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Woman Sues Santa, Claiming He Fell on Top of Her

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Call it the case of the overserved Santa. Antoinette Basso filed a lawsuit Thursday against a man dressed in a Santa suit who she said stumbled and fell on top of her, knocking her face-first into the sidewalk outside a Chicago restaurant.

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Nebraska Woman, 86, Gets $1,000 Phone Sex Bill

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The family of an 86-year-old woman who was billed for over $1,000 in phone sex calls suspects identify theft. Arlene Hald recently received a credit card bill addressed to her husband, Sylvester, who died nearly 20 years ago. Hald said they never had a credit card, yet an account in his name was charged.

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George Mason Picks Drag Queen as Homecoming Queen

Posted: 02/20/2009 - George Mason University senior Ryan Allen dresses in drag and doesn't mind being called a queen — homecoming queen, to be exact. Allen, who is gay and performs in drag at nightclubs in the region, said he entered the homecoming contest as a joke, competing as Reann Ballslee, his drag queen persona.

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Rihanna Won't Discuss Chris Brown, But Thanks Fans

Posted: 02/20/2009 - In her first statement since she was allegedly attacked by her boyfriend, fellow pop star Chris Brown, Rihanna thanked fans for their support but declined to address the accusations against Brown, citing an ongoing police investigation.

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Growing HIV Rates Among Gay, Bisexual Men in Asia

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The AIDS virus is spreading rapidly among gay and bisexual men in Asia as younger people shun condoms and authorities fail to increase awareness of the disease, health officials said Friday.

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Kansas House Passes Phone Ping Bill

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The Kansas House passes a bill requiring cell phone companies to cooperate with law enforcement officials inan emergency.

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Questioning Stanford Could Get You Fired

Posted: 02/20/2009 - While R. Allen Stanford's investors were swallowing claims of vast returns on safe investments, some of his employees were not so sure.

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Maple Hill Fire Displaces Family of 10

Updated: 02/20/2009 - A fire in Maple Hill has destroyed the home's roof, possibly displacing a family of ten, and could make the house a total loss.

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Anglo American Cuts 19,000 Jobs

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Mining company Anglo American PLC said Friday it will cut 19,000 jobs this year and suspend dividend payments after reporting a 29 percent drop in 2008 profits.

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Oscars Stage Design Revealed

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Renderings of this year's Academy Awards set show an onstage bandstand, situated behind a circular ministage that juts into the audience. The whole thing is surrounded by a glittering circle of cascading white lights and flanked by enormous chandeliers.

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Kansas House Passes "Kelsey's Law" Phone Ping Bill

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The Kansas House approved "Kelsey's Law" on a 118-1 vote Friday. It requires cell phone companies to cooporate promptly with police when requested to release caller location information.

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Facebook Has Removed 5,585 Sex Offenders

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Facebook has removed more than 5,500 convicted sex offenders from its social networking Web site since May, Connecticut's attorney general said Thursday.

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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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