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The American mood: Is the angst bottoming out?

Updated: 04/11/2009 - Friday night in northern New Jersey, circa April 2009, offers clues to prove any theory about the American economic meltdown, depending on what you want to believe. Just like so many places these days.

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Sickly racehorses recover after rescue

Updated: 04/11/2009 - On March 3, 2004, a 3-year-old chestnut filly named Theonlyword won the first race at Aqueduct and her steel-gray stablemate Coconut Martini won the second.

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SWAT tactics examined after Oakland cop killings

Updated: 04/11/2009 - Law enforcement experts call residential entryways the "fatal funnel" -and that is where two Oakland police officers met death when they confronted a barricaded gunman, who allegedly had already killed two other officers hours earlier.

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AP: POW benefit claimants exceed recorded POWs

Updated: 04/11/2009 - Prisoners of war suffer in ways most veterans don't, enduring humiliating forced marches, torture or other trauma that may haunt them long afterward. In partial recompense, the government extends them special benefits, from free parking and tax breaks to priority in medical treatment.

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Calif. Sunday School Teacher Booked in Child Death

Updated: 04/11/2009 - Police said Saturday after arresting a Sunday school teacher that they still didn't know the motive for the killing of an 8-year-old girl whose body was found in a suitcase dumped in an irrigation pond.

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AP IMPACT: Chinese Drywall Poses Potential Risks

Updated: 04/11/2009 - At the height of the U.S. housing boom, when building materials were in short supply, American construction companies used millions of pounds of Chinese-made drywall because it was abundant and cheap.

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Regulators Close Colorado Bank

Updated: 04/11/2009 - Regulators have shut down the New Frontier Bank in Greeley, making it the 23rd bank in the nation and the second in Colorado to fail this year.

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Hijacked Ship Arrives Safely In Kenya Port

Updated: 04/11/2009 - Cheering and guarded by Navy Seals, the crew of the American container ship Maersk Alabama reached a Kenyan port Saturday evening without their captain, still held hostage by Somali pirates in a lifeboat hundreds of miles from shore.

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Woman Leads Cops In Wild 100-Mph Pursuit

Updated: 04/11/2009 - A driver tried to ram a Long Beach car, prompting an hour-long, high-speed chase Friday in which the woman drove the car in circles, went the wrong way on a tollway and even got out of the car to gesture at officers, authorities said.

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Hearing in 1977 Kansas Murder Case Delayed

Updated: 04/11/2009 - A man convicted in a Wichita woman's 1977 beating death must wait a little while longer to learn whether modern DNA testing could clear him.

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Dungeons & Dragons Co-Creator Dies At 61

Updated: 04/11/2009 - Dave Arneson, one of the co-creators of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy game and a pioneer of role-playing entertainment, died after a two-year battle with cancer, his family said Thursday. He was 61.

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Twisters Take Lives In Ark., Tenn.

Updated: 04/11/2009 - A reported tornado killed two people and injured 30 Friday in central Tennessee as a line of storms that killed three people a day earlier in western Arkansas crept into the South, emergency officials said.

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Teen Wounds 3, Kills Self At Greek College

Updated: 04/11/2009 - A teenage gunman who wounded three people at a college in Greece and killed himself had warned of the attack hours earlier on an Internet posting that included photographs of him posing with the weapons, police said.

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Japan To Pump $150 Billion Into Economy

Updated: 04/11/2009 - Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso unveiled a new stimulus package Friday, calling for 15 trillion yen ($150 billion) in government spending to lift the world's second-largest economy from a painful recession.

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Murder, DUI Charges In Death Of MLB Player

Updated: 04/11/2009 - A 22-year-old man was charged with three murder counts and drunken driving Friday in the crash that killed Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others.

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High-Seas Pirate Hostage Drama Escalates

Updated: 04/11/2009 - An American captain held hostage by four Somali pirates tried to swim for his freedom but was recaptured Friday, and officials said the high seas hostage drama escalated as both pirate ships and U.S. warcraft sailed to the scene.

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Lohan "Devastated" By Breakup

Updated: 04/11/2009 - Lindsay Lohan's split with her girlfriend Samantha Ronson is leading to a lot of public embarrassment for the actress, and it may signal a serious meltdown, reports Early Show national correspondent Hattie Kauffman.

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Two Dead In Michigan College Shooting

Updated: 04/11/2009 - A student fatally shot a female classmate before turning the gun on himself Friday in an apparent murder-suicide that prompted a lockdown at a community college west of Detroit, police said.

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Saturday Easter Egg Hunts

Updated: 04/11/2009 - Included is a list of Saturday morning/afternoon's Easter Egg hunts...enjoy while the weather is nice!

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Murder, DUI Charges Filed in Pitcher's Death

Updated: 04/10/2009 - Anaheim Police say Andrew Gallo ran a red light, and smashed into the car carrying Nick Adenhart and two friends after the L.A. Angels game.

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