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Feds charge 3 NY men in election bias attacks

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Three white New Yorkers, riled by Barack Obama's victory, spent election night hunting down black people to beat up and yelling insults about the president-elect, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

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Jury may get ex-sheriff's case soon in California

Updated: 01/07/2009 - An attorney for a former Orange County sheriff criticized federal prosecutors Wednesday for including 64 distinct criminal allegations under the umbrella of a conspiracy charge in the sweeping public corruption case.

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Oil prices tumble below $43 on oil reserve report

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Energy prices plunged across the board Wednesday, giving up a week of gains with unexpectedly large U.S. crude reserves suggesting demand for energy has eroded even further.

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Continental flight powered with biofuel takes off

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Continental Airlines on Wednesday became the first U.S. commercial carrier to conduct a demonstration flight powered in part by alternative fuels, though large-scale use of such fuel is forecast to be several years away.

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CBO projects $1.2 trillion deficit for 2009

Updated: 01/07/2009 - The federal budget deficit will nearly triple to an unprecedented $1.2 trillion for the 2009 budget year, according to grim new Congressional Budget Office figures.

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Intel will miss its already-lowered 4Q targets

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Even after sharply reducing its outlook for the fourth quarter, Intel Corp. said Wednesday that it would miss its revenue projection by about $500 million, a sign that PC makers and buyers are being more tightfisted than it seemed only two months ago.

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Russia stops all gas supply to Europe via Ukraine

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Russia cut off all gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine on Wednesday, playing hardball in a weeklong standoff that has left more than a dozen countries struggling to cope with dwindling energy supplies in the depths of winter.

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Jury may get ex-sheriff's case soon in California

Updated: 01/07/2009 - An attorney for a former Orange County sheriff criticized federal prosecutors Wednesday for including 64 distinct criminal allegations under the umbrella of a conspiracy charge in the sweeping public corruption case.

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Spokane, Wash., residents cope with record snow

Updated: 01/07/2009 - More than 6 feet of snow in the past three weeks has made Spokane residents edgy, and Wednesday brought new problems as melting snow and ice caused flooding and mudslides.

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Texas seeks custody of sect leader's alleged bride

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Texas authorities are seeking permanent custody of an 14-year-old girl who was allegedly married to jailed polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, a step toward severing her parents' rights altogether.

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Colo. 1st state with 2 black legislative leaders

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Sharecropper's grandson Terrance Carroll was chosen Wednesday as speaker of Colorado's House of Representatives, making the state the first in the nation where blacks lead both chambers of its Legislature.

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Passenger allegedly made threat on LA-bound jet

Updated: 01/07/2009 - A Los Angeles airport spokesman says a man who allegedly made a threat aboard a jetliner as it was landing was subdued by passengers and is being questioned.

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Passenger allegedly made threat on LA-bound jet

Updated: 01/07/2009 - A Los Angeles airport spokesman says a man who allegedly made a threat aboard a jetliner as it was landing was subdued by passengers and is being questioned.

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His US sentence served, Noriega fights extradition

Updated: 01/07/2009 - As the only prisoner of war held on U.S. soil, inmate No. 38699-079 gets annual visits from the Red Cross and can wear his military uniform and insignia when he goes to court.

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Richardson adviser worked for firm feds probing

Updated: 01/07/2009 - One of Gov. Bill Richardson's longtime friends and political advisers worked as a consultant for the California firm at the center a federal pay-to-play investigation that derailed the Democratic governor's appointment as commerce secretary.

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His US sentence served, Noriega fights extradition

Updated: 01/07/2009 - As the only prisoner of war held on U.S. soil, inmate No. 38699-079 gets annual visits from the Red Cross and can wear his military uniform and insignia when he goes to court.

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Richardson adviser worked for firm feds probing

Updated: 01/07/2009 - One of Gov. Bill Richardson's longtime friends and political advisers worked as a consultant for the California firm at the center a federal pay-to-play investigation that derailed the Democratic governor's appointment as commerce secretary.

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CBO projects $1.2 trillion deficit for 2009

Updated: 01/07/2009 - The federal budget deficit will nearly triple to an unprecedented $1.2 trillion for the 2009 budget year, according to grim new Congressional Budget Office figures.

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Obama names special watchdog for federal spending

Updated: 01/07/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama said Wednesday that reforming massive government entitlement programs - such as Social Security and Medicare - would be "a central part" of his effort to control federal spending.

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