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Crash probe focusing on weather, crew's training

Posted: 02/17/2009 - The man at the helm of a turboprop plane that pitched like a kite before crashing into a house last week had spent only 110 hours flying that model, and investigators said Tuesday they would look into the quality and quantity of his training.

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Burris Tried to Raise Funds For Blagojevich

Posted: 02/17/2009 - U.S. Sen. Roland Burris now acknowledges attempting to raise money for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich — an explosive twist in his ever-changing story on how he landed a coveted Senate appointment from the man accused of trying to sell the seat.

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Acclaimed jazz drummer Louis Bellson dies at 84

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Big band and jazz drummer Louie Bellson, a master musician who performed with such greats as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and his late wife, Pearl Bailey, has died. He was 84.

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Facebook users protest retention of information

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Tens of thousands of Facebook users are protesting new policies that they say grant the social-networking site the ability to control their information forever, even after they cancel their accounts.

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Minutes count for Oscar nominees Davis, Shannon

Posted: 02/17/2009 - For Viola Davis, it may have been her character's shocking admission that she's glad a priest has shown kindness to her troubled son, no matter what the man might have taken from the boy in return.

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Huge chimp shot dead after mauling woman in Conn.

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A 200-pound domesticated chimpanzee who once starred in TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola was shot dead by police after a violent rampage that left a friend of its owner badly mauled.

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Sebelius calls Budget Impasse "Ludicrous"

Updated: 12/29/2009 - Officials say the state doesn't have enough money in its main bank account to pay its bills on time. Those bills include money for government employees who are supposed to be paid Friday.

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French 'spider-man' scales skyscraper in HK

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A French daredevil scaled a 73-story Hong Kong skyscraper barehanded Tuesday, his latest attempt to draw attention to global warming by climbing up the world's tallest buildings.

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NYC toy fair vendor offers Madoff doll - to smash

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Mad at disgraced investor Bernard Madoff? There's a toy just for you. One of the vendors at this week's Toy Fair is offering the "Smash-Me Bernie," a $99.95 Madoff lookalike doll that wears a devil-red suit and carries a pitchfork. It comes with its own hammer - so you can pulverize it.

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Indiana man renovating old house finds hidden room

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A man who's renovating a 120-year-old house has discovered a hidden room in its basement - a find he said shows that some old buildings definitely hold secrets. A friend of Carl Thoms was working recently on plumbing in the 1890 home's basement when he noticed that he could see around those pipes into a hidden room covered in tiles.

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Wis. boy's essay leads to charge against his dad

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A father allegedly shot his 9-year-old son in the buttocks with a BB gun, a revelation that came to light after the boy wrote a school essay about the incident. The boy had written an essay about the "painful afternoon my Dad shot me with a BB gun." The elementary-school teacher turned the essay over to authorities.

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