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Grand Canyon, Loch Ness compete as nature wonders

Updated: 01/06/2009 - GENEVA (AP) -- The Grand Canyon, Mount Everest and Loch Ness will vie with more than 200 other spectacular places in the next phase of the global competition for the New 7 Wonders of Nature, organizers said Wednesday. The 261 nominees from 222 countries include some of the most famous mountain peaks, lakes, and other attractions, such as the Great Barrier Reef and Niagara Falls.

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Anthrax Suspect "Nasty" Before Suicide

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Dr. Bruce Ivins, the former government scientist blamed for a string of deadly 2001 anthrax attacks, behaved oddly and was "sarcastic and nasty" to his wife in the final weeks of his life, police documents said.

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Police arrest parishioners at New Orleans church

Updated: 01/06/2009 - NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Police on Tuesday cleared out two New Orleans Catholic churches occupied by former parishioners opposed to the archdiocese's decision to close them, breaking down a door at one.

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Coleman sues over Minnesota Senate recount result

Updated: 01/06/2009 - ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Republican Norm Coleman said Tuesday he is suing to challenge Democrat Al Franken's apparent recount victory in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race, delaying a resolution of the contest for weeks or months.

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CIA Unveils Obama's New Wheels

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Obama's Presidential limo will be hybrid vehicle. It will be part car and part truck.

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FBI Hiring Blitz Is On

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Despite a bleak economic environment featuring wide-ranging layoffs and rising unemployment, the nation's premier law enforcement agency is touting "one of the largest hiring blitzes in our 100-year history."

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Richardson Withdrawal Upsets Latino Community

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Bill Richardson's withdrawal from his commerce secretary nomination Sunday didn't just leave a major gap in the new administration, but it also sorely disappointed Latinos who view the New Mexico governor as their most prominent representative.

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Purple Heart Will Not Be Awarded For PTSD

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The Purple Heart medal, awarded to service members who have been physically wounded in combat, will not be given for a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, a Pentagon statement said.

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Obama's CIA pick unlikely to face Senate challenge

Updated: 01/06/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Barack Obama had to do a little fence-mending Tuesday with the new Congress controlled by his own party - apologizing to a key Senate Democrat for failing to consult on his decision to name veteran Washington hand Leon Panetta CIA director.

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New Congress opens pledging to rescue economy

Updated: 01/06/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Capitol rang loud with vows to fix the crisis-ridden economy Tuesday as Congress opened for business at the dawn of a new Democratic era. "We need action and we need action now," said Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Republicans agreed, and pledged cooperation in Congress as well as with President-elect Barack Obama - to a point.

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Factory Orders Fall Four Straight Months

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Orders to factories fell for a record fourth straight month in November, and analysts believe manufacturing will continue to suffer in coming months as the country slogs through a recession entering its second year.

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Increase In Health Spending Smallest Since 1998

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Health care continued to take up a greater share of the economy in 2007, as spending on hospitals, doctors and other services increased 6.1 percent to $2.2 trillion.

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Salina Kohl's to Have Job Fair

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The new Kohl's department store in Salina will employ about 130 workers when it opens in March.

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India Airline Fires Overweight Employees

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The crew were significantly overweight and had been given time to lose weight but had not, said Air India spokesman Jitender Bhargava. He declined to give details on their weight.

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CNN: Gupta approached about surgeon general post

Updated: 01/06/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Barack Obama has approached CNN's chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, to be the country's next surgeon general, the cable network said Tuesday.

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Actor Brolin Will Not Be Charged

Updated: 01/06/2009 - It's not exactly a presidential pardon, but prosecutors have agreed to drop charges filed against "W." actors Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright after an incident a Louisiana bar last year.

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Feinstein says Senate should seat Burris

Updated: 01/06/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the Senate Rules Committee has parted with many of her Democratic colleagues and says that the Senate should seat former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris.

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Lou The Mule Credited With Saving Woman From Fire

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Jolene Solomon is beginning the new year with her life, her mule named Lou and little else. The Southern Standard in McMinnville reported Solomon had just finished eating supper on New Year's Day when Lou's braying and acting up got her attention.

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Stocks End Higher on Hopes For Economic Rebound

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Wall Street brushed off more bad economic news Tuesday to finish with a moderate advance that left broad stock indexes at their highest levels in two months.

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German Billionaire Throws Himself In Front of Train

Updated: 01/06/2009 - German billionaire Adolf Merckle threw himself in front of a train after his business empire, which included interests ranging from VW cars to pharmaceuticals to cement, ran into trouble in the global financial crisis, his family said Tuesday.

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Former Blackwater guards plead not guilty

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Five former Blackwater Worldwide security guards pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal manslaughter and gun charges resulting from a 2007 shooting in a crowded Baghdad square that killed 17 Iraqi civilians and injured dozens of others.

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Obama's CIA pick unlikely to face Senate challenge

Updated: 01/06/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama is defending his unexpected CIA nominee Leon Panetta, who faced a surge of skepticism in Congress on Tuesday but is not expected to draw serious opposition when his confirmation reaches the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Former Oklahoma Sheriff on Trial in Jail Sex Case

Updated: 01/06/2009 - A prosecutor said Tuesday six former jail inmates and drug defendants will testify an Oklahoma sheriff used his influence to demand sex from them, while a defense attorney told jurors at the sheriff's trial that those women were lying or consented.

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LA Water Cops Hunt Wasteful Faucets, Sprinklers

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The green thumbs who keep lawns lush and flora flourishing in the city have found a new foe among the aphids, white flies and other yard pests — the water police.

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CNN: Gupta approached about surgeon general post

Updated: 01/06/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama has approached CNN's chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, to be the country's next surgeon general, the cable network said Tuesday.

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