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Indiana students hurt in school bus crash

Updated: 12/17/2008 - A school bus carrying as many as 60 middle school and high school students on an icy road collided with a car Wednesday morning and landed on its side in a central Indiana farm field, the sheriff said. Dozens of children were hurt but authorities said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

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Russian treason bill could target Kremlin critics

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, people who fraternized with foreigners or criticized the Kremlin were "enemies of the people" and sent to the gulag. Now there's new legislation backed by Vladimir Putin's government that human rights activists say could throw Russia back to the days of the Great Terror.

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Charity's red kettles can yield odd treasures

Updated: 12/17/2008 - The volunteer emptying Salvation Army kettles in southwest Florida recently came across something that stood out from the piles of spare change and crumpled up bills: a 1911 Liberty Eagle gold coin worth around $1,000.

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Iraqi parliament in turmoil over shoe tosser

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Chaos erupted in Iraq's parliament Wednesday over the jailing of a reporter who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush, with lawmakers loyal to a radical anti-American cleric demanding his freedom. The parliament speaker responded by threatening to resign.

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Ex-NJ lawmaker faces child porn charges

Updated: 12/17/2008 - A former lawmaker who resigned after images of a naked girl were reportedly found in his office has been charged with reproducing, possessing and distributing child pornography.

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Questions surround firm that handled Madoff audit

Updated: 12/17/2008 - The office for Bernard Madoff's sole auditor exudes anything but wealth and intrigue: It is next door to a pediatrician in a drab suburban building. The tiny storefront is discreetly labeled "Friehling & Horowitz" on its single glass door.

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Obama picks Vilsack, Salazar for Cabinet

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Pushing to fill his Cabinet, President-elect Barack Obama announced Wednesday his choices of former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to be agriculture secretary and Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar to lead the Interior Department.

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Court Rejects Blagojevich Challenge

Updated: 12/17/2008 - The Illinois Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to Gov. Rod Blagojevich's fitness to hold office.

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Questions surround firm that handled Madoff audit

Updated: 12/17/2008 - The office for Bernard Madoff's sole auditor exudes anything but wealth and intrigue: It is next door to a pediatrician in a drab suburban building. The tiny storefront is discreetly labeled "Friehling & Horowitz" on its single glass door.

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Indiana students hurt in school bus crash

Updated: 12/17/2008 - A school bus carrying as many as 60 middle school and high school students on an icy road collided with a car Wednesday morning and landed on its side in a central Indiana farm field, the sheriff said.

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Blagojevich attorney challenges impeachment panel

Updated: 12/17/2008 - The attorney for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich wants some lawmakers removed from the panel that will recommend whether the governor should be impeached. Attorney Ed Genson said some committee members have made public comments indicating they've already made up their minds.

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Company to pay millions in fatal Big Dig collapse

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Prosecutors will drop a manslaughter charge against the only company charged in the fatal Big Dig tunnel collapse after the epoxy maker agreed to pay $16 million to settle a lawsuit.

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Charity's red kettles can yield odd treasures

Updated: 12/17/2008 - The volunteer emptying Salvation Army kettles in southwest Florida recently came across something that stood out from the piles of spare change and crumpled up bills: a 1911 Liberty Eagle gold coin worth around $1,000.

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Heart found on floor of the Paw Paw car wash

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Investigators are trying to determine if a heart found at on the floor of a southwestern Michigan car wash is from a human or an animal. The heart will be examined at a Lansing hospital's forensics services division.

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Bush says 'no debate' about his keeping US safe

Updated: 12/17/2008 - President George W. Bush, ever focused on his legacy, said Wednesday "there can be no debate" about his record of preventing another terrorist attack. Evoking harrowing memories of Sept. 11, 2001, Bush said virtually no one could have predicted back then that the country would not be hit again for the rest of his presidency.

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Small Cars Make Safety Gains

Updated: 12/17/2008 - New crash tests show improvement, but many models still lack rear, side impact protection

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Kennedy says publicly she wants Senate seat

Updated: 12/17/2008 - SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Caroline Kennedy said publicly for the first time Wednesday that she wants to be New York's next senator as she launched a tour of upstate cities to meet with politicians and power brokers The daughter of President John F. Kennedy met with Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll and others as she began her campaign to be appointed to the seat held by Hillary Rodham Clinton, if Clinton is confirmed as President-elect Barack Obama's secretary of state. "I just wanted to say, as some of you may have heard, I would be honored to be considered for the position of U.S. senator," Kennedy said. "I wanted to come upstate to meet Mayor Driscoll and others to tell them about my experience and also learn how Washington can help upstate New York." Kennedy noted that a number of elected officials who also have been named as possible Clinton successors. "There are lot of good candidates the governor is considering and he's laid out a process and I'm proud to be in that process," she said. Gov. David Paterson will decide who gets the job. The new senator will have to run in 2010 to fill the last two years of Clinton's term and then run for a full term in 2012. Kennedy, whose uncle, the late Robert F. Kennedy, once held the seat, took no questions. Her upstate outreach is similar to Clinton's "listening tour" in 1999 and 2000 when she first ran for the Senate. Like Clinton, Kennedy faces criticism because she's never been elected to public office. Some also worry she would favor New York City interests over the rest of the state. Kennedy's willingness to embrace the public life of a U.S. senator surprised some after her lifetime of carefully cultivated privacy. But she told a private group in Syracuse that the idea to run didn't just pop into her head when Obama tapped Clinton. "She said she had been thinking about this for a while, previous to this vacancy coming open," said Syracuse City Councilor Stephanie Miner, who was at the meeting. "She said she is at time in her life where holding public office is something she can do." A Siena College poll released Wednesday found New York voters are divided over who should fill the seat and that approval ratings for 51-year-old Kennedy and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo are nearly identical. More New Yorkers believe Paterson will choose Kennedy, by a 31-16 percent margin. Thirty-eight percent said they didn't know or refused to answer and 16 percent felt Paterson would pick someone else. The telephone survey of 622 registered voters last week had a margin of error of about plus or minus 4 percentage points. © 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy.

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Kan. Governor Press Secretary Leaving

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Governor Sebelius' spokesperson is leaving the governor's office to work for KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins. An announcement made Wednesday by the university said Nicole Corcoran will start work with Perkins as his chief of staff on February 2.

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