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Officials: 1 dead, 134 rescued from Lake Erie ice

Updated: 02/08/2009 - Cell phones rang and word was passed to fishermen out on a distant stretch of Lake Erie's iced-over waters: A crack had widened in the ice, trapping everyone on a miles-wide floe that was drifting away from the Ohio shoreline.

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Hudson 'miracle' pilot gets applause on Broadway

Updated: 02/08/2009 - Weeks after starring in his own story of bravery and heroism, the pilot who safely ditched his jetliner in the Hudson River received a standing ovation Saturday from the audience at a Broadway performance of "South Pacific."

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Official: Sebelius Near Top for Health Post

Updated: 02/08/2009 - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was near the top of President Barack Obama's list of candidates to head the Health and Human Services Department, a senior administration official said Saturday.

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84 killed in deadliest-ever Australian wildfires

Updated: 02/08/2009 - Towering flames razed entire towns in southeastern Australia and burned fleeing residents in their cars as the death toll rose to 84 on Sunday, making it the country's deadliest fire disaster.

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Obama May Learn From Economic Missteps

Updated: 02/08/2009 - On his first big test, Barack Obama made some rookie mistakes and strategic missteps. But he still appears headed for a win on the centerpiece of his agenda, a huge economic recovery program, with the fresh striking of a bipartisan deal in the Senate.

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Bush Shoe-Thrower Trial Set

Updated: 02/08/2009 - The Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at former President George W. Bush will face trial Feb. 19 on the original charge of assaulting a foreign leader, a judicial official said Sunday.

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Stimulus Bill Divides Congress

Updated: 02/08/2009 - With the Senate expected to narrowly approve its version of an economic stimulus bill, lawmakers from the House and Senate will face difficult negotiations over spending for tax cuts, education and aid for local governments.

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84 Killed in Deadly Australian Fire

Updated: 02/08/2009 - Towering flames razed entire towns in southeastern Australia and burned fleeing residents in their cars as the death toll rose to 84 on Sunday, making it the country's deadliest fire disaster.

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Small Fire On Roof of Farley Elementary

Posted: 02/08/2009 - A small fire broke out on the roof of Farley Elementary around 10:00 Saturday evening. 15 year-old Brittney Hiegert and her father noticed flames on the roof as they were passing by and drove directly to the Fire Department.

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City Candidates Hit the Classroom

Updated: 02/08/2009 - Local candidates for office received a crash course in city politics today. "Candidate School" offered a workshop for city council and school board hopefuls at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

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Navy fails to free warship grounded at Hawaii

Updated: 02/07/2009 - An attempt to pull a $1 billion warship free after it ran aground off the coast of Honolulu was unsuccessful Saturday, but the Navy planned to try again after lightening the vessel's weight.

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LAPD officers' names mistakenly put on Internet

Updated: 02/07/2009 - Authorities in Los Angeles say a confidential report on police misconduct that included the names of hundreds of officers was mistakenly posted on the Internet.

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Artist of famed Obama poster arrested in Boston

Updated: 02/07/2009 - A street artist famous for his red, white and blue "Hope" posters of President Obama has been arrested on warrants accusing him of tagging property with graffiti, police said Saturday.

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New York's GOP urges Giuliani to help them rebound

Updated: 02/07/2009 - New York Republicans are completely out of power for the first time in four decades. Democrats rule the executive and legislative branches and hold 26 of the state's 29 congressional seats.

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Few crime victims helped by visa law OK'd in 2000

Updated: 02/07/2009 - A 2000 federal law promised visas to illegal immigrants who were crime victims if they came out of the shadows to help police catch their attackers. More than 13,000 people took the government's offer but so far only 65 - just 0.5 percent - have gotten their reward.

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Film, TV actor James Whitmore dies of lung cancer

Updated: 02/07/2009 - James Whitmore, the many-faceted character actor who delivered strong performances in movies, television and especially the theater with his popular one-man shows about Harry Truman, Will Rogers and Theodore Roosevelt, died Friday, his son said. He was 87.

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Octuplet fertility doctor under investigation

Updated: 02/07/2009 - The spotlight on the mother of octuplets is turning to the fertility doctor who helped her give birth not once but 14 times by implanting Nadya Suleman with fertilized embryos.

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Biden to Iran: US will talk, but is ready to act

Updated: 02/07/2009 - Vice President Joe Biden warned Saturday that the U.S. stands ready to take pre-emptive action against Iran if it does not abandon nuclear ambitions and its support for terrorism.

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Sheriff: 1 dead, 100-plus rescued from Lake Erie

Updated: 02/07/2009 - A miles-wide ice floe broke away Saturday from Lake Erie's shoreline, trapping more than 100 fishermen, some for as long as four hours. One person fell into the water and later died.

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