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Vistors At Historic Topeka Site View Inauguration

Updated: 01/20/2009 - One of Topeka's most historic sites hosted a watch party for the Obama Inauguration. The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site was full as the ceremony took place.

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Obama Watchers Tie Up Hospital's Computer System

Updated: 01/20/2009 - The inauguration of President Barack Obama was shown live on the Internet, which caused a glitch at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

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Iraqi guards said to throw party for shoe-thrower

Updated: 01/20/2009 - BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi journalist jailed since throwing his shoes at President George W. Bush got a visit from his brother Friday and a birthday party from his guards as he turned 30.

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Mich. man accused of spying for Iraq pleads guilty

Updated: 01/20/2009 - DETROIT (AP) -- A suburban Detroit man accused of spying for Saddam Hussein's former regime and sharing information with the executed Iraqi dictator's intelligence service has pleaded guilty.

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Case dropped against aide accused of helping Iraq

Updated: 01/20/2009 - NEW YORK (AP) -- The government has quietly dropped its case against a former congressional aide accused of helping an Iraqi spy agency but later ruled mentally unfit for trial.

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Iraq invites oil firms to workshop in Turkey

Updated: 01/20/2009 - BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi Oil Ministry will hold a workshop next month in Turkey for international oil companies that have qualified for Iraq's first contract bidding round since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

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Al-Sadr's followers eye comeback in Jan. 31 vote

Updated: 01/20/2009 - AMARAH, Iraq (AP) -- Followers of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr hope to win back their position as a major force in this month's regional elections after a string of military and political setbacks last year.

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Iraqis out stumping for votes in show of democracy

Updated: 01/20/2009 - BAGHDAD (AP) -- Candidates in this month's provincial elections are answering questions from voters and debating issues ranging from Baghdad's housing shortage to the need to attract foreign investment.

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Debate arises over Iraqi shoe thrower's future

Updated: 01/20/2009 - GENEVA (AP) -- A dispute broke out Monday over future plans for the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush. A Swiss lawyer said the Iraqi was planning to seek political asylum in Switzerland but one of his brothers vehemently denied that report.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,229

Updated: 01/20/2009 - As of Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at least 4,229 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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China: US arms sales to Taiwan 'harm' to relations

Updated: 01/20/2009 - BEIJING (AP) -- China made a rare appeal for cooperation between its normally secretive military and Washington on Tuesday but said U.S. arms sales to Taiwan remain a "serious harm to Sino-U.S. relations."

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Israel denies Gaza munitions had depleted uranium

Updated: 01/20/2009 - JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel on Tuesday denied allegations it used depleted uranium munitions in Gaza, accusing the Arab nations that made the report of "particularly poor propaganda."

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Afghanistan seeks control over NATO deployments

Updated: 01/20/2009 - KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan government has sent NATO headquarters a draft agreement that would give Afghanistan more control over future NATO deployments in the country - including the positioning of some U.S. troops, officials said Tuesday.

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Iraqi VP accuses prime minister of power grab

Updated: 01/20/2009 - BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's vice president on Tuesday accused the prime minister of grabbing power in the south and obstructing efforts to rebuild there after years of war, allegations that intensified the campaign to decentralize the government.

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Gitmo court adjourned for a day, or forever

Updated: 01/20/2009 - GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- A military judge adjourned the Guantanamo Bay war crimes court just before President Barack Obama was sworn in on Tuesday, leaving open the possibility that the hearings might not resume.

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Russia restarts gas, Europe sighs with relief

Updated: 01/20/2009 - PISAREVKA, Russia (AP) -- Russian natural gas finally flowed into Europe once again Tuesday, after Moscow and Kiev pulled back from an energy war that drastically reduced supplies to many nations for two tough winter weeks.

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Kenyans toast Obama presidency with beer, parties

Updated: 01/20/2009 - NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- From the shantytowns of Kenya's capital to the rural homestead of Barack Obama's relatives, thousands of Kenyans slaughtered goats, hoisted American flags and partied into the night Tuesday as a man they see as one of their own ascended to the world's most powerful office.

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Worldwide hopes soar for Obama inauguration

Updated: 01/20/2009 - LONDON (AP) -- A world made weary by war, recession, joblessness and fear shed its collective burden Tuesday to celebrate the arrival of a new American president. Bulls and goats were slaughtered for feasts in Kenya and caterers prepped for black-tie balls in the capitals of Europe.

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Hamas holds victory rallies as UN chief tours Gaza

Updated: 01/20/2009 - GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The U.N. chief inspected the devastation wrought by Israel's onslaught in Gaza on Tuesday, leading a moment of silence at the smoldering U.N. headquarters, as the territory's militant Hamas rulers, triumphant at having survived, held victory rallies amid the ruins.

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US reaches deal on Afghan supply routes to troops

Updated: 01/20/2009 - ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Russia and neighboring Central Asian nations have agreed to let supplies pass through their territory to American soldiers in Afghanistan, lessening Washington's dependence on dangerous routes through Pakistan, a top U.S. commander said Tuesday.

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Ex-President Bush and wife leave capital for Texas

Updated: 01/20/2009 - ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AP) -- Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, have boarded a plane in suburban Maryland for their flight back to Texas after eight years in the White House.

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Racine, Wis., mayor resigns after sex-sting arrest

Updated: 01/20/2009 - MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The mayor of Racine, Wis., resigned on Tuesday, days after being accused of trying to arrange a sexual encounter with someone he thought was an underage girl.

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Inauguration Draws Kan. Black Settlement Together

Updated: 01/20/2009 - The descendants of freed slaves who came to farm the Kansas prairie in 1877 gather again in the small town of Nicodemus to watch as Barack Obama is sworn in as president.

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Man calls cops, says he stole car and crashed it

Updated: 01/20/2009 - CEDAR GROVE, Wis. (AP) -- Sheboygan County prosecutors say a 21-year-old man who crashed his uncle's car called police to report that he stole the car and had been drinking. The man was charged Friday with a felony count of taking and driving a vehicle without the owner's consent. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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Man asks to be deported, then kicks police car

Updated: 01/20/2009 - SOUTHOLD, N.Y. (AP) -- Police on Long Island arrested a man after he allegedly kicked a police car and asked to be deported back to his home country of Guatemala. Police said the 27-year-old man called the Southold Police Department early Sunday and asked to be arrested so he could be deported.

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