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French 'spider-man' scales skyscraper in HK

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A French daredevil scaled a 73-story Hong Kong skyscraper barehanded Tuesday, his latest attempt to draw attention to global warming by climbing up the world's tallest buildings.

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NYC toy fair vendor offers Madoff doll - to smash

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Mad at disgraced investor Bernard Madoff? There's a toy just for you. One of the vendors at this week's Toy Fair is offering the "Smash-Me Bernie," a $99.95 Madoff lookalike doll that wears a devil-red suit and carries a pitchfork. It comes with its own hammer - so you can pulverize it.

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Indiana man renovating old house finds hidden room

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A man who's renovating a 120-year-old house has discovered a hidden room in its basement - a find he said shows that some old buildings definitely hold secrets. A friend of Carl Thoms was working recently on plumbing in the 1890 home's basement when he noticed that he could see around those pipes into a hidden room covered in tiles.

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Wis. boy's essay leads to charge against his dad

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A father allegedly shot his 9-year-old son in the buttocks with a BB gun, a revelation that came to light after the boy wrote a school essay about the incident. The boy had written an essay about the "painful afternoon my Dad shot me with a BB gun." The elementary-school teacher turned the essay over to authorities.

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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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Iraqi Kurds want US help to avoid war with Arabs

Posted: 02/17/2009 - The closest U.S. allies in Iraq - the Kurds - feel abandoned by Washington these days and say war with the Arab-dominated central government is likely without American pressure to resolve disputes that predate even the era of Saddam Hussein.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,245

Posted: 02/17/2009 - As of Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at least 4,245 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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Iraqi women get posts, but want power and respect

Posted: 02/17/2009 - But her accomplishments mattered little to some when she campaigned before last month's elections. She said many Iraqis told her they were not willing to accept a woman in such a public role.

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US Army Sergeant will testify in Iraq slay trial

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A U.S. Army sergeant will testify against a fellow patrol member accused in the killing of four Iraqi prisoners who were bound, blindfolded, shot in the head and dumped in a Baghdad canal, a military judge ruled Tuesday.

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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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