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Web site charts shortcuts through voice menus

Updated: 12/10/2008 - In Dante's epic poem "Inferno," the main character has a guide, the Roman poet Virgil, to show him through the nine circles of hell. Seven centuries later, a Web site wants to be our Virgil, guiding us through the torments of automated phone menus.

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Calif. KFC workers in hot water after sink baths

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Three employees of a Kentucky Fried Chicken have been suspended for bathing in a deep sink used to clean dishes. The prank was discovered after one of the young women posted photos on a social networking site of the trio posing and cavorting in the steaming water in their underwear and swim wear.

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GPS, hidden cameras watching over Baby Jesus

Updated: 12/10/2008 - When Baby Jesus disappeared last year from a Nativity scene on the lawn of the Wellington, Fla., community center, village officials didn't follow a star to locate him.

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Honest woman finds $97K in restroom, returns it

Updated: 12/10/2008 - A Murfreesboro woman says she returned $97,000 she claims to have found in a Cracker Barrel restroom, but police said Tuesday they have no report of the find. Billie Watts, 75, told The Daily News Journal that she discovered the money inside a tapestry bag hanging from a hook on a stall door last Thursday.

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Pastor prays over deposit slip, gets $1.5M gift

Updated: 12/10/2008 - A $1 million bank deposit slip wish by a Longview minister to pay for a new church came true - and then some. The Rev. Thomas McDaniels of LifeBridge Christian Center said a businessman, who chooses to remain anonymous, wrote him a $1.5 million check.

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Emporia Group Gains Tax Credits to Help Mothers Overcome Addiction

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The Department of Commerce awarded Corner House of Emporia $140,000 in Kansas Community Service tax credits. Corner House will use the donations to renovate a building for its new "Mother Child Project," helping mothers fight alcohol and drug addictions.

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Widower seeks help after jet crash kills family

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Overwhelmed with anguish, Dong Yun Yoon walked unsteadily to a pile of rubble where his home once stood and pleaded for advice on how to cope after losing his family.

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Cruise lets off passengers to avoid pirate threat

Updated: 12/10/2008 - A cruise ship let off hundreds of passengers in Yemen on Wednesday so they could fly to the other side of the Arabian Peninsula and avoid the dangerous Gulf of Aden where pirates have attacked dozens of boats.

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Suicide on TV condemned in Britain

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The scene is difficult to watch, even for viewers inured to the subject of dying by a steady diet of violent Hollywood and television fare. Craig Ewert, a former computer scientist from Chicago, is shown lying in bed with his wife at his side while he takes barbiturates.

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Police say Indian helped smuggle Pakistani gunmen

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The Pakistani-based militant group blamed for the Mumbai attacks kept an Indian militant as a "point man" to shepherd gunmen across India's porous borders to stage attacks, police said Wednesday.

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Princeton settles suit, keeps control of donation

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Princeton University will keep control of most of an estimated $600 million fund as it settles a lawsuit by descendants of the money's original donor, who said the school strayed from their relatives' original intent for the gift.

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Countries agree on goals for new UN climate treaty

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Delegates from nearly 190 countries agreed Wednesday on a series of goals to be included in a global warming treaty, but the U.N. conference failed to make a real commitment to reduce the amount of carbon emissions.

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6 Afghan police killed in mistaken US strike

Updated: 12/10/2008 - U.S. Special Forces killed six Afghan police and wounded 13 Wednesday in a case of mistaken identity by both sides after the police fired on the Americans during an operation against an insurgent commander.

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Britain to withdraw most troops from Iraq by June

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Britain announced Wednesday it will withdraw all but a handful of its 4,000 soldiers from Iraq next year, ending a mission that was unpopular at home and failed to curb the rise of Iranian-backed Shiite militias in the south.

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Ariz. shooter defendants boast on wiretaps

Updated: 12/10/2008 - As they listened to scratchy recordings and followed along on transcripts, a jury heard two men boasting and laughing about a series of shootings that killed eight people.

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Study: PC infections plague wire-transfer shops

Updated: 12/10/2008 - For immigrants who send money to their home countries, wire-transfer shops are backbones of their neighborhoods. On some blocks in San Francisco's Mission District, every third or fourth business might offer some sort of money transfer service, and they're always bustling, even on a Sunday morning.

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Injured vets still await disability appeal process

Updated: 12/10/2008 - There was nothing dramatic about how Spc. Cristapher Zuetlau's career in the Army came to an end: he stepped in a hole. But the damage to the tank crewman's wrenched back was so brutal he can barely walk.

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Native hunters: Climate is thinning caribou herds

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Chief Bill Erasmus of the Dene nation in northern Canada brought a stark warning about the climate crisis: The once abundant herds of caribou are dwindling, rivers are running lower and the ice is too thin to hunt on.

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Obama calls for Illinois governor to resign

Updated: 12/10/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama called for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign on Wednesday, hours after the embattled governor reported for work amid charges he plotted to sell Obama's vacant Senate seat.

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Native hunters: Climate is thinning caribou herds

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Chief Bill Erasmus of the Dene nation in northern Canada brought a stark warning about the climate crisis: The once abundant herds of caribou are dwindling, rivers are running lower and the ice is too thin to hunt on.

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Texas, NC students win $100,000 science contest

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Medical research projects by a student from Texas and a team from North Carolina won $100,000 prizes Monday in a prestigious high school science competition.

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Feds laud conservation deal with private entities

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The federal government signed agreements Monday with an oil and gas company and a rancher to help protect two rare New Mexico species, deals that federal officials hope will pave the way for cooperative conservation efforts across the country.

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