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NY driver, passenger switch places; both drunk

Updated: 01/16/2009 - MOUNT SINAI, N.Y. (AP) -- A drunken Long Island driver switched places with his passenger - but the new driver also was intoxicated. Suffolk County police said an officer spotted the driver and passenger stopped on the road and switching places early Thursday in Mount Sinai.

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I triple-dog dare you: Boy's tongue stuck on pole

Updated: 01/16/2009 - HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) -- In a scene straight out of the movie "A Christmas Story," a 10-year-old boy got his tongue stuck to a metal light pole. Police said the unidentified fourth-grader was able to tell them that a friend dared him to lick the pole Wednesday night. Temperatures in Hammond were around 10 degrees at the time.

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Police seek gumball and candy machine thieves

Updated: 01/16/2009 - LACEY, Wash. (AP) -- 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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Kansas AG Raises $203,000 for 2010 Campaign

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Attorney General Steve Six raises more than $203,000 last year for a campaign to hold onto his office in 2010. More than half of his cash contributions, about $112,000, came from attorneys, law firms or companies that provide specialized services.

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Neb. mother, daughter accused of forging checks

Updated: 01/16/2009 - LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- 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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Apple's disclosures about Jobs might draw lawsuits

Updated: 01/16/2009 - After watching billions of dollars evaporate on news that Steve Jobs will take a medical leave of absence - just a week after the cancer survivor advised people to relax because his health problems were easily treated - some Apple Inc. shareholders likely are thinking about lawsuits.

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NY Man Accused of Stealing Shark from Pet Store

Updated: 01/16/2009 - FRANKLIN SQUARE, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York man is accused of going fishing in a pet store aquarium where he caught a $350 shark and smuggled it out of the shop under his jacket. Police said the Freeport man released the contraband shark into his home aquarium, where they say he also kept a green moray eel he had purchased with a stolen credit card.

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Sequels to iconic CEOs rarely as good as original

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Legendary CEOs like Apple Inc.'s Steve Jobs are almost impossible acts to follow. Most of the sequels have disappointed the stock market, with some flopping so badly that they were scrapped to make room for the return of the star attraction.

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Hungary gorilla recovering after rare surgery

Updated: 01/16/2009 - BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The Budapest Zoo says a 32-year-old female gorilla has undergone gynecological surgery, the first such operation in Hungary and rare even worldwide.

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Woman allegedly wallops hockey player with stick

Updated: 01/16/2009 - KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) -- Police said a 52-year-old Ketchum woman is facing misdemeanor battery charges for whacking an opposing player with a hockey stick during a no-contact hockey game. Sun Valley police said they issued a misdemeanor battery citation to the woman earlier this week.

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Cold feet? Couple marry outside on frigid night

Updated: 01/16/2009 - LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- 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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British writer John Mortimer dead at 85

Updated: 01/16/2009 - British lawyer and writer John Mortimer, creator of the curmudgeonly criminal lawyer Rumpole of the Bailey, died Friday. He was 85.

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KSU Preps for Second Pres. Candidate

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Kansas State University has announced the second of the candidates to replace outgoing President Jon Wefald.

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Protesters clash with police in Lithuania

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Violent political protests sweeping parts of Eastern Europe spread Friday to Lithuania, where police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at a rock-throwing mob attacking Parliament.

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Shoplifter gets run over twice by her getaway car

Updated: 01/16/2009 - CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities are looking for a shoplifter who was run over twice by her getaway car after stealing $1,200 worth of designer purses from a Cape Coral store. A T.J. Maxx security guard told police she saw a woman stuff six designer Dooney & Bourke purses into her pants Tuesday morning and walk out of the store. The guard said she was confronting the woman when a car pulled up.

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Cardinals' Boldin says he's likely to play Sunday

Updated: 01/16/2009 - TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- After missing a playoff game with an injured hamstring, Arizona wide receiver Anquan Boldin said he expects to play in the NFC championship against Philadelphia on Sunday. "I'm feeling good," Boldin said after practice Friday. "I've been able to practice all week, so if nothing else happens at this point, I'll be out on the field."

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Hungary gorilla recovering after rare surgery

Updated: 01/16/2009 - BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The Budapest Zoo says a 32-year-old female gorilla has undergone gynecological surgery, the first such operation in Hungary and rare even worldwide.

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NASA Chief Griffin says Goodbye to Employees

Updated: 01/16/2009 - NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said goodbye Friday to the space agency's employees, thanking them for their hard work during his four years on the job and urging them to support his successor.

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Knoxville: 'Wardrobe girl' put prop grenade in bag

Updated: 01/16/2009 - LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Johnny Knoxville jokes that he was worried airport security brought out a bomb-sniffing dog because he was carrying one of his movies. It was a prop grenade, not "Daltry Calhoun" or "Walking Tall," that caused the concern and could lead to a misdemeanor charge.

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

Updated: 01/16/2009 - NEW YORK (AP) -- 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, was named best aviator in his class at the Air Force Academy, flew fighter jets, investigated air disasters, mastered glider flying and even studied the psychology of how cockpit crews behave in a crisis.

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

Updated: 01/16/2009 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- 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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Iraqi guards said to throw party for shoe-thrower

Updated: 01/16/2009 - BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi journalist jailed since throwing his shoes at President George W. Bush got a visit from his brother Friday and a birthday party from his guards as he turned 30.

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Israel to vote on Egyptian proposal for Gaza truce

Updated: 01/16/2009 - GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel's Security Cabinet will vote Saturday night on an Egyptian proposal for a truce to end the 3-week-old offensive against Gaza's Hamas rulers, a senior government official said.

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