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30-minute Obama ad shows campaign muscle

Posted: 10/29/2008 - WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama's 30-minute TV ad, to run simultaneously on broadcast and cable networks at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, is muscle-flexing that has little precedent, a campaign advertising expert said.

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Topeka Woman Remains in ICU After Fiery Crash

Posted: 10/29/2008 - A Topeka woman remains in ICU after an accident in Crawford County on October 18th. Tami Desch, 49, and Kevin Hayek, 50, were traveling on U69 Highway and 640 Avenue near Arma when an SUV pulled out onto 69 in front of their motorcycle.

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Anger over Halloween display of Palin with noose

Posted: 10/29/2008 - LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- The mayor of West Hollywood has condemned a Halloween display resembling Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin hanging by a noose.

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Palin calls for break from Bush energy policy

Posted: 10/29/2008 - TOLEDO, Ohio – Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin called on Wednesday for a "clean break" from the Bush administration's energy policies, which she says rely too much on importing foreign oil.

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NASA probe shows Mercury more dynamic than thought

Posted: 10/29/2008 - WASHINGTON – Earth's first nearly full look at Mercury reveals that the tiny lifeless planet took a far greater role in shaping itself than was thought, with volcanoes spewing "mysterious dark blue material."

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Girl returns $1,000 found in Richard Simmons tape

Posted: 10/29/2008 - The best bargain at the Salvation Army thrift store in Kailua-Kona was a Richard Simmons videotape. But Mikela Mercier, 11, decided to pass up the chance to buy the tape for a few coins after she found a surprise inside: $1,000 in $100 bills.

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Obama readies prime-time show as McCain rips him

Posted: 10/29/2008 - MIAMI – John McCain charged that Barack Obama lacks "what it takes to protect America from terrorists" Wednesday as he sought to shift attention away from the economy in the final week of the race for the White House. Obama cast his rival as a threat to the middle class, and readied a 30-minute prime-time commercial at a cost of millions.

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McCain faults paper for not releasing Khalidi tape

Posted: 10/29/2008 - BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin accused the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday of protecting Barack Obama by withholding a videotape of the Democrat attending a 2003 party for a Palestinian-American professor and critic of Israel.

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Rapper T.I. votes despite being a convicted felon

Posted: 10/29/2008 - T.I. originally thought his voting privileges were revoked as a convicted felon, until he researched and learned that under a Georgia law felons are eligible if they're not currently serving probation or a prison sentence.

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Obama readies prime-time show as McCain rips him

Posted: 10/29/2008 - John McCain charged that Barack Obama lacks "what it takes to protect America from terrorists" Wednesday as he sought to shift attention away from the economy in the final week of the race for the White House. Obama cast his rival as a threat to the middle class, and readied a 30-minute prime-time commercial at a cost of millions.

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Stocks end mixed in late slide after Fed rate cut

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Wall Street received the interest rate cut it wanted, but still turned in a baffling late-day performance Wednesday, shooting higher and then skidding lower in the very last minutes of trading as some investors rushed to cash in profits after the market's big advance.

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Downey, Favreau reteam on `Iron Man 2,' 'Avengers'

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Robert Downey Jr. is strapping on his metal suit to join the superhero team effort "The Avengers" in addition to "Iron Man 2." Downey is reprising his role as billionaire genius Tony Stark from last summer's blockbuster "Iron Man." The sequel is due May 7, 2010, and "The Avengers" is scheduled for July 15, 2011, Marvel Studios announced Tuesday.

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Rapper T.I. votes despite being a convicted felon

Posted: 10/29/2008 - T.I. originally thought his voting privileges were revoked as a convicted felon, until he researched and learned that under a Georgia law felons are eligible if they're not currently serving probation or a prison sentence.

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Thousands still lack power after Northeast storm

Posted: 10/29/2008 - More snow fell Wednesday in parts of the Northeast as utility crews labored to restore service to thousands of customers blacked out by the region's first big snowstorm of the season.

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New jury hears arguments in Spector murder retrial

Posted: 10/29/2008 - A prosecutor on Wednesday portrayed eccentric musical genius Phil Spector as a man who repeatedly threatened women with guns and could become "very sinister, very violent and very deadly" when he was drunk.

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Churches are looking at hard times

Posted: 10/29/2008 - On a recent Sunday, the Rev. Richard Mahan scrapped a sermon on forgiveness. He felt compelled instead to address the economic turmoil battering the nation.

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Real Halloween back for long traumatized Pa. town

Posted: 10/29/2008 - For 16 years, real horror overshadowed the make-believe terror of Halloween in this Pennsylvania town, where trick-or-treating after dark was banned after an 11-year-old girl was abducted off the street and murdered.

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Neb. governor accelerates fix of safe-haven law

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Deciding he could wait no longer to address what has become a state embarrassment, Gov. Dave Heineman said Wednesday he will call a special legislative session to amend Nebraska's loosely worded safe-haven law, which in just a few months has allowed parents to abandon nearly two dozen children as old as 17.

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Iowa meatpacker fined nearly $10M over violations

Posted: 10/29/2008 - A kosher meatpacking plant that was the site of one of the nation's largest immigration raids was fined nearly $10 million by the state Wednesday over accusations that it violated state labor laws.

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