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Pilot Experience Eyed In Flight 3407 Probe

Posted: 02/17/2009 - As investigators continue to gather clues into the deadly crash of Flight 3407, some experts say pilot experience may have been a factor.

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Iraqi oil minister: new OPEC cutbacks possible

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Iraq's oil minister said Tuesday that OPEC is "of course" weighing fresh output cuts to prop up prices, and, also underscored his government's expectation that contractors start work quickly or risk losing lucrative oil deals.

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Homeowners' rallying cry: Produce the note

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Kathy Lovelace lost her job and was about to lose her house, too. But then she made a seemingly simple request of the bank: Show me the original mortgage paperwork.

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Australia Wildfire Death Toll Reaches 200

Posted: 02/17/2009 - The confirmed death toll from Australia's deadly wildfires reached the grim milestone of 200 Tuesday, and a police official said some bodies reduced to ash in the inferno would never be identified.

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Woman uses wedgie to capture suspected thief

Posted: 02/17/2009 - It took a wedgie and a headlock to pin down a man suspected of breaking into a car. Yvonne Morris, a technician at the Brickyard Animal Hospital, said she chased a man who broke into a co-worker's car, but he kept squirming away from her.

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Woman Uses Wedgie To Capture Suspected Thief

Posted: 02/17/2009 - It took a wedgie and a headlock to pin down a man suspected of breaking into a car. Yvonne Morris, a technician at the Brickyard Animal Hospital, said she chased a man who broke into a co-worker's car, but he kept squirming away from her.

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Police: Ohio man held woman captive, read Bible

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A man held a woman captive in handcuffs and an adult diaper for three days while he read Bible passages to her, police said. Troy Brisport, 34, was charged with kidnapping and felonious assault. Bail was set Tuesday at $400,000.

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Backward green comet makes one-time only visit

Posted: 02/17/2009 - An odd, greenish backward-flying comet is zipping by Earth this month, as it takes its only trip toward the sun from the farthest edges of the solar system. The comet is called Lulin, and there's a chance it can be seen with the naked eye - far from city lights, astronomers say. But you'll most likely need a telescope, or at least binoculars, to spot it.

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Burris acknowledges trying to raise money for gov.

Posted: 02/17/2009 - U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has acknowledged trying to raise money for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich before being appointed to the Senate. According to a transcript posted on the Chicago Tribune's Web site, Burris told reporters in Peoria Monday night that he talked to some friends about putting together a fundraiser after being called by the ex-governor's brother.

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Teen Girl Found Dead In Army Barracks

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A 16-year-old girl was found dead and another teenage girl was discovered unconscious in a barracks of Fort Lewis Army base south of Tacoma, the Army said Monday.

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California to begin layoff proceedings today

Posted: 02/17/2009 - California lawmakers gathered again Tuesday in another bid to end the state's multibillion-dollar budget stalemate, as the state was poised to start laying off as many as 20,000 government workers.

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US, North Korea trade barbs as Clinton visits Asia

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton talked tough on her first overseas trip as America's top diplomat, delivering a sharp warning to North Korea on Tuesday over its threat to conduct a missile test.

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Former Trump-Run Casinos Go Bust

Posted: 02/17/2009 - The three Atlantic City casinos once run by Donald Trump filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday - for the third time.

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Burris acknowledges trying to raise money for gov.

Posted: 02/17/2009 - U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has acknowledged trying to raise money for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich before being appointed to the Senate. According to a transcript posted on the Chicago Tribune's Web site, Burris told reporters in Peoria Monday night that he talked to some friends about putting together a fundraiser after being called by the ex-governor's brother.

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Obama Signs Stimulus Plan Into Law

Posted: 02/17/2009 - President Obama has signed into law the most sweeping economic package in decades, a rescue plan designed to create millions of jobs and boost consumer spending.

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AP source: GM, UAW close to deal as deadline nears

Posted: 02/17/2009 - General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers were getting close to an agreement on concessions, a person briefed on the negotiations said Tuesday, just hours before GM and Chrysler LLC must submit a restructuring plan to the Treasury Department to justify its federal loans.

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Obama signs stimulus bill, readies homeowner plan

Posted: 02/17/2009 - President Barack Obama put his own indelible imprint on the nation's distressed economy Tuesday, signing the huge recovery package into law, readying a $50 billion proposal to help homeowners fend off foreclosure and awaiting emergency restructuring plans from flailing automakers. Obama said the sprawling legislation, which congressional Democrats pushed to passage last week over near-unanimous opposition from Republicans, would "set our economy on a firmer foundation."

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Wal-Mart Profits Fall 7 Percent In 4Q

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said Tuesday that its fourth-quarter profit fell 7.4 percent as it was hurt by the strong dollar and a charge from settling a labor lawsuit. The company also said first-quarter earnings could miss Wall Street expectations.

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