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'Jaws of life' stolen from Ala. fire department

Updated: 01/20/2009 - HIGHLAND HOME, Ala. (AP) -- Highland Home's volunteer firefighters are trying to figure out why anyone would want to steal the "jaws of life." The $12,000 equipment, which is used to rescue people trapped inside vehicles after car wrecks, was recently stolen from the department.

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Man wins Austrian luxury villa in unusual raffle

Updated: 01/20/2009 - VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Walter Egger never had much luck with lotteries. That all changed Tuesday, when he won the raffle of a luxury villa worth more than euro830,000 (about $1 million) in Austria's southern province of Carinthia.

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Ind. man, 72, shaves shaggy eyebrows for charity

Updated: 01/20/2009 - BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (AP) -- A 72-year-old man with eyebrows so long he brushed them each morning raised $1,600 for charity from people who paid to take turns trimming down his out-of-control brows. Some of the wiry hairs shorn from Si Burgher's shaggy eyebrows measured more than three inches long because the former jeweler's brows had never been trimmed before.

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Man found burned in apartment with no sign of fire

Updated: 01/20/2009 - KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Investigators are baffled as to how a man suffered second- and third-degree burns inside his apartment - even though the only sign of a fire was a candle in the bathroom. Knoxville Fire Department crews found the 56-year-old victim inside his apartment bathroom Monday afternoon with third-degree burns to his face and second-degree burns to his hands.

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Cow knocks over woman on bike, steps on her legs

Updated: 01/20/2009 - BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- A woman escaped serious injury and refused medical treatment after a cow knocked her down and walked on her legs. Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks ranger Pete Taylor said the woman was riding her bicycle along the South Boulder Creek Trail on Monday when she encountered the cow and stopped to let the animal cross.

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More Than 1M Crowd DC for Obama's Inauguration

Updated: 01/20/2009 - More than 1 million people crammed onto the National Mall and along the Pennsylvania Avenue inauguration parade route Tuesday to witness the swearing-in of the nation's first black president.

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Obama Vows Responsible End to Iraq War

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Barack Obama is vowing to "responsibly leave Iraq to its people" and also to build what he calls a "hard-earned peace in Afghanistan."

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Hundreds gather for King Day service in Atlanta

Updated: 01/20/2009 - ATLANTA (AP) -- The inauguration of the nation's first black president is a huge step toward realizing Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial equality, but there is still work to be done, King's nephew told a large crowd Monday at the church where the civil rights leader once preached.

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General Mills and Kroger pull peanut butter items

Updated: 01/20/2009 - MILWAUKEE (AP) -- General Mills Inc. and grocers Kroger Co., Safeway Inc. and Meijer Inc. have joined the growing list of food companies and retailers pulling items with peanut butter amid a salmonella outbreak that has killed at least six people and sickened more than 470 others in 43 states.

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Accountant: Fla. money manager owed $50 million

Updated: 01/20/2009 - SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Around the same time he mysteriously vanished, hedge fund manager Arthur G. Nadel owed a $50 million payout to some of the investors who had entrusted their life savings to him, an accountant said Monday.

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2 dead in snowy, 40-vehicle highway crash in Md.

Updated: 01/20/2009 - MYERSVILLE, Md. (AP) -- A pileup of 35 cars and five tractor-trailers on a snowy Maryland highway killed two people Monday and seriously injured at least a dozen, state police said.

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Paul outdoes Granger to give Hornets dramatic win

Updated: 01/20/2009 - On a night Kobe Bryant and LeBron James faced off, Chris Paul and Danny Granger put on a better show. Hours before the Cavaliers and Lakers tipped off in Los Angeles, Paul and Granger both made clutch shots with time winding down. Only Paul's stood up as a winner. Paul capped a 27-point performance with a fadeaway 3-pointer as time expired - after Granger hit a 3 with 2.5 seconds left - and the hobbled New Orleans Hornets escaped with a 103-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

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Web grief: Funeral webcasts gain in popularity

Updated: 01/20/2009 - COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service has taken the business of grief high-tech: It's one of a growing number of funeral service providers to embrace the Web.

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Study: Women less able to suppress hunger than men

Updated: 01/20/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Faced with their favorite foods, women are less able than men to suppress their hunger, a discovery that may help explain the higher obesity rate for females, a new study suggests. Researchers trying to understand the brain's mechanisms for controlling food intake were surprised at the difference between the sexes in brain response.

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Fiat and Chrysler sign alliance plan

Updated: 01/20/2009 - ROME (AP) -- Fiat and Chrysler said Tuesday they have signed a nonbinding agreement for a strategic alliance that would give the Italian auto empire a 35-percent stake in the troubled U.S. carmaker.

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Hundreds of Rwandan troops enter eastern Congo

Updated: 01/20/2009 - KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- More than 1,500 Rwandan troops crossed the border into eastern Congo on Tuesday to join Congolese forces in an effort to oust Hutu rebels who participated in Rwanda's genocide, officials from both countries and the U.N. said.

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Records show plane suffered previous malfunction

Updated: 01/20/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The US Airways jet that made a dramatic emergency landing on New York's Hudson River last week experienced an engine compressor failure two days earlier, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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