesday.

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Iraqi VP accuses prime minister of power grab

Updated: 01/20/2009 - BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's vice president on Tuesday accused the prime minister of grabbing power in the south and obstructing efforts to rebuild there after years of war, allegations that intensified the campaign to decentralize the government.

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Gitmo court adjourned for a day, or forever

Updated: 01/20/2009 - GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- A military judge adjourned the Guantanamo Bay war crimes court just before President Barack Obama was sworn in on Tuesday, leaving open the possibility that the hearings might not resume.

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Russia restarts gas, Europe sighs with relief

Updated: 01/20/2009 - PISAREVKA, Russia (AP) -- Russian natural gas finally flowed into Europe once again Tuesday, after Moscow and Kiev pulled back from an energy war that drastically reduced supplies to many nations for two tough winter weeks.

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Kenyans toast Obama presidency with beer, parties

Updated: 01/20/2009 - NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- From the shantytowns of Kenya's capital to the rural homestead of Barack Obama's relatives, thousands of Kenyans slaughtered goats, hoisted American flags and partied into the night Tuesday as a man they see as one of their own ascended to the world's most powerful office.

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Worldwide hopes soar for Obama inauguration

Updated: 01/20/2009 - LONDON (AP) -- A world made weary by war, recession, joblessness and fear shed its collective burden Tuesday to celebrate the arrival of a new American president. Bulls and goats were slaughtered for feasts in Kenya and caterers prepped for black-tie balls in the capitals of Europe.

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Hamas holds victory rallies as UN chief tours Gaza

Updated: 01/20/2009 - GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The U.N. chief inspected the devastation wrought by Israel's onslaught in Gaza on Tuesday, leading a moment of silence at the smoldering U.N. headquarters, as the territory's militant Hamas rulers, triumphant at having survived, held victory rallies amid the ruins.

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