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A "Mud Bog" for Phoenix

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Phoenix Entrikin celebrates his 1st birthday later this month. But the big party is the "mud bog" truck racers will participate in this Saturday. Learn more in Ralph's interview with Phoenix's dad, and a family friend.

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North Korea stages huge rally to celebrate rocket

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Tens of thousands of North Koreans rallied Wednesday in Pyongyang to support Kim Jong Il as he embarks on his third term as leader and to celebrate a rocket launch that was criticized elsewhere as a violation of U.N. sanctions.

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Deer Smashes through Doors, 3 Vehicles in Arkansas

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A deer somehow survived being hit by a car near Little Rock, but that was only the first part of what soon became a very rough day. On Tuesday morning in White Hall, the vehicle struck the animal on U.S. Highway 270.

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100,000 Thais rally against king's adviser

Updated: 04/08/2009 - About 100,000 protesters seeking to topple Thailand's government turned their wrath Wednesday on the 88-year-old top adviser to the country's revered king, accusing him of undermining democracy by orchestrating a pivotal 2006 coup.

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Indonesians vote for new parliament

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Parliamentary elections Thursday could determine if President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will have enough support to win a second five-year term needed to push through aggressive economic and institutional reforms.

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NORAD: Shooting Down Stolen Plane not Considered

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The agency charged with defending North American air space never seriously considered shooting down a rogue pilot who flew into U.S. airspace because it quickly determined that he had no hostile intent, a spokesman said Wednesday.

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Suspected US missile kills 3 in northwest Pakistan

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A suspected U.S. missile struck a car in a lawless northwest Pakistani tribal region Wednesday, intelligence officials said, killing two insurgents and a civilian a day after the country again told visiting U.S. officials it opposes such attacks.

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Iranian president welcomes 'honest' talks with US

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Iran's hard-line president said Wednesday that his country welcomes talks with the United States should the American president prove to be "honest" in extending its hand toward Iran, one of the strongest signals yet that Tehran welcomes Barack Obama's calls for dialogue.

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Iran charges American journalist with espionage

Updated: 04/08/2009 - An American journalist jailed for more than two months in Iran has been charged with spying for the U.S., a judge said Wednesday, dashing hopes of a quick release days after her parents arrived in the country seeking her freedom.

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Woman's tofu license plate curdles in Colo.

Updated: 04/08/2009 - One Colorado woman's love for tofu has been judged X-rated by state officials. Kelly Coffman-Lee wanted to tell the world about her fondness for bean curd by picking certain letters for her SUV's license plate.

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Woman Accused of Whacking Deputy's Nose with Purse

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Sheriff's officials said a deputy plans to be back on duty Wednesday after a woman she was trying to arrest broke her nose with her purse. Sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter said the purse the 48-year-old woman swung Tuesday evening contained a large bottle of perfume and weighed more than three pounds.

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Joaquin Phoenix II? Billy Bob gives odd interview

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Joaquin, you have competition. In a radio appearance reminiscent of David's Letterman's recent interview with actor-turned-rapper Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Bob Thornton gave a puzzling and difficult interview Wednesday.

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Obama looking at cooling air to fight warming

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Tinkering with Earth's climate to chill runaway global warming - a radical idea once dismissed out of hand - is being discussed by the White House as a potential emergency option, the president's new science adviser said Wednesday.

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Some criticize Calif. police in missing girl case

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Police called the disappearance of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu a missing persons case, not an abduction, for 10 days - until some farm workers drained an irrigation pond and found her body stuffed in a suitcase.

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US to attend group nuclear talks with Iran

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The Obama administration said Wednesday it will participate directly in group talks with Iran over its suspect nuclear program, another significant shift from President George W. Bush's policy toward a nation he labeled part of an axis of evil.

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Steel Pipe Makers File Trade Case against China

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Producers of steel pipe used in oil and gas drilling on Wednesday filed complaints with U.S. trade officials over alleged unfair competition from Chinese imports they say have flooded the domestic market.

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Quake funerals begin in Italy as more bodies found

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Bells tolled in hilltowns across central Italy on Wednesday as the first funerals got under way for victims of the country's devastating earthquake. The Vatican granted a dispensation so a funeral Mass for most of the 272 dead could be celebrated on Good Friday.

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10 Holy Cross priests object to Obama invitation

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Ten priests from the order that founded the University of Notre Dame say the school risks its "true soul" and could distance itself from the Roman Catholic Church by inviting President Barack Obama to campus next month.

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For US, few military options to deter piracy

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The U.S. sent warships speeding to the scene. But they were hours away when the brazen pirates attacked, and the world's greatest sea power had to face the fact that it had only limited options to respond to the startling seizure of American merchant seamen.

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New Revenue Figures Make Kansas Budget Shakier

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A report Tuesday from the Kansas Legislative Research Department said the state took in about $374 million, or 12 percent less than anticipated. That means lawmakers may have to adjust their just-approved 2010 budget bill.

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New Kansas Law Aims to Attract Green Energy Firms

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A law taking effect April 16th allows Kansas to issue up to $5 million in bonds to help firms who manufacture solar and wind energy equipment. Eligible companies would invest $30 million in the state and hire at least 200 workers within 5 years.

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Crew retakes US ship from pirates, captain held

Updated: 04/08/2009 - In a riveting high-seas drama, an unarmed American crew wrested control of their U.S.-flagged cargo ship from Somali pirates Wednesday and sent them fleeing to a lifeboat with the captain as hostage. U.S. warship and at least six others were speeding toward the ship - the first with an American crew to be taken by pirates off the Horn of Africa - as crew members negotiated with the pirates for the return of the captain.

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Woman Finds $357,959 Cashiers Check and Returns It

Updated: 04/08/2009 - As she walked from a post office, Talon Curtis thought she'd found one of those gimmicky sweepstakes offers on the ground that scream something like "$357,959.55" in big bold letters and "This is not a real check" in much smaller type. But just as she was about to do her part for a cleaner planet and deliver the paper from the parking lot to a trash can, she noticed it was a real cashier's check with a real signature.

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