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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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Hot-button social issues highlight state ballots

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Social issues so volatile that the presidential campaigns sidestepped them will be on the ballots in several states next week, including measures that would criminalize most abortions, outlaw affirmative action and ban same-sex marriage in California, one of only three states that allows it.

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Cessna Begins Construction on Wichita Facility

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Cessna began construction Wednesday on its new Citation Columbus business jet facility in Wichita. The expansion is expected to bring more than 1000 direct jobs with a payroll of $74 million.

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E-mail Release Doesn't Quiet Flap in Kansas 2nd District

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Republican State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins released a dozen e-mails, showing communication with the Board of Trustees of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. Jenkins is trying to unseat Democrat Nancy Boyda in the 2nd Congressional District.

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Kansas Federal Prosecutor to Work on Election Day

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Assistant U.S. Attorney Leon Patton will be available to the public election day while the polls are open. The federal prosecutor's office wants to respond to complaints of fraud and voting rights violations.

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Oil Prices Jump on Strengthening Markets

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Oil prices posted solid gains Wednesday, rebounding from a 17-month low as a rally in global stock markets backs the view of some oil traders who think that crude prices may have bottomed out.

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College Prices Up Again as Economy Falters

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Amid the economic turmoil, students and their families are getting little relief from rising college costs, which jumped 6.4 percent this fall, according to new figures out Wednesday.

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Stocks Waffle ahead of Fed Rate Decision

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Wall Street drifted in quiet trading Wednesday after its huge rally a day earlier, as investors awaited an afternoon decision on interest rates from the Federal Reserve. The major indexes alternated between gains and losses.

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Quake in Remote Pakistan Border Region Kills 170

Posted: 10/29/2008 - A strong earthquake struck before dawn Wednesday in impoverished southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 170 people and turning mud and timber homes into rubble.

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Stocks Decline ahead of Fed Rate Decision

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Wall Street took some money off the table Wednesday after its huge rally a day earlier, as investors awaited an afternoon decision on interest rates from the Federal Reserve.

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