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Minn. man accused of breaking into his own home

Updated: 01/01/2009 - A 19-year-old Hutchinson man was arrested after allegedly breaking into his own home and stealing a car, jewelry, some money, and other items. Police said he allegedly lured his other family members away Friday afternoon by making a dinner reservation for them in Chanhassen. Then, while they were away, he broke into the garage and house, grabbed the booty, and took off in the car.

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Man tries to fool cops by calling 911 during stop

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Authorities said a Sarasota man about to be pulled over by police tried to lure officers away by making a fake 911 call. Officers said they were following a 28-year-old man's car Monday to make a traffic stop when they got a 911 call for an armed robbery happening several blocks away.

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Some women threaten no sex if men shoot fireworks

Updated: 01/01/2009 - women in Naples said they won't make love if their men shoot off dangerous fireworks on New Year's Eve. "Se Spari, Niente Sesso" (If you shoot, no sex), as the reported group calls itself, claims to have signed up hundreds of women in the Naples area to combat celebrations that injure or maim hundreds each year.

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Eggs served cold on Detroit-area freeway

Updated: 01/01/2009 - State troopers and road crews had to scramble when a tractor-trailer crashed and spilled its load of eggs on a Detroit-area freeway. Trooper Jim Smiley says eastbound Interstate 94 in Washtenaw County's Ypsilanti Township reopened about 1 a.m. Thursday after being shut down for six hours.

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Man who aided bicycle theft plan has bike stolen

Updated: 01/01/2009 - A former Fort Lauderdale city commissioner who helped create a program to combat bicycle theft had his own bike stolen while trying to help people involved in a vehicle crash.

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Police say alleged drug dealer accepted gift cards

Updated: 01/01/2009 - You can call it a case of creative drug-dealing. Athens police have a 38-year-old man in custody for allegedly accepting gift cards for payment for crack cocaine and prescription drugs. Police Captain Marty Bruce, a spokesman, said the man was arrested Monday night. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

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Alleged beef, lobster thief says 'times are tough'

Updated: 01/01/2009 - This alleged grocery thief apparently has a taste for finer cuisine. Racine police said 43-year-old Brian A. Rubenstein tried to steal $625 in groceries, including $365 in lobster and $213 in ribeye and beef roasts. Police said the Kenosha man was arrested Dec. 23 after store employees caught him walking out with a loaded cart.

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NY driver's test ends with bystander in hospital

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Police say a woman taking a driving test ended up pinning a bystander after losing control of the car on a snowy Westchester County road. New Rochelle police said the 23-year-old driver rounded a corner Wednesday morning, lost traction and trapped a man cleaning snow off his car. Lt. George Marshall says the examiner tried to use the test car's secondary set of brakes, but they failed.

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Woman, 89, famous for keeping boy's football, sues

Updated: 01/01/2009 - BLUE ASH, Ohio (AP) -- An 89-year-old Cincinnati area woman famously arrested for holding on to a neighbor kid's football is now suing the boy's parents. The lawsuit filed by Edna Jester's attorney in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court claims she has suffered emotional distress because the next-door family's footballs and other playthings keep landing in her yard.

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Playwright Harold Pinter buried in London

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter was buried at a London cemetery Wednesday in a small private funeral attended by family and close friends.

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Time Warner Cable and Viacom reach deal

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Millions of Time Warner Cable customers won't lose their access to MTV and 18 other channels after the cable giant reached an agreement early Thursday with media conglomerate Viacom Inc.

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You could party with a rock star on New Year's Eve

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Why not share a shot with Paris Hilton or boogie down with Pete Wentz to ring in 2009? This year, any regular Joe with dough (and no reason to sweat the economy) could party like - and with - a rock star, movie star or reality TV star on New Year's Eve.

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Norway: Date set for Amy Winehouse drug appeal

Updated: 01/01/2009 - British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse has been summoned to appear in a Norwegian court on Jan. 12 in her appeal against a fine in a drugs possession case, a police prosecutor said Wednesday.

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Brother accused of embezzling from Dane Cook

Updated: 01/01/2009 - The half brother of comedian Dane Cook has pleaded not guilty to embezzling millions from the comedian and was ordered held on $3 million bail.

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Atlanta inner-city school gets $365K from Oprah

Updated: 01/01/2009 - A letter from Oprah Winfrey last week seemed like the world's best Christmas present - until teacher Ron Clark noticed an extra piece of paper flutter out of the envelope.

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Actor Matt Dillon charged with speeding in Vermont

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Actor Matt Dillon was charged with driving at an excessive speed for allegedly going 106 mph on an interstate highway, Vermont State Police said. Dillon, 44, of New York, was pulled over by a trooper on Interstate 91 in Newbury about 10 p.m. EST Tuesday. He was driving a rented 2009 Chevrolet Impala. The posted speed limit is 65 mph, so Dillon was charged criminally under a statute that bans going more than 30 mph above the limit while traveling 60 mph or more.

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Album sales plunge, digital downloads up

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Music sales have continued to slump in 2008 as the increased number of downloads of digital tracks failed to make up for a plunge in the sale of compact discs.

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Many illegal immigrants live in public housing

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Untold thousands of illegal immigrants live in public housing at a time when hundreds of thousands of citizens and legal residents are stuck waiting years for a spot.

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Texas home of 'Great Debaters' has a team again

Updated: 01/01/2009 - The movie "The Great Debaters" made millions aware of the decades-old accomplishments of the debate team at a small historically black college tucked deep in the piney woods of East Texas - and gave that history new life at the school itself. Before work began on the film, the Wiley College team that broke racial barriers with several impressive victories in the 1930s was a faded memory. When the school received e-mails from debaters all over the country after the movie was released a year ago, there was no team for them to join.

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The Capitol City Has A New Baby New Year!

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Our congratulations to parents Evan and Amanda Meyer on their new addition, Alex Joseph. Alex was born at Stormont Vail at 12:27 this morning. He weighs in at 7 pounds 15 ounces.

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NTSB Releases Findings on Chopper Crash

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Almost nine months after a police helicopter crash landed in a Washburn University parking lot, NTSB releases its findings.

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Many illegal immigrants live in public housing

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Untold thousands of illegal immigrants live in public housing at a time when hundreds of thousands of citizens and legal residents are stuck waiting years for a spot.

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