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Man who aided bicycle theft plan has bike stolen

Updated: 01/02/2009 - A former Fort Lauderdale city commissioner who helped create a program to combat bicycle theft had his own bike stolen while trying to help people involved in a vehicle crash.

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Police say alleged drug dealer accepted gift cards

Updated: 01/02/2009 - You can call it a case of creative drug-dealing. Athens police have a 38-year-old man in custody for allegedly accepting gift cards for payment for crack cocaine and prescription drugs. Police Captain Marty Bruce, a spokesman, said the man was arrested Monday night. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

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The Business Of Bartering

Updated: 01/02/2009 - CBS Evening News: The recession has forced many cash-strapped Americans to resurrect a depression-era tradition.

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Alleged beef, lobster thief says 'times are tough'

Updated: 01/02/2009 - This alleged grocery thief apparently has a taste for finer cuisine. Racine police said 43-year-old Brian A. Rubenstein tried to steal $625 in groceries, including $365 in lobster and $213 in ribeye and beef roasts. Police said the Kenosha man was arrested Dec. 23 after store employees caught him walking out with a loaded cart.

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NY driver's test ends with bystander in hospital

Updated: 01/02/2009 - NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) -- Police say a woman taking a driving test ended up pinning a bystander after losing control of the car on a snowy Westchester County road. New Rochelle police said the 23-year-old driver rounded a corner Wednesday morning, lost traction and trapped a man cleaning snow off his car. Lt. George Marshall says the examiner tried to use the test car's secondary set of brakes, but they failed.

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Woman, 89, who kept boy's football, sues parents

Updated: 01/02/2009 - An 89-year-old Cincinnati-area woman arrested for confiscating the neighbor kid's football is now suing the boy's parents. Edna Jester filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court claiming she has suffered emotional distress because footballs and other playthings belonging to her next-door neighbors keep landing in her yard.

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Think-Off 2009: 'Ever wrong to do right?'

Updated: 01/02/2009 - - A tricky question of morality is this year's brainteaser in the annual philosophy competition called the Great American Think-Off.

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Man tries to deter drunk driving with paintballs

Updated: 01/02/2009 - A man in Washington state who reportedly told police he was trying to deter a friend from driving drunk by blasting the friend's windshield with paintballs wound up in jail.

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Kan. Taxes Fall Short in December

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Preliminary figures from the Department of Revenue show the state collected almost $482 million in December. But financial forecasters had predicted more than $519 million in tax collections.

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Iraqi Parliament delays vote on foreign troops

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Iraq's parliament speaker has delayed a session to approve a resolution allowing British and other non-American troops to remain in Iraq until July 2009.

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Retailers Face Bleak 2009

Updated: 01/02/2009 - CBS Evening News: More than 200,000 stores expected to close; but strong companies will benefit .

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UN extends protection for Iraqi assets

Updated: 01/02/2009 - In a move sought by Iraq at a critical transition, the Security Council voted unanimously Monday to maintain U.N. protection for billions of dollars of Iraqi assets against seizure by governments, companies or individuals until the end of 2009.

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New Kan. Treasurer Takes Oath Monday

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed Dennis McKinney to replace Republican Lynn Jenkins, whose last day was Friday. Jenkins won the seat for the 2nd Congressional District in eastern Kansas.

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Christmas Eve services come early in Baghdad

Updated: 01/02/2009 - The Christmas Eve Mass for Baghdad's small and beleaguered Christian community started before dusk Wednesday instead of at the traditional midnight, a reflection of continued security concerns in the Iraqi capital.

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Troops in Iraq find Christmas in memories

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Cameron stood guard outside a once opulent Iraqi shopping mall that now serves as a small U.S. military outpost, trying not to think about what he was missing with his family on Christmas.

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A New Year Brings New Laws

Updated: 01/02/2009 - It's 2009: You cannot text while driving in Calif., smoke in an Oregon bar, or pee in public in N.H.

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Great Bend Officer Charged with DUI

Updated: 01/02/2009 - A Great Bend police officer is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after a one-vehicle crash while he was off duty.

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Man charged with spying for Saddam denied bail

Updated: 01/02/2009 - A Canadian citizen suspected of spying for his native Iraq during Saddam Hussein's regime was refused bail Tuesday amid concerns he would return to Canada and be out of U.S. reach.

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Iraq opens nearly 90 pct of its oil reserves

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Iraq, the holder of the world's third-largest oil reserves, has opened nearly 90 percent of its reserves to international oil companies for development in two major bidding rounds this year as the war-plagued country tries to raise money amid falling oil prices.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,221

Updated: 01/02/2009 - As of Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at least 4,221 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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