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Richardson Withdraws As Obama Nominee

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Obama's cabinet choice pulls out of the running over a grand jury probe investigating lucrative New Mexico state contracts.

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Florida Couple Back Home After Unexpected Cuba Trip

Updated: 01/04/2009 - A Florida couple who said they wound up in a Cuban jail after their boat was badly damaged in a storm is back home. Robert Vassallo on Friday said he and his girlfriend, Angellette Smith, flew into Miami New Year's Eve. The couple said they had been sailing around the Caribbean when they encountered rough waves, and their boat washed ashore and sustained damages.

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Homicides Down In Many Major Cities

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Killings dropped by a third here last year, making Wisconsin's largest city among the nation's most successful in tackling its 2008 murder rate.

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DWI Deaths: Is It Murder?

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Drunk driving kills more than 13,000 Americans a year - that's one every 39 minutes. Authorities call it an epidemic. They say that despite all the publicity, all the education campaigns, and all the advertising over the past decade, the number of drunk-driving fatalities has not gone down.

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Israeli Troops and Tanks Slice Deep Into Gaza

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Thousands of Israeli troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships surrounded Gaza's largest city and fought militants at close range Sunday, the first full day of an overwhelming ground offensive in the coastal territory.

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Critics Say Newark Barbed Wire Ban Helps Criminals

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Some business owners in this crime-plagued city say recent enforcement of a decades-old ordinance prohibiting some types of barbed wire and razor wire is making Newark more attractive — to thieves.

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Wikipedia meets $6 million fundraising goal

Updated: 01/04/2009 - The nonprofit foundation that runs Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia of user-contributed articles, said Friday it has met its $6 million fundraising goal for fiscal 2008.

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Kaine to take over as DNC chairman

Updated: 01/04/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama has selected Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, two Democrats said Sunday.

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Illinois Senate appointee Burris plans busy Sunday

Updated: 01/04/2009 - The man who embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich named to fill a vacant Senate seat says he hopes legal details regarding his controversial appointment are worked out soon.

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Series of quakes hit Indonesia, killing 4

Updated: 01/04/2009 - A series of powerful earthquakes killed at least four people and injured dozens in remote eastern Indonesia Sunday and briefly triggered fears of another tsunami in a country still recovering from 2004's deadly waves.

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Mars Rover Mission Reaches 5th Anniversary

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Five years after the NASA rover Spirit landed on Mars, the six-wheel robotic geologist and its twin Opportunity are still on the job.

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Ill Gov Allies Vanish as Impeachment Vote Nears

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich doesn't have many friends these days, particularly among the lawmakers who will decide whether to throw him out of office.

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Cell Phone Soap Operas Deliver Safe-Sex Message

Updated: 01/04/2009 - The scene is from a soap opera with a purpose: to use short videos to go beyond pamphlets on safe sex and deliver the message to women who might otherwise tune it out.

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Travolta Says He Is Heartbroken at Son's Death

Updated: 01/04/2009 - John Travolta said Sunday he and his wife Kelly Preston are "heartbroken" over the death of their chronically ill 16-year-old son, who collapsed at the family's vacation home on Grand Bahama.

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Female Bomber at Shiite Shrine in Baghdad KIills 38

Updated: 01/04/2009 - A woman hiding among Iranian pilgrims with a bomb strapped under her black robe killed more than three dozen people Sunday outside a Baghdad mosque during ceremonies commemorating the death of one of Shiite Islam's most revered saints.

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Former President Bush Touts Son Jeb For Top Job

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Another President Bush? Perhaps so, says former President George H.W. Bush, who has already seen one son, George W., serve in the Oval Office. The nation's 41st president said Sunday that he would like to see a second son, Jeb, be president one day.

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Israeli Troops and Tanks Slice Deep Into Gaza

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Thousands of Israeli troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships surrounded Gaza's largest city and fought militants at close range Sunday, the first full day of an overwhelming ground offensive in the coastal territory.

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Lawrence Changes Hedgehog Restriction

Updated: 01/04/2009 - It is now legal to have pet hedgehogs in Lawrence after an 11-year-old boy spent three years lobbying against the ban.

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Manhattan Smoking Ban Goes Into Effect

Updated: 01/04/2009 - A no-smoking ordinance voters approved in November took effect 12:01 am, Sunday. It bans smoking in most public places and some outdoor areas, too.

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