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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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Rose Parade stays afloat despite recession

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Thousands of revelers packed the streets on New Year's Day to watch the Rose Parade with its dancers swinging, bands marching and a 49-foot robot tipping a top hat.

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Mummers strut in Philly despite cold, money woes

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Comics dressed as bullfighters, knights and Mexican wrestlers strutted in the annual Mummers Parade, celebrating New Year's Day and the holiday tradition's escape from the city's budget ax.

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Recording studio in hospital about more than music

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Just down the hall from the chemo infusion rooms at Texas Children's Hospital, Jalen Huckabay was about to slip into another world, away from the wearying regimen of pokes, prods and pinches she'd endured since being diagnosed with lymphoma in November.

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NYC revelers usher in '09 with cheer, optimism

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Despite months of economic gloom, revelers throughout the country welcomed the new year with merrymaking and even optimism, though some festivities fell to hard times and others were subdued.

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Man sought in Colo. bank bomb threats found dead

Updated: 01/01/2009 - A man wanted for questioning after two banks received bomb threats and suspicious packages in holiday wrapping was found dead early Thursday, police said. The threats shut down this resort town on New Year's Eve, one of its busiest nights of the year as the evacuation lasted until 4 a.m. Thursday.

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Mission accomplished for Penn St. WR Williams

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Win or lose at the Rose Bowl, senior Derrick Williams has accomplished what he set out to do when he arrived at Penn State. The Nittany Lions are winners again. Forty victories over his four seasons in Happy Valley. Four bowl games, including two BCS appearances - capped by the sixth-ranked Nittany Lions' matchup Thursday with No. 5 Southern California in Pasadena. Those four losing seasons in five years to start this decade? Now just a distant memory.

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