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Bush says 'no debate' about his keeping US safe

Updated: 12/17/2008 - President George W. Bush, ever focused on his legacy, said Wednesday "there can be no debate" about his record of preventing another terrorist attack. Evoking harrowing memories of Sept. 11, 2001, Bush said virtually no one could have predicted back then that the country would not be hit again for the rest of his presidency.

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Small Cars Make Safety Gains

Updated: 12/17/2008 - New crash tests show improvement, but many models still lack rear, side impact protection

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Kennedy says publicly she wants Senate seat

Updated: 12/17/2008 - SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Caroline Kennedy said publicly for the first time Wednesday that she wants to be New York's next senator as she launched a tour of upstate cities to meet with politicians and power brokers The daughter of President John F. Kennedy met with Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll and others as she began her campaign to be appointed to the seat held by Hillary Rodham Clinton, if Clinton is confirmed as President-elect Barack Obama's secretary of state. "I just wanted to say, as some of you may have heard, I would be honored to be considered for the position of U.S. senator," Kennedy said. "I wanted to come upstate to meet Mayor Driscoll and others to tell them about my experience and also learn how Washington can help upstate New York." Kennedy noted that a number of elected officials who also have been named as possible Clinton successors. "There are lot of good candidates the governor is considering and he's laid out a process and I'm proud to be in that process," she said. Gov. David Paterson will decide who gets the job. The new senator will have to run in 2010 to fill the last two years of Clinton's term and then run for a full term in 2012. Kennedy, whose uncle, the late Robert F. Kennedy, once held the seat, took no questions. Her upstate outreach is similar to Clinton's "listening tour" in 1999 and 2000 when she first ran for the Senate. Like Clinton, Kennedy faces criticism because she's never been elected to public office. Some also worry she would favor New York City interests over the rest of the state. Kennedy's willingness to embrace the public life of a U.S. senator surprised some after her lifetime of carefully cultivated privacy. But she told a private group in Syracuse that the idea to run didn't just pop into her head when Obama tapped Clinton. "She said she had been thinking about this for a while, previous to this vacancy coming open," said Syracuse City Councilor Stephanie Miner, who was at the meeting. "She said she is at time in her life where holding public office is something she can do." A Siena College poll released Wednesday found New York voters are divided over who should fill the seat and that approval ratings for 51-year-old Kennedy and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo are nearly identical. More New Yorkers believe Paterson will choose Kennedy, by a 31-16 percent margin. Thirty-eight percent said they didn't know or refused to answer and 16 percent felt Paterson would pick someone else. The telephone survey of 622 registered voters last week had a margin of error of about plus or minus 4 percentage points. © 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy.

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Kan. Governor Press Secretary Leaving

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Governor Sebelius' spokesperson is leaving the governor's office to work for KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins. An announcement made Wednesday by the university said Nicole Corcoran will start work with Perkins as his chief of staff on February 2.

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OPEC Cuts 2.2 Million Barrels a Day

Posted: 12/17/2008 - OPEC says it is cutting 2.2 million barrels a day from its output — the largest ever at one time — to stem crude prices that have plummeted over 70 percent from summer highs of nearly $150.

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Stocks Open Lower as Rate Cut Enthusiasm Wanes

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Wall Street reined in its enthusiasm over the Federal Reserve's rate cut Wednesday as more downbeat corporate news offered a fresh reminder of the nation's economic troubles.

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No respite as wintry storms spread over nation

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Students went home for a snow day, stranded travelers waited at airports and drivers slid across icy roads in the second day of a bitter cold wave that blanketed much of the nation Tuesday.

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Train cars fall into Mississippi after derailment

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Authorities say an accident involving two freight trains has injured two people, set off a propane leak and caused some railroad cars to fall into the Mississippi River.

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Time names Obama 'Person of the Year'

Updated: 12/17/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama has won another contest: He's been named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2008.

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Governor's panel says Calif. must fix water system

Updated: 12/17/2008 - A panel of the governor's top advisers on Tuesday backed sweeping changes to California's water system, including the building of dams and a canal to pipe water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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SEC Chairman says Agency Failed to Probe Madoff

Updated: 12/17/2008 - In a stunning rebuke, the Securities and Exchange Commission chairman blames his career regulators for a decade-long failure to investigate Wall Street money manager Bernard L. Madoff, now accused of running one of the largest Ponzi schemes ever.

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Stock Futures Fall as Rate Cut Enthusiasm Wanes

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Wall Street headed for a lower open Wednesday after its big jump a day earlier, as investors' enthusiasm over historically low interest rates gave way to concerns about the nation's weak economy and struggling companies.

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Yahoo To Shorten Logs Of User Activity To 3 Months

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Yahoo Inc. said Wednesday that it will shorten the amount of time that it retains data about its users' online behavior - including Internet search records - to three months from 13 months and expand the range of data that it "anonymizes" after that period.

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Scientists Find Hole In Earth's Magnetic Field

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Recent satellite observations have revealed the largest breach yet seen in the magnetic field that protects Earth from most of the sun's violent blasts, researchers reported Tuesday. The discovery was made last summer by Themis, a fleet of five small NASA satellites.

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FDA Adds Suicide Warning To Epilepsy Drugs

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Drugs used by millions of patients to control epileptic seizures must carry warnings about heightened risks of suicide, federal regulators said Tuesday.

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