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Director goes on leave amid probe of Ohio plumber

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Ohio's governor placed on leave Friday an agency director who was questioned over why state computers were used to find personal information on a man who became known as "Joe the Plumber" during the presidential campaign.

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Christian fraternities offer different path

Posted: 11/07/2008 - It's 11 a.m. Saturday, and whiskey is flowing at the big houses on fraternity row at the University of Alabama. Guys in ties and baseball caps are laughing and dancing with sorority girls in bright dresses as a band blares away just around the corner.

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Calif. win emboldens coalition of religious groups

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Energized by a comeback win, conservative activists want to apply the same formula they used to outlaw same-sex marriage in California to prevent other states from recognizing gay unions and President-elect Barack Obama from expanding the rights of gays and lesbians.

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Most Minn. Senate 'undervotes' are from Obama turf

Posted: 11/07/2008 - An Associated Press analysis of votes in the tight, still-to-be decided race for a U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota shows that most ballots lacking a recorded choice in the election were cast in counties won by Democrat Barack Obama.

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Without Google's help, Yahoo's options limited

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Without Google's muscle behind it, Yahoo's chances for digging out of a long slump are looking even poorer, making it appear more likely that the company will turn to Microsoft or AOL to help weather the economic downturn.

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Review: Digital frame shows pictures from phones

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Digital picture frames were a big item last Christmas. This holiday season, there will be an innovation on store shelves: a frame that can receive and display pictures straight from cell phones, (almost) no matter where they are.

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Cisco warning signals trouble ahead in tech sector

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Technology companies often say their products ought to remain appealing in an economic downturn because they can save businesses money by making operations more efficient. But corporate spending apparently is being cut too forcefully for that message to get through.

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Blinded pilot guided safely to ground

Posted: 11/07/2008 - A British pilot who was suddenly blinded by a stroke during a solo flight was talked safely down by a military pilot, the Royal Air Force said Friday.

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US official: Taliban sought wedding party deaths

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Taliban fighters held a wedding party captive and fired on U.S. forces in an attack designed to draw U.S. airstrikes on civilians and stoke anti-American sentiment, a U.S. official said Friday citing "firsthand" reports.

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Man attempts to pay $32 bar tab with gum wrappers

Posted: 11/07/2008 - A 28-year-old man who attempted to pay for his bar tab with gum wrappers was arrested after a scuffle with a police officer on Tuesday night, authorities said. A bartender told police the man was playing pool with an open bottle of beer and spilled some of it on the table. She said he first tried to pay his $32 tab with a credit card, which was declined.

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Residents attack Chinese police after man dies

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Thousands of angry residents in southern China have attacked police after an officer threw his radio at a man on a motorcycle who then crashed into a pole and died.

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Airlines' on-time performance improved in Sept.

Posted: 11/07/2008 - U.S. airlines' on-time performance and baggage handling improved in September, though the carriers overall posted a higher rate of domestic cancellations compared to the same month a year ago, the Transportation Department said Friday.

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Jobless ranks hit 10 million, most in 25 years

Posted: 11/07/2008 - The nation's jobless ranks zoomed past 10 million last month, the most in a quarter-century, as piles of pink slips shut factory gates and office doors to 240,000 more Americans with the holidays nearing. Politicians and economists agreed on a painful bottom line: It's only going to get worse.

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Angelou Writing a Poem About Obama

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Upon his election in 1992, Bill Clinton — affectionately referred to as the nation's first black president — asked Maya Angelou to compose a poem and read it at his inauguration. Angelou feels a new poem welling up inside her following Barack Obama's election, but she does not expect another command performance.

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US government presses NY appeal on detainee photos

Posted: 11/07/2008 - The government has asked a federal appeals court to reconsider its order to release 21 pictures of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying it could jeopardize the safety of U.S. troops.

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Obama's economic circle has a Clinton presence

Posted: 11/07/2008 - As he confronts the nation's worst financial crisis since the Depression, President-elect Obama has assembled a broad based team of economic advisers though those who stand closest to him tend to be non-ideological pragmatists.

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Crude Steady After 2 Days of Sharp Drops

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Oil prices were sedentary Friday after this week's giant sell-off, despite a government report showing the unemployment rate hit a 14-year high last month and predictions from an international energy agency that put the price of crude at $200 per barrel by 2030.

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Fox does `House' moving, sets `American Idol' date

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Fox's "American Idol" will return for its eighth season Jan. 13 while medical drama "House" is moving to a new night, the network said in announcing its midseason lineup.

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