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Renovated American history museum reopens

Updated: 11/21/2008 - George and Martha Washington, Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz" and other costumed characters greeted thousands of visitors Friday as the National Museum of American History reopened after a two-year, $85 million renovation.

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Lawsuit says Ind. teen with HIV bullied at school

Updated: 11/21/2008 - A school district in the state where HIV-positive Ryan White fought for the right to attend classes two decades ago is being sued by the family of a 14-year-old girl who says she was bullied so badly over her positive status that she left school.

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Prosecutor who had Cheney indicted yells at judge

Updated: 11/21/2008 - A county prosecutor who brought indictments this week against Vice President Dick Cheney and others pounded his fist and shouted at the judge Friday during a routine hearing. Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra asked Presiding Judge Manuel Banales to recuse himself from the case, which alleges abuse at federally run prisons.

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Boeing warns of possible layoffs in 2009

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Boeing Co. may lay off some workers next year as part of an effort to cut costs in response to difficult market conditions and a slowing global economy, a company executive said.

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Bug-sized spies: US develops tiny flying robots

Updated: 11/21/2008 - If only we could be a fly on the wall when our enemies are plotting to attack us. Better yet, what if that fly could record voices, transmit video and even fire tiny weapons?

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Bob Jones Univ. apologizes for racist policies

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Bob Jones University has apologized for racist policies including a one-time ban on interracial dating that wasn't lifted until nine years ago and its unwillingness to admit black students until 1971.

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New mad-cow rule poses health dangers of its own

Updated: 11/21/2008 - A federal regulation aimed at preventing mad cow disease from getting into the food supply could create health risks of its own: many thousands of cattle carcasses rotting on farms, spreading germs, attracting vermin and polluting the water.

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Stocks jump on report of Geithner nomination

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Wall Street got a boost of confidence late Friday following a report that President-elect Barack Obama plans to name New York Federal Reserve President Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary.

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Neb. governor signs safe-haven age limit bill

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has signed a bill that adds a 30-day age limit to a safe-haven law led to the abandonment of nearly three dozen children, including some teenagers as old as 17. The law goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

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New mad-cow rule poses health dangers of its own

Updated: 11/21/2008 - A federal regulation aimed at preventing mad cow disease from getting into the food supply could create health risks of its own: many thousands of cattle carcasses rotting on farms, spreading germs, attracting vermin and polluting the water.

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Rock threat danger closes part of Yosemite lodging

Updated: 11/21/2008 - An unstable cliff prompted officials Friday to permanently close some cabins in a popular Yosemite National Park lodge complex that has a long history of rockslides.

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Americans still giving, despite economic meltdown

Updated: 11/21/2008 - As more Americans turn to charity amid worsening economic gloom, operators of food banks and other aid groups are relying on the surprisingly resilient generosity of their neighbors and finding that even when times are tough, people still give.

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Eat Garlic and Live to 109

Updated: 11/21/2008 - 109 years old, Catherine Carter, will not miss a meal without her garlic cloves and don't forget the parsley.

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Bug-sized spies: US develops tiny flying robots

Updated: 11/21/2008 - If only we could be a fly on the wall when our enemies are plotting to attack us. Better yet, what if that fly could record voices, transmit video and even fire tiny weapons?

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Robber apologizes during Vt. general store holdup

Updated: 11/21/2008 - A thief who robbed a general store apologized to the owner and left the singles behind so workers on the next shift would have something in the till. The knife-wielding man made off with an undetermined amount of money from Joe's Pond Country Store on Wednesday after threatening owner Jeff Downs.

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Rapper T.I. testifies in Ohio murder trial

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Rapper T.I. testified Friday that he believes the bullets fired at his entourage during a wild vehicle chase two years ago were meant for him. He took the witness stand in the trial of Hosea Thomas, 34, who is accused of firing the shot that killed Philant Johnson during a gun battle on Interstate 75.

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Bulgarian archaeologists unearth ancient chariot

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Archaeologists have unearthed an elaborately decorated 1,800-year-old chariot sheathed in bronze at an ancient Thracian tomb in southeastern Bulgaria, the head of the excavation said Friday.

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Florida teen commits suicide in front of webcam

Updated: 11/21/2008 - A South Florida college student killed himself by overdosing on drugs in front of a live online audience as some computer users egged him on, some debated his method, and others tried to talk him out of it.

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Prosecutor who had Cheney indicted yells at judge

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Attorneys for the vice president and other defendants leapt to their feet in objection as Guerra pounded the table and accused Banales of giving the defendants special treatment.

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Air patrols, cameras to watch big inaugural crowd

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Law enforcement officials bracing for the largest crowds in inaugural history are preparing far-reaching security - thousands of video cameras, sharpshooters, air patrols - to safeguard President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in.

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