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Lou The Mule Credited With Saving Woman From Fire

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Jolene Solomon is beginning the new year with her life, her mule named Lou and little else. The Southern Standard in McMinnville reported Solomon had just finished eating supper on New Year's Day when Lou's braying and acting up got her attention.

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Stocks End Higher on Hopes For Economic Rebound

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Wall Street brushed off more bad economic news Tuesday to finish with a moderate advance that left broad stock indexes at their highest levels in two months.

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German Billionaire Throws Himself In Front of Train

Updated: 01/06/2009 - German billionaire Adolf Merckle threw himself in front of a train after his business empire, which included interests ranging from VW cars to pharmaceuticals to cement, ran into trouble in the global financial crisis, his family said Tuesday.

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Former Blackwater guards plead not guilty

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Five former Blackwater Worldwide security guards pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal manslaughter and gun charges resulting from a 2007 shooting in a crowded Baghdad square that killed 17 Iraqi civilians and injured dozens of others.

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Obama's CIA pick unlikely to face Senate challenge

Updated: 01/06/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama is defending his unexpected CIA nominee Leon Panetta, who faced a surge of skepticism in Congress on Tuesday but is not expected to draw serious opposition when his confirmation reaches the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Former Oklahoma Sheriff on Trial in Jail Sex Case

Updated: 01/06/2009 - A prosecutor said Tuesday six former jail inmates and drug defendants will testify an Oklahoma sheriff used his influence to demand sex from them, while a defense attorney told jurors at the sheriff's trial that those women were lying or consented.

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LA Water Cops Hunt Wasteful Faucets, Sprinklers

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The green thumbs who keep lawns lush and flora flourishing in the city have found a new foe among the aphids, white flies and other yard pests — the water police.

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CNN: Gupta approached about surgeon general post

Updated: 01/06/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama has approached CNN's chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, to be the country's next surgeon general, the cable network said Tuesday.

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Social Security unveils new online application

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The Social Security Administration, envisaging the near-future prospect of 10,000 baby boomers applying for benefits every day, has put together a new online service that will allow people to get their benefits without ever traveling to a Social Security field office.

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Brain pacemaker helps Parkinson's, but with risks

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Parkinson's sufferers who had electrodes implanted in their brains improved substantially more than those who took only medicine, according to the biggest test yet of deep brain stimulation. The study, which followed patients for six months, offers the most hopeful news to date for Parkinson's sufferers. The new technique reduced tremors, rigidity and flailing of the limbs and allowed people to move freely for nearly five extra hours a day.

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CIA Nominee Unlikely To Face Confirmation Challenge

Updated: 01/06/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama is defending his unexpected CIA nominee Leon Panetta, who faced a surge of skepticism in Congress on Tuesday but is not expected to draw serious opposition when his confirmation reaches the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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New Congress Pledges Financial Fix

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The Capitol rang loud with vows to fix the crisis-ridden economy Tuesday as Congress opened for business at the dawn of a new Democratic era. "We need action and we need action now," said Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Republicans agreed, and pledged cooperation in Congress as well as with President-elect Barack Obama — to a point.

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Wittig To Report To Prison Wednesday

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Attorneys for former Westar CEO David Wittig says his client will be heading back to prison to complete his bank fraud sentence Wednesday.

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Police Shooting Leads To Inquiry

Updated: 01/06/2009 - A New Year's Day shooting in which a subway police officer fired a deadly shot into the back of an unarmed man has the San Francisco Bay Area demanding answers as authorities appeal for patience.

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Apple Cuts Copy Protection and Prices on iTunes

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Apple Inc. is cutting the price of some songs in its market-leading iTunes online store to as little as 69 cents and plans to make every track available without copy protection.

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Alcoa to Cut 13 Percent of its Work Force

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. says it's cutting about 13 percent of its global work force and slashing spending and output due to the economic downturn.

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Coleman Sues Over Minnesota Senate Recount Result

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Republican Norm Coleman said Tuesday he is suing to challenge Democrat Al Franken's apparent recount victory in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race, delaying a resolution of the contest for weeks or months.

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Islamic Militants Laugh At Bush Pet Death

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Islamic militants posted sarcastic comments on an extremist Web site Tuesday ridiculing a recent announcement by First Lady Laura Bush that the family's cat had died.

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Coleman Sues Over Franken Win

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Republican Norm Coleman said Tuesday he is suing to challenge Democrat Al Franken's apparent recount victory in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race, delaying a resolution of the contest for weeks or months.

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Wittig to Report to Prison Wednesday

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Former Westar CEO David Wittig is scheduled to report to the federal Bureau of Prisons Wednesday to complete his sentence on bank fraud charges.

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Even in recession, CES to have stuff worth seeing

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The recession figures to tone down the flashiness of this week's International Consumer Electronics Show, but the lineup of innovative products likely will measure up to those of past years.

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Airlines fly into new year with wave of fare sales

Updated: 01/06/2009 - A wave of fare sales has spread across the airline industry in the early days of the new year as the weak economy continues to put pressure on carriers to fill seats even after they drastically reduced capacity and some expressed willingness to cut more.

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