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Blagojevich questioning takes up Obama's time

Updated: 12/24/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama has said all along that neither he nor his team was involved in any eye-popping dealmaking over filling his vacated Senate seat. Obama's hand-picked investigator agreed.

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More snow, ice vexes travelers in northern states

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Hundreds of holiday travelers spent the night in the nation's second busiest airport and others faced delayed or canceled flights and highways choked by snow and ice as storms kept up their assault on northern states.

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SoCal man killed by cops was 2004 murder suspect

Updated: 12/24/2008 - A man shot and killed by police after a two-hour standoff near Los Angeles where he held his 7-year-old son hostage in a restaurant was a suspect wanted for the 2004 murder of his girlfriend, authorities said Wednesday.

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Downed Light Pole Signals Hit and Run

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Topeka Police discover a hit and run accident after responding to a downed light pole on Huntoon; are now serching for a heavily damaged turquoise Honda.

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AP Coach of Year: Alabama's Nick Saban

Updated: 12/24/2008 - TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Four straight losses were bad enough for Alabama, and one humbling defeat to Louisiana-Monroe was even worse.

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Rodney Stuckey's 40 points lead Pistons past Bulls

Updated: 12/24/2008 - AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Rodney Stuckey scored 40 points, topping his previous career high by 13, and the Detroit Pistons overcame an injury to Allen Iverson in a 104-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.

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Lakers down Hornets 100-87

Updated: 12/24/2008 - NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- So much for the Lakers' brief bout with vulnerability.

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Portland State upsets No. 7 Gonzaga 77-70

Updated: 12/24/2008 - SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Jeremiah Dominguez scored 25 points and Portland State upset No. 7 Gonzaga 77-70 on Tuesday night for its first win over a ranked team since it reinstated its basketball program for the 1996-97 season.

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LeBron, Cavaliers ground Rockets 99-90

Updated: 12/24/2008 - CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James scored 27 points - 18 in the second half- and Mo Williams added 23 as the Cleveland Cavaliers remained the NBA's only undefeated team at home with a 99-90 win Tuesday night over the Houston Rockets.

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Reports: Weapons, ammo seized at Burress' NJ home

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Authorities seized a small cache of weapons and ammunition from the New Jersey home of New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, the New York Post and Newsday both reported Wednesday, possibly setting up the embattled player for more legal trouble.

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AP sources: Teixeira, Yankees agree to $180M deal

Updated: 12/24/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Even in the midst of a recession, the New York Yankees' hoard of cash - and players - appears to have no limit. Keeping up an unprecedented spending spree, Mark Teixeira joined the collection of pricey free agents in the Bronx when the first baseman reached a preliminary agreement on a $180 million, eight-year contract with the Yankees.

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Celtics win 19th straight, beat Philly 110-91

Updated: 12/24/2008 - BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Celtics set a franchise record with their 19th consecutive victory on Tuesday night, getting 18 points apiece from Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 110-91.

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Kansas Man Among 19 Pardoned by Bush

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Nixon was sentenced on Feb. 2, 1962, in the District of Kansas and received three years probation, with the condition that he pay restitution.

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Mexican Beauty Queen Arrested in Gun-filled Truck

Updated: 12/24/2008 - A reigning Mexican beauty queen from the drug-plagued state of Sinaloa was arrested with suspected gang members in a truck filled guns and ammunition, police say.

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New Jobless Claims Jump More Than Expected

Updated: 12/24/2008 - New claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, the government said Wednesday, as layoffs spread throughout the economy.

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Government: Ribbon Seals not Endangered

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Ribbon seals do not currently face extinction and don't need to be added to the endangered species list, the government said Tuesday.

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Tina Fey Voted AP Entertainer Of The Year

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Tina Fey is the entertainer of the year? You betcha. Fey was voted The Associated Press' Entertainer of the Year, an annual honor chosen by newspaper editors and broadcast producers across the country.

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Millions of Older Americans Use Risky Drug Combos

Updated: 12/24/2008 - At least 2 million older Americans are taking a combination of drugs or supplements that can be a risky mix - from blood thinners and cholesterol pills to aspirin and ginkgo capsules - a new study warns.

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Texas Ranchers, Farmers Struggling After Ike

Ike Goat Island Debris

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Her boots, jeans and sweat shirt splattered with mud, Janet Lagow Lewis stretched barbed wire across metal posts, rebuilding a portion of her 38 miles of fencing that Hurricane Ike washed away.

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Investor Who Lost $1.4B To Madoff Kills Himself

Updated: 12/24/2008 - He was a distinguished investor who traced his lineage to the French aristocracy, hobnobbed with members of European high society and sailed around the world on fancy yachts.

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Economic Data Expected To Show More Weakness

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Several reports due Wednesday are expected to provide more evidence that consumers are cutting back on spending and companies are eliminating jobs in the face of a deepening recession.

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