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China state broadcaster apologizes for hotel fire

Updated: 02/10/2009 - The pyrotechnics that set fire to a new luxury hotel, gutting the structure and killing a firefighter, were so powerful that a special permit was needed - but it was never obtained, China's state broadcaster said Tuesday.

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Senate Passes Obama's Economic Recovery Plan

Updated: 02/10/2009 - President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan has passed the Senate and is on its way to difficult House-Senate negotiations. Just three Republicans helped pass the plan on a 61-37 vote and they're already signaling they'll play hardball to preserve more than $108 billion in spending cuts made last week in Senate dealmaking. Obama wants to restore cuts in funds for school construction jobs and help for cash-starved states.

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Australia wildfire death toll expected to pass 200

Updated: 02/10/2009 - The high death toll from hundreds of wildfires across southeastern Australia has forced authorities to re-examine an accepted survival strategy when blazes threaten: Get out early or hunker down and fight.

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S. Africa plans to step up its AIDS battle

Updated: 02/10/2009 - South Africa's health minister on Tuesday promised a dramatic increase in treatment for AIDS victims to overcome the legacy of a decade of governmental denial of the epidemic.

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Senate judges order count of 24 rejected ballots

Updated: 02/10/2009 - The judges in Minnesota's Senate trial on Tuesday ordered that 24 previously rejected absentee ballots be opened and added to the race, setting the stage for counting perhaps thousands more such ballots and giving Republican Norm Coleman a shot at erasing Democrat Al Franken's 225-vote lead.

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Slain Florida girl Caylee Anthony remembered

Updated: 02/10/2009 - Hundreds of mourners remembered slain Florida toddler Caylee Anthony in a music-filled service Tuesday, months after her mysterious disappearance inspired dozens of volunteers to search for her body before and after her mother was charged with killing her.

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Man leads LA police on 3-hour chase, shoots self

Updated: 02/10/2009 - An assault suspect led Los Angeles police on a chase in a luxury sedan for more than three hours before shooting himself in the head as he sat in the car surrounded by armed officers, police said. He died hours later.

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Lab tests show possible salmonella at Texas plant

Updated: 02/10/2009 - Private lab tests show there may have been salmonella at a second plant operated by the peanut company at the center of a national outbreak, but the potentially tainted products were not sent to consumers, Texas health officials said Tuesday.

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DNA Evidence Brought Into Thurber Trial

Updated: 02/10/2009 - Afternoon testimony is expected from the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy on a slain Kansas student and the nurse who did the sexual assault exam on the body.

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Kansas Man Pleads Guilty to Blowing Up Mailbox

Updated: 02/10/2009 - A suburban Kansas City man accused of blowing up a U.S. mailbox and a stolen fiberglass Jayhawk pleads guilty to using explosives to destroy government property.

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Ryan Stringer Wins YMCA Award

Updated: 02/10/2009 - 15-year-old Ryan Stringer is this year's YMCA youth award winner in the category of Youth-Church.

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