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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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Oregon Man Accused Of Stealing Beer At Gunpoint

Updated: 01/27/2009 - A was arrested on accusations he stole a beer at gunpoint. Detective Pam Yazzolino of the Beaverton Police Department said a 42-year-old man displayed a black handgun at a convenience store and told the clerk to put the money in the bag with the beer.

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Iceland Moves Fast To Salvage Government

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Iceland's center-left Social Democratic Alliance Party was chosen Tuesday to lead the country following the collapse of the island nation's government amid deep economic troubles and intense political discord.

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Novelist Updike Dies at 76

Updated: 01/27/2009 - 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.

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After Katrina, New Orleans is going Green

Updated: 01/27/2009 - The city known more for French Quarter trash than recycling or renewable energy is going green. In rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina, homes are being fitted with solar panels, organic farming is catching on and the city's got a new fleet of hybrid buses.

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Call For Unity Marks Economic Forum's Open

Updated: 01/27/2009 - The head of the World Economic Forum called Tuesday for unity among companies and governments trying to steer a path clear of the global financial crisis.

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Parents: Coach Pushed Son "Over The Edge"

Updated: 01/27/2009 - The parents of a high school football player that died after collapsing at practice say the team's coaches "pushed him over the edge" in a grueling physical workout.

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Gene Roddenberry, Wife to Spend Eternity in Space

Updated: 01/27/2009 - The creator of "Star Trek" and his wife will spend eternity together in space. Celestis Inc., a company that specializes in "memorial spaceflights," said Monday that it will ship the remains of Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett Roddenberry into space next year.

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Haggard's Wife Knew Of Same-Sex Attractions

Updated: 01/27/2009 - 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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Investors Robbed Of $370M In Ponzi Scheme

Updated: 01/27/2009 - The owner of a New York investment firm ran a $370 million Ponzi scheme, luring in clients with promises of astronomical returns while secretly blowing tens of millions of dollars on bad trades and conspicuous spending, federal authorities said Tuesday.

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Woman Arrested After Teaching Kids How To Shoplift

Updated: 01/27/2009 - 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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Illinois Senators Hear Blagojevich Tapes

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Blagojevich never specifically mentions money, but he and others on the recordings talk about a lobbyist being "good for it" and keeping his "commitment."

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Senate Grills SEC Officials On Madoff

Updated: 01/27/2009 - The head of the Senate Banking Committee is asking regulators to report frequently to the panel on their progress to improve fraud detection after their failure to discover the multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme allegedly hatched by disgraced financier Bernard Madoff.

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Posters Of Dead Sell Well In Gaza

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Some were killed when tank shells hit their homes. Others died when bombs erased their offices. Still others - like Islamic Jihad fighter Mohammed Bedawi - met their end battling Israeli troops.

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Obama Meets With GOP Over Stimulus Plan

Updated: 01/27/2009 - President Obama met face-to-face Tuesday with congressional Republicans who have been chafing over parts of a $825 billion plan to pull the country out of recession, and he urged lawmakers to "keep politics to a minimum" and quickly approve the measure.

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