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Alaska Volcano Erupts Twice, Sends Ash 12 Miles Up

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Alaska's Mount Redoubt erupted twice Thursday, spewing a more than 12-mile-high cloud that could drop ash on Anchorage for the first time since the volcano began erupting Sunday night.

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Jobless Rolls Swell Again as Recession Persists

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Hopes that the economy may be poised for a recovery got a splash of reality Thursday: The unemployment rolls are still getting bigger as the recession maintains its grip.

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CDC: Fido and Fluffy Behind 86,000 Falls a Year

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Watch out for Fluffy and Fido! Cats and dogs are a factor in more than 86,000 serious falls each year, according to the first government study of pet-related tumbles.

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Studio: Sean Penn to Play Larry in `Stooges' Movie

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Sean Penn is going slapstick. The studio MGM says the double Oscar winner has signed on to play Larry in the Farrelly brothers' big-screen update of "The Three Stooges."

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Obama Says Automakers Need 'Drastic Changes'

Updated: 03/26/2009 - President Barack Obama said Thursday his administration will help Detroit's struggling automakers only if the companies and their stakeholders make "pretty drastic changes" to reshape their industry.

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Crude Closes Above $54 for First Time This Year

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Oil prices hit a new high for the year Thursday and retail gasoline rose above $2 per gallon for the first time since November as investors wagered that there would be a new run on crude stocks.

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Dow Hits 6-week High on Relief Over Earnings

Updated: 03/26/2009 - This time, it was the consumer who had Wall Street rallying. Better-than-expected earnings from big consumer brands Best Buy, ConAgra Foods Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. sent the Dow Jones industrial average up 174 points Thursday to its highest level in six weeks.

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Doctors Say Kidney Stones in Kids are on the Rise

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Doctors are puzzling over what seems to be an increase in the number of children with kidney stones, a condition some blame on kids' love of cheeseburgers, fries and other salty foods.

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Volunteers Scramble as Fargo Nears Record Flooding

Updated: 03/26/2009 - North Dakota's largest city moved to the brink of potentially disastrous flooding Thursday, with earlier optimism fading as officials predicted the Red River would reach a record-high crest of 41 feet by the weekend.

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Tejada gets year probation for misleading Congress

Updated: 03/26/2009 - The prosecutor's words were delivered in the matter known as "The United States of America vs. Miguel O. Tejada," spoken during Thursday's 23-minute hearing in which the Houston Astros shortstop was sentenced to one year of probation for misleading Congress.

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Woman arrested 3 times in 3 days for drunk driving

Updated: 03/26/2009 - A 60-year-old Washington woman arrested for drunken driving three times in three days while vacationing in Wisconsin has been sentenced to a month in jail. The woman was arrested first at 2 p.m. March 11, 2008. A deputy saw her try to drive out of a ditch, wearing only one shoe and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.21, authorities said. The legal driving limit is .08.

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Officials: Madonna trying to adopt Malawian child

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Madonna is planning to adopt a second child from Malawi, officials said Thursday, but questions have already been raised over whether the newly divorced pop star will face obstacles because of her single mom status.

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Pastor who stole millions runs for Baptist office

Updated: 03/26/2009 - The ousted former president of a national organization of black Baptist churches is running for the position again, a decade after he was sent to prison for stealing millions of dollars from the group. The Rev. Henry J. Lyons was forced out as leader of the National Baptist Convention USA in 1999 after an investigation revealed he abused his power in the convention to steal about $4 million. He used the money to buy luxury homes and jewelry, and to support his mistresses.

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20 injured when tornado rips through Mississippi

Updated: 03/26/2009 - A fierce storm system kicked up a devastating tornado that injured 20 people in a tiny southern Mississippi town and scattered thunderstorms across the South, leaving a trail of ripped-up rooftops, shattered mobile homes and downed power lines and trees.

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Democrats turn back GOP call to reduce spending

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee defeated a Republican attempt Thursday to reduce recommended spending across hundreds of programs over the next five years as they moved toward approval of a blueprint that preserves President Barack Obama's top priorities.

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Administration unveils financial system overhaul

Updated: 03/26/2009 - The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the financial system designed to impose greater regulation on major players like hedge funds. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told lawmakers that the changes are needed to fix the flaws exposed by the current financial crisis, the worst to hit the country in seven decades.

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Record Fargo flood forecast; prayer replaces jokes

Updated: 03/26/2009 - North Dakota's largest city moved to the brink of potentially disastrous flooding Thursday, with earlier optimism fading as officials predicted the Red River would reach a record-high crest of 41 feet by the weekend.

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Sources: Obama to add US troops in Afghanistan

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Concerned about the faltering war in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama plans to dispatch thousands more military and civilian trainers on top of the 17,000 fresh combat troops he's already ordered, people familiar with the forthcoming plan said Thursday.

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Obama seizes bully pulpit online to pitch budget

Updated: 03/26/2009 - President Barack Obama seized the bully pulpit Thursday and reprised the best of his acclaimed campaign skills in an unprecedented Internet town hall from the White House - a direct sales pitch for Americans to get behind his $3.6 trillion budget and be patient as he tries to right the tottering economy.

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Sen Coburn (R-OK) Endorses Moran

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Moran is a Republican who was elected last year to his seventh term representing the sprawling 1st District that includes western Kansas. He is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sam Brownback, who has launched a campaign for governor.

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Boeing, Union Strike 3-Year Deal

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Negotiators for the union representing engineers at the Boeing Co.'s Wichita defense plant agreed Thursday to a three-year contract they don't like very much.

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7,500 GM Employees To Resign

Updated: 03/26/2009 - About 7,500 General Motors Corp. workers have signed up to take buyout and early retirement incentives to leave the company, the automaker said Thursday.

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Condom Uproar Latest Message Problem for Pope

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI has gone on YouTube and his speeches appear in Chinese on the Vatican Web site, but judging from the uproar over a Holocaust-denying bishop and his pronouncement that condoms deepen the AIDS crisis, he's clearly struggling with his message.

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