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Gunman arrested after Maine students held hostage

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Maine (AP) -- A gunman who had been on the lam for a week held 11 fifth-graders hostage at a school Friday but was tackled outside a classroom without any harm to the children, police said. Randall Hofland, 55, had released all the students and had turned over a gun to one of the former hostages before he was arrested at Stockton Springs Elementary School, authorities said.

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'Doonesbury' strip assumes Obama will win

Posted: 10/31/2008 - It's not exactly "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN," but some newspaper editors are pondering how to deal with a "Doonesbury" comic strip to be published the day after the election that assumes Barack Obama will win the presidency.

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Wanamaker Halloween Parade

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Witches, Darth Vader's, Pirates, and Dorthy from Wizard of Oz were among a wide variety of costumes on hand at Wanamaker Elementary.

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Polygamist child custody case winds down in Texas

Posted: 10/31/2008 - The custody case that swept 439 children from a polygamist sect's western Texas ranch into foster care has largely evaporated, with state authorities dropping all but a few dozen cases against parents.

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Cheetahs on a plane: 1 gets loose in cargo hold

Posted: 10/31/2008 - A Delta baggage worker got a bit of a fright before Halloween when she opened a jetliner's cargo door and found a cheetah running loose amid the luggage. Delta spokeswoman Betsy Talton said Friday that two cheetahs were being flown in the cargo area of a passenger flight from Portland, Ore. to Atlanta a day earlier when one escaped from its cage.

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Netflix, TiVo team up after 4-year courtship

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Home entertainment trendsetters Netflix Inc. and TiVo Inc. are finally joining forces to deliver more movies and old TV episodes to their mutual subscribers, consummating a relationship that was supposed to come together four years ago.

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PC makers recall 100,000 Sony laptop battery packs

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Computer makers are recalling 100,000 laptop battery packs made by Sony Corp. after 40 reports of overheating, according to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission notice Thursday.

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Burger King 1Q profit rises 2 percent

Posted: 10/31/2008 - A boost in sales worldwide helped Burger King post a 2 percent increase in its fiscal first-quarter profit on Friday, but higher food costs and other expenses still took a bite out of its earnings.

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Vigilance deters Halloween eve arsons in Detroit

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Vigilance by fire officials and volunteers appears to have kept the number of arsons low in Detroit on the night before Halloween, which had become notorious as "Devil's Night" in years past.

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Polygamist child custody case winds down in Texas

Posted: 10/31/2008 - The custody case that swept 439 children from a polygamist sect's western Texas ranch into foster care has largely evaporated, with state authorities dropping all but a few dozen cases against parents.

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Bloody Vampire Pic Sparks Panic At School

Posted: 10/31/2008 - When Pooler fifth-grader Jordan Hood drew a bloody vampire in art class, it scared a teacher so much she reported him to the principal and campus police.

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