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Composer Gives Kids Some Spirited Notes

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Some fifth-graders shifted their learning from the chalkboard to the keyboard today. Students from East Indianola Elementary School and Lyman Elementary joined together to create their new school chant with the help of composer Michael Abels.

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Blagojevich To Preside Over Senate; His Future In Their Hands

Updated: 01/13/2009 - The state Senate that will decide whether to throw impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich out of office will be sworn in Wednesday by — who else? — impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich. In an ironic, surreal scene, the governor will preside briefly over the chamber that will hold his political life in its hands in less than two weeks.

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Clinton Intends To Revitalize Diplomacy

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that she intends to revitalize the mission of diplomacy in American foreign policy, calling for a "smart power" strategy in the Middle East and implicitly criticizing the Bush administration for having downgraded the role of arms control.

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States Push To Tax Web Sales

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Internet retailers rebel as governments seek new revenue to close budget gaps.

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Investor Had Concerns About Missing Pilot

Updated: 01/13/2009 - An investor who had entrusted money to an Indiana financial manager suspected of trying to fake his own death in a plane crash said Tuesday he had complained to state regulators that the man was unfairly charging high fees and pocketing the money.

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Israel-Gaza Talks Get "Serious"

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Israel's chief negotiator will go to Egypt for "decisive" talks on a cease-fire with Hamas, officials said Tuesday, as the sound of battles between Israeli troops and Palestinian militants rang out in the crowded streets of Gaza City.

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Democrats Push For Bush Investigation

Updated: 01/13/2009 - The incoming Obama administration should launch a criminal investigation of Bush administration officials to see whether they broke the law in the name of national security, a House Democratic report said Tuesday. President-elect Barack Obama has been more cautious on the issue and has not endorsed such a recommendation.

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Treasury Secretary Pick Didn't Pay All Of His Taxes

Updated: 01/13/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama's choice to run the Treasury Department and lead the economic rescue effort disclosed publicly Tuesday that he failed to pay $34,000 in taxes from 2001 to 2004, a last-minute complication in an otherwise smooth path to confirmation.

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Indian Police Search Offices of Satyam's Auditor

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Indian police on Tuesday searched the offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the auditors of the troubled outsourcing giant Satyam Computers, whose founder last week admitted to doctoring the company's accounts for years, an official said.

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Not just a dream: Obama sparks black men to action

Updated: 01/13/2009 - NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An actor turns a dilapidated, inner-city mosque into a theater in just a few days. A 20-year-old buckles down on his studies at a historically black college after his mother dies of cancer. A community organizer decides his plan to create thousands of green jobs is too modest and enlarges it twenty-fold. Barack Obama's election to the White House is the very realization of what so many black fathers have told their sons to aspire to for years, even if often it was just a confidence-booster, not meant to be taken literally.

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NY deal reached over Monroe's last nude photos

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A legal fight over seven nude and seminude photographs taken during Marilyn Monroe's "Last Sitting" has been settled amicably, both sides of the dispute said Monday.

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Chiefs Hire Scott Pioli as GM

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Scott Pioli, who helped build a dynasty at New England, is the new general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.

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