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Thousands blacked out as ice storm wreaks havoc

Updated: 01/27/2009 - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Tree limbs snapped with a sound like gunshots, blacking out thousands of homes and businesses, and schools and government offices were closed Tuesday as a major storm spread a glaze of ice and snow from the southern Plains to the East Coast.

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Gunman in Portland, Ore., shooting rampage dies

Updated: 01/27/2009 - PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Police say the 24-year-old man who killed two teenage girls and wounded seven other people as he fired shots at them on a Portland, Ore., sidewalk has died.

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Draft mandate for fed jobs ruled unconstitutional

Updated: 01/27/2009 - BOSTON (AP) -- Henry Tucker had worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. for 17 years when he was told he was going to lose his job - because he hadn't registered for the military draft when he was 18.

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In peanut checks, gaps for salmonella to sneak by

Updated: 01/27/2009 - ATLANTA (AP) -- Food regulators didn't consider salmonella a threat to most peanut products before they traced an outbreak to a peanut butter plant in Georgia two years ago. Officials in the nation's top peanut-producing state promptly began checking for the bacteria during routine inspections, and everything went fine for about a year.

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Missing Fla. hedge fund manager turns himself in

Updated: 01/27/2009 - TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- On the day a Florida hedge fund manager surrendered to face federal securities and wire fraud charges, authorities disclosed what may have set in motion his two weeks on the lam: A partner concerned about the health of their funds after the Bernard Madoff scandal was pressuring him to have their books audited by an independent accountant.

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FBI tapes played at Ill. gov's impeachment trial

Updated: 01/27/2009 - SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich was hundreds of miles away but his voice boomed through the Illinois Senate's chambers Tuesday as his impeachment jurors listened to FBI wiretaps of conversations in which he seems to demand campaign contributions in exchange for signing legislation.

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8 is plenty: Mother gives birth to octuplets

Updated: 01/27/2009 - BELLFLOWER, Calif. (AP) -- Just think: eight cribs, eight highchairs, eight strollers (or maybe four double-strollers), and far too many dirty diapers to count. A woman in Southern California gave birth Monday to the second set of octuplets ever delivered alive in the United States.

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Friendly 1B Sean Casey retires after 12 seasons

Updated: 01/27/2009 - CINCINNATI (AP) -- During his 12-year career, Sean Casey's most endearing trait became his most enduring. Fellow major leaguers dubbed him "The Mayor" because he seemed to know everyone he met. He chatted up runners at first base, making the game's luminaries smile by respectfully calling them "Mr." before offering a compliment.

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Woman arrested after teaching kids how to shoplift

Updated: 01/27/2009 - LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. (AP) -- Lee County authorities say a 24-year-old Lehigh Acres woman taught children how shoplift then abandoned them when the group was stopped. The woman was jailed on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child cruelty and larceny petit theft.

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Prize-winning 'Rabbit' writer John Updike dies

Updated: 01/27/2009 - NEW YORK (AP) -- John Updike, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, prolific man of letters and erudite chronicler of sex, divorce and other adventures in the postwar prime of the American empire, died Tuesday at age 76. Updike, best known for his four "Rabbit" novels, died of lung cancer at a hospice near his home in Beverly Farms, Mass., according to his longtime publisher, Alfred A. Knopf.

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8 is plenty: Mother gives birth to octuplets

Updated: 01/27/2009 - BELLFLOWER, Calif. (AP) -- Just think: eight cribs, eight highchairs, eight strollers (or maybe four double-strollers), and far too many dirty diapers to count. A woman in Southern California gave birth Monday to the second set of octuplets ever delivered alive in the United States.

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Rare 1,800-year-old figurine found in Jerusalem

Updated: 01/27/2009 - JERUSALEM (AP) -- An 1,800-year-old figurine believed to have originated from the eastern stretches of the Roman Empire has been discovered by archaeologists outside the walls of the old city, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said. The 2-inch marble bust depicts the head of a man with a short curly beard and almond-shaped eyes who may portray a boxer, the authority said.

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Prelim Scheduled for Four Fort Riley Soldiers

Updated: 01/27/2009 - The soldiers were arrested after allegedly breaking into a Junction City home and holding the family there at knife-point. They are Private Joshua McGatha, Private Romale Pope, Private Jeremy Harris and Private Teandre Thompkins.

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Prosecutor: Slain toddler said 'I love you' at end

Updated: 01/27/2009 - GALVESTON, Texas (AP) -- A slain toddler tried to stop her mother and stepfather from beating her to death by reaching out to her mother and saying, "I love you," a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday. The pleas from 2-year-old Riley Ann Sawyers didn't stop her mother, Kimberly Trenor, from continuing to brutalize her, assistant district attorney Kayla Allen said in her opening statement at Trenor's murder trial.

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Wife says Haggard told her of struggles years ago

Updated: 01/27/2009 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Former evangelical pastor Ted Haggard's wife says she knew about his struggles with same-sex attraction for years and felt he was "winning the battle" before a scandal involving a male prostitute triggered his downfall in late 2006.

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Students Celebrate "Catholic Schools Week"

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Kids across Topeka are celebrating "Catholic Schools Week." A mass was held at Hayden High School Tuesday for all the Catholic schools in Topeka. The Archbishop and all the pastors in the area were there as well.

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Citigroup will not take possession of new aircraft

Updated: 01/27/2009 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Citigroup won't be getting a new corporate jet after all. Under pressure from President Barack Obama, one of the nation's largest banks reversed course, announcing that it will not take delivery of the jet it had planned to purchase before the credit crisis unfolded.

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Bill Clinton made millions from foreign sources

Updated: 01/27/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton earned nearly $6 million in speaking fees last year, almost all of it from foreign companies, according to financial documents filed by his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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FBI tapes played at Ill. gov's impeachment trial

Updated: 01/27/2009 - SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich was hundreds of miles away but his voice boomed through the Illinois Senate's chambers Tuesday as his impeachment jurors listened to FBI wiretaps of conversations in which he seems to demand campaign contributions in exchange for signing legislation.

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Obama open to compromise on $825B stimulus bill

Updated: 01/27/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- On the eve of a key vote, President Barack Obama privately promised Republican critics he stands ready to accept changes in $825 billion economic stimulus legislation, and urged lawmakers to "put politics aside" in the interest of creating badly needed jobs.

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Clinton: Iranians Must Choose Whether to Cooperate

Updated: 01/27/2009 - President Barack Obama's intent to change the direction of U.S. foreign policy gives Iran a "clear opportunity" to engage more productively on its nuclear program and other issues, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday.

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