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Pilot's life had prepared him for 'miracle' flight

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Chesley Sullenberger spent practically his whole life preparing for the five-minute crucible that was US Airways Flight 1549. He got his pilot's license at 14, flew fighter jets in the Air Force, investigated air disasters, mastered glider flying and even studied the psychology of how cockpit crews behave in a crisis.

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Sri Lanka: Thousands of Civilians Flee Rebel Area

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Thousands of civilians have fled Sri Lanka's northern war zone in recent days, crossing the front lines amid fierce fighting as the army closed in on the rebels' last stronghold, the military said Friday.

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Records: Ousted Mo. school chief a heavy gambler

Updated: 01/16/2009 - A former suburban school superintendent who was sentenced earlier this month for looting the district visited casinos more than 900 times in five years and lost more than $175,000, newly released court records show.

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Jury acquits Calif. ex-sheriff of all but 1 count

Updated: 01/16/2009 - A jury stunned a courtroom Friday by acquitting former Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona of a sweeping corruption conspiracy and all but one related count of witness tampering in a case that alleged extensive bribery in exchange for the power of his office.

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Obama's half brother performs in China

Updated: 01/16/2009 - The news release didn't say who Mark Ndesandjo was. Nor did the posters and e-mails promoting the concert Friday in this southern Chinese boomtown where he played piano to raise money for orphans.

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Both engines missing from jet ditched in Hudson

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Federal investigators said both engines of the US Airways jetliner that ditched into the Hudson River were missing Friday as reports emerged that the pilot who safely landed the aircraft had considered an emergency landing at two airports. Police divers were using sonar to find the engines. Kitty Higgins of the National Transportation Safety Board said both apparently came off after hitting the water Thursday.

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American painter Andrew Wyeth dies at 91 in Pa.

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Artist Andrew Wyeth, who portrayed the hidden melancholy of the people and landscapes of Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley and coastal Maine in works such as "Christina's World," died early Friday. He was 91.

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Police Seek Gumball and Candy Machine Thieves

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Police are looking for two men who have stolen gumball and candy machines in a string of seven thefts in the past month at restaurants and businesses. The burglars usually break in by throwing a rock through a window.

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Nebraska Mother, Daughter Accused of Forging Checks

Updated: 01/16/2009 - A mother and daughter have been arrested in Lincoln on suspicion of working together to forge checks. Police said officers arrested a 42-year-old woman earlier this month after identifying her as the person who passed eight of 20 bad checks — totaling nearly $8,000 — at area grocery stores.

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Both engines missing from jet ditched in Hudson

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Federal investigators said both engines are missing from the US Airways jetliner that ditched into the Hudson River as reports emerged that the pilot who safely landed the aircraft had considered an emergency landing at two airports. Police divers were using sonar to find the engines, which was believed to be in the water.

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Cold feet? Couple marry outside on frigid night

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Somebody probably got cold feet at this wedding, but the ceremony went on as planned. Stacy Ramsey and Matt McCorkle kept their vow to be married on the second anniversary of when they got together, and were married Thursday night in Lewiston.

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Knoxville Explains Grenade in Blog Post

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Johnny Knoxville jokes that he was worried airport security brought out a bomb-sniffing dog because he was carrying one of his movies.

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Actor Freeman foots prom bill in Sundance doc

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Morgan Freeman was disappointed to learn that his local high school in Charleston, Miss., still held separate proms, one for black students, one for white. So he offered to pay for a single prom that both could attend.

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Brrr, y'all: Temps startle South, blanket the East

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Miserable, lung-burning, face-numbing temperatures are one thing in the Midwest and Northeast. But the Deep South? Temperatures plummeted Friday across the Midwest and eastern U.S., and delivered a stinging slap to Southerners unaccustomed to the frigid weather. Schools were closed in a dozen states and homeless shelters were overcrowded. Those that did venture outside bundled up and made quick trips.

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Long-time Leader Retiring from USD 501

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Dr. Terry Sandlin, Associate Superintendent of Instruction and Learning for USD 501, will retire effective June 30th. The 65-year old has been with the district 40 years.

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44 Become U.S. Citizens in Topeka Ceremony

Updated: 01/16/2009 - U.S. District Court Judge Sam Crow presided over a naturalization ceremony Friday. The event saw 44 people from 24 countries become new U.S. citizens.

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