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Police: Sister Beats Up Bride At Wedding Reception

Updated: 01/30/2009 - A woman who wasn't invited to her sister's wedding reception showed up anyway and attacked the bride, pulling out clumps of her hair, police said. Annmarie Bricker, 23, of Valparaiso, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of battery.

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Ex-Congo Soldier Admits Training Children

Updated: 01/30/2009 - A former Congolese militia fighter testified Friday that he trained children to use assault rifles and fought alongside them in the ethnic conflicts of eastern Congo.

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Air Force to Train Combat Docs to Use Acupuncture

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Chief Warrant Officer James Brad Smith broke five ribs, punctured a lung and shattered bones in his hand and thigh after falling more than 20 feet from a Black Hawk helicopter in Baghdad last month.

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Dino-right! Fix is in for misnamed Texas dinosaur

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Pleurocoelus has served ably as the official dinosaur of Texas. Sure, it was a plant-noshing herbivore in a fiercely barbecue-proud state, but the sauropod dwarfed most other dinos and lumbered with a 20-ton swagger.

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Ill.'s new gov: We'll `fumigate state government'

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Gov. Pat Quinn moved quickly Friday to put Rod Blagojevich's scandal-ridden tenure behind him, signing his first executive order and saying he wants to "fumigate state government."

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Volcano Threat Puts Alaskans On Alert

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Hardware stores and auto parts shops scored a post-holiday run of business this week as Anchorage-area residents stocked up on protective eyewear and masks ahead of a possible eruption of Mount Redoubt.

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Family: Octuplets' mother has 6 other children

Updated: 01/30/2009 - The woman who gave birth to octuplets this week already had six children but refused the option of reducing the number of embryos she was carrying last year, her mother said.

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Obama Looks To Boost Middle Class

Updated: 01/30/2009 - President Barack Obama reached out to the working and middle classes Friday, re-announcing the creation of a Middle Class Task Force and reversing a number of George W. Bush's executive orders that critics regard as bad for labor unions.

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Death row inmate aids in search for his SC victim

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Monica Caison figured it was worth a shot, so she fired off a letter, a single paragraph, to the man on death row for kidnapping and killing Alice Donovan during a two-week, 2,300-mile crime spree.

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Embattled Fla. House speaker steps down for now

Updated: 01/30/2009 - The speaker of Florida's House of Representatives said Friday he is stepping down temporarily to deal with a probe into his hiring by a state college for which he obtained millions of dollars in funding.

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ExxonMobil Shatters Annual Profit Record

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Exxon Mobil Corp. on Friday reported a profit of $45.2 billion for 2008, breaking its own record for a U.S. company, even as its fourth-quarter earnings fell 33 percent from a year ago.

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Change in distress beacons could strand boaters

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Like callers dialing 911 and getting no answer, boaters could end up stranded - or worse - if they haven't upgraded their emergency distress beacons by this weekend. But the improved technology will speed rescues and spare agencies from many false alarms.

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Fla. mom's lawyers can view wooded crime scene

Updated: 01/30/2009 - A judge on Friday denied a motion from Casey Anthony's defense attorneys to remove prosecutors from her murder trial but ruled that the defense team can inspect woods where the remains of her slain toddler were found. Casey Anthony is charged with killing her daughter, Caylee, who was 2 when she disappeared last summer.

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Shawnee Co. DA Discovers Nearly 4000 Backlogged Cases

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Shawnee Co. DA Chad Taylor says a review of pending cases back to the year 2000 shows 3,955 with no decision made on whether to prosecute or decline charges.Taylor says 1,724 of those have had the five-year statute of limitations run out.

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Thousands bide time in shelters after ice storm

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Utility crews made some progress Friday in restoring power to the more than 1.3 million homes and businesses darkened by an ice storm that crippled states from Missouri to West Virginia, but thousands were still bunking in toasty shelters because their homes had no water or heat.

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Kansas Senate Approves overdue Fuel Tax Payments

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Payments of $6.6 million in overdue state fuel tax revenue sent to the wrong counties is included in a budget-balancing bill sent to the House. Money for 19 counties is included.

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Gambling back in play in Kansas Legislature

Updated: 01/30/2009 - House Federal and State Affairs Committee Chairman Melvin Neufeld said Friday that his committee is drafting a bill to reduce the minimum investment required to operate a state-owned casino in the southeast Kansas gambling zone of Crawford and Cherokee counties.

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Science Foundation's Funding Eyed Amid Porn Claims

Updated: 01/30/2009 - The ranking GOP member of the Senate Finance Committee wants Congress to reconsider new funding to the National Science Foundation amid allegations that top staffers spent long stretches of their day surfing the Internet for pornography.

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Honda cuts Annual Forecast as 3Q Profit Tumbles

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Honda Motor Co. slashed its annual profit target by over half Friday as profit tumbled 90 percent in the latest quarter, hit by rising costs, a stronger yen and falling sales in key markets.

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