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Russia restarts gas, Europe sighs with relief

Updated: 01/20/2009 - PISAREVKA, Russia (AP) -- Russian natural gas finally flowed into Europe once again Tuesday, after Moscow and Kiev pulled back from an energy war that drastically reduced supplies to many nations for two tough winter weeks.

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Kenyans toast Obama presidency with beer, parties

Updated: 01/20/2009 - NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- From the shantytowns of Kenya's capital to the rural homestead of Barack Obama's relatives, thousands of Kenyans slaughtered goats, hoisted American flags and partied into the night Tuesday as a man they see as one of their own ascended to the world's most powerful office.

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Worldwide hopes soar for Obama inauguration

Updated: 01/20/2009 - LONDON (AP) -- A world made weary by war, recession, joblessness and fear shed its collective burden Tuesday to celebrate the arrival of a new American president. Bulls and goats were slaughtered for feasts in Kenya and caterers prepped for black-tie balls in the capitals of Europe.

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Hamas holds victory rallies as UN chief tours Gaza

Updated: 01/20/2009 - GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The U.N. chief inspected the devastation wrought by Israel's onslaught in Gaza on Tuesday, leading a moment of silence at the smoldering U.N. headquarters, as the territory's militant Hamas rulers, triumphant at having survived, held victory rallies amid the ruins.

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US reaches deal on Afghan supply routes to troops

Updated: 01/20/2009 - ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Russia and neighboring Central Asian nations have agreed to let supplies pass through their territory to American soldiers in Afghanistan, lessening Washington's dependence on dangerous routes through Pakistan, a top U.S. commander said Tuesday.

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Ex-President Bush and wife leave capital for Texas

Updated: 01/20/2009 - ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AP) -- Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, have boarded a plane in suburban Maryland for their flight back to Texas after eight years in the White House.

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Racine, Wis., mayor resigns after sex-sting arrest

Updated: 01/20/2009 - MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The mayor of Racine, Wis., resigned on Tuesday, days after being accused of trying to arrange a sexual encounter with someone he thought was an underage girl.

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Inauguration Draws Kan. Black Settlement Together

Updated: 01/20/2009 - The descendants of freed slaves who came to farm the Kansas prairie in 1877 gather again in the small town of Nicodemus to watch as Barack Obama is sworn in as president.

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Man calls cops, says he stole car and crashed it

Updated: 01/20/2009 - CEDAR GROVE, Wis. (AP) -- Sheboygan County prosecutors say a 21-year-old man who crashed his uncle's car called police to report that he stole the car and had been drinking. The man was charged Friday with a felony count of taking and driving a vehicle without the owner's consent. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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Man asks to be deported, then kicks police car

Updated: 01/20/2009 - SOUTHOLD, N.Y. (AP) -- Police on Long Island arrested a man after he allegedly kicked a police car and asked to be deported back to his home country of Guatemala. Police said the 27-year-old man called the Southold Police Department early Sunday and asked to be arrested so he could be deported.

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Woman arrested after child gives away hiding spot

Updated: 01/20/2009 - FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) -- A Fort Pierce woman ended up in jail because of a little girl with a big mouth. Police went to the home of 22-year-old woman on Friday to serve warrants for assault, harassing phone calls and violation probation carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

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Where's the cocaine? In the beef!

Posted: 01/20/2009 - ROME (AP) -- Italian customs police have arrested five people in separate drug busts, including two Brazilians who tried smuggling in cocaine hidden between packaged meat slices. Police at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport said Tuesday they seized 33 pounds of the drug last week.

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'Jaws of life' stolen from Ala. fire department

Updated: 01/20/2009 - HIGHLAND HOME, Ala. (AP) -- Highland Home's volunteer firefighters are trying to figure out why anyone would want to steal the "jaws of life." The $12,000 equipment, which is used to rescue people trapped inside vehicles after car wrecks, was recently stolen from the department.

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Man wins Austrian luxury villa in unusual raffle

Updated: 01/20/2009 - VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Walter Egger never had much luck with lotteries. That all changed Tuesday, when he won the raffle of a luxury villa worth more than euro830,000 (about $1 million) in Austria's southern province of Carinthia.

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Ind. man, 72, shaves shaggy eyebrows for charity

Updated: 01/20/2009 - BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (AP) -- A 72-year-old man with eyebrows so long he brushed them each morning raised $1,600 for charity from people who paid to take turns trimming down his out-of-control brows. Some of the wiry hairs shorn from Si Burgher's shaggy eyebrows measured more than three inches long because the former jeweler's brows had never been trimmed before.

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Man found burned in apartment with no sign of fire

Updated: 01/20/2009 - KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Investigators are baffled as to how a man suffered second- and third-degree burns inside his apartment - even though the only sign of a fire was a candle in the bathroom. Knoxville Fire Department crews found the 56-year-old victim inside his apartment bathroom Monday afternoon with third-degree burns to his face and second-degree burns to his hands.

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Cow knocks over woman on bike, steps on her legs

Updated: 01/20/2009 - BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- A woman escaped serious injury and refused medical treatment after a cow knocked her down and walked on her legs. Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks ranger Pete Taylor said the woman was riding her bicycle along the South Boulder Creek Trail on Monday when she encountered the cow and stopped to let the animal cross.

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More Than 1M Crowd DC for Obama's Inauguration

Updated: 01/20/2009 - More than 1 million people crammed onto the National Mall and along the Pennsylvania Avenue inauguration parade route Tuesday to witness the swearing-in of the nation's first black president.

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Obama Vows Responsible End to Iraq War

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Barack Obama is vowing to "responsibly leave Iraq to its people" and also to build what he calls a "hard-earned peace in Afghanistan."

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Hundreds gather for King Day service in Atlanta

Updated: 01/20/2009 - ATLANTA (AP) -- The inauguration of the nation's first black president is a huge step toward realizing Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial equality, but there is still work to be done, King's nephew told a large crowd Monday at the church where the civil rights leader once preached.

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