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Gaza Militant Dies in Border Clash on Election Eve

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Israeli aircraft struck two targets in the Gaza Strip and a militant died in a clash with troops on the border Monday, as an official of the moderate Palestinian government accused Hamas of trying to boost hawkish candidates in Israel's election.

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Kidnapped Pole Apparently Beheaded On Tape

Updated: 02/09/2009 - A video delivered to media outlets appears to show Pakistani militants beheading a kidnapped Polish engineer, underscoring security fears in the Muslim nation ahead of a debut visit Monday by a newly appointed Obama administration envoy.

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FBI Helping FDA Investigate Salmonella Outbreak

Updated: 02/09/2009 - The FBI says it's helping with a federal investigation of a Georgia peanut plant linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people nationwide and may have contributed to eight deaths.

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Kansas Budget Talks Hit Impasse

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Kansas House and Senate negotiators hit an impasse on a compromise bill to close an estimated $199 million state budget deficit.

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9 & 13 Year Old Kansas Children Wreck Vehicles Over Weekend

Updated: 02/09/2009 - KHP says a 9-year-old driver led Pottawatomie County officers on a chase Saturday night around 9 p.m. Around 2 a.m. Saturday morning a 13 year-old rolled a Kia Sedona mini van on eastbound I-70 near Junction City.

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Police Find 22 Dogs in Station Wagon With Owner

Updated: 02/09/2009 - North Texas authorities seized 22 dogs found crammed inside a station wagon with their owner. The owner locked the car doors and refused to come out when a constable tried to serve her a warrant for the seizure of the dogs early Monday, said SPCA spokeswoman Maura Davies.

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Disabled men put to work at Iowa plant for decades

Updated: 02/09/2009 - State officials say 21 mentally disabled men lived for 20 years or more in an old building with boarded-up windows and nothing but space heaters for heat. It wasn't some neglectful group home — it was the bunkhouse for Henry's Turkey Service.

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Hero Pilot And Crew Get Keys To NYC

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented keys to the city to US Airways Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and his crew, thanking them for preventing "an awful tragedy."

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Mich. Man Reunited With Class Ring After 40 Years

Updated: 02/09/2009 - A western Michigan man says a stranger has returned his class ring about 40 years after he last saw it. Richard Parker, 61, said he may have misplaced the ring shortly after getting married. He got it back last week. Parker is a 1966 graduate of Whitehall High School.

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FDA Seeks Plans to Reduce Misuse of Painkillers

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Federal health regulators are requiring more than a dozen drugmakers to develop plans to reduce the misuse of their painkillers, which cause hundreds of deaths each year.

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Obama Demands Swift Action on Recovery Plan

Updated: 02/09/2009 - President Barack Obama says this is "not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill recession" in appealing for quick congressional action on an economic recovery package.

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Obama Says Stimulus Vital to Avoid 'Catastrophe'

Updated: 02/09/2009 - President Barack Obama pressed Congress Monday night to urgently approve a massive economic recovery bill, using the first prime-time news conference of his presidency to warn that a failure to act "could turn a crisis into a catastrophe."

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Obama Orders Review of Cyber Security

Updated: 02/09/2009 - President Barack Obama on Monday ordered a 60-day review of the nation's cybersecurity to examine how federal agencies use technology to protect secrets and data.

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Early Study Shows AIDS-Fighting Gel Promising

Updated: 02/09/2009 - An experimental vaginal gel has shown some promise in preventing infection from the AIDS virus — the first study to offer hope that a microbicide may soon join the medical arsenal in the international battle against HIV, scientists announced Monday.

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Police: Man Hits Brother With Tire Iron Over Jeans

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Authorities said a man was behind bars for using a tire iron to attack his brother over a pair of jeans. A sheriff's office report said a 23-year-old man and a 25-year-old man were arguing Thursday night over the pants. The argument escalated and punches were thrown.

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Grandma's Moistening Kettle May Have Held Off Flu

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Grandma may have been right about keeping a teakettle warming on the stove in winter to moisten the air. Studies of seasonal influenza have long found indications that flu spreads better in dry air. Now, new research being published Tuesday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, indicates that the key is the absolute humidity — which measures the amount of water present in the air, regardless of temperature — not the more commonly reported relative humidity.

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Reports: Police Officials Say Rihanna Was Victim

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Chris Brown's ad campaign with Wrigley was suspended Monday until his criminal case is resolved, and reports surfaced that pop superstar Rihanna, his longtime girlfriend and a fellow no-show at the Grammy Awards, was the woman who accused him of assault.

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California Artist Sues AP Over Image of Obama

Updated: 02/09/2009 - An artist who created a famous image of Barack Obama before he became president sued The Associated Press on Monday, asking a judge to find that his use of an AP photo in creating the poster did not violate copyright law.

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Home of Marlboro Man Mulls Smoking Restrictions

Updated: 02/09/2009 - In a sign of how vilified smoking has become, Virginia — where the world's largest cigarette factory churns out Marlboros — is considering restrictions on smoking in public places.

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Jar Peanut Butter Sales Fall Amid Salmonella Fears

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Shoppers are leaving jarred peanut butter off their grocery lists, according to sales figures, even though familiar brands have not been affected by the salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds and led to one of the largest product recalls in U.S. history.

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