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Japan fires air force head for controversial essay

Posted: 10/31/2008 - TOKYO (AP) — Japan's defense minister dismissed his air force chief on Friday for writing an essay that claimed the country was not an "aggressor" in World War II and was trapped into getting involved in the conflict by the United States.

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Security tight ahead of Bali bombing executions

Posted: 10/31/2008 - JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Police tightened security across Indonesia on Friday as authorities braced for potential terrorist attacks ahead of the executions of three Islamic militants convicted in the 2002 Bali bombings that left 202 people dead.

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Bin Laden videomaker faces life in Gitmo trial

Posted: 10/31/2008 - GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — A jury of U.S. military officers at Guantanamo's second war-crimes trial reached a verdict Friday that could put Osama bin Laden's alleged "media secretary" and videomaker in prison for life.

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JPMorgan Expanding Mortgage-Modification Program

Posted: 10/31/2008 - JPMorgan Chase is the latest major bank to beef up its mortgage modification efforts as the government also considers a plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.

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Suspected US missile strikes kill 27 in Pakistan

Posted: 10/31/2008 - DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Suspected U.S. missiles slammed into two villages close to the Afghan border on Friday, killing 27 people including an Arab al-Qaida operative and other foreign militants, intelligence officials said.

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Civil Rights Group Renews Va. Election Lawsuit

Posted: 10/31/2008 - A day before voters head to polls in battleground Virginia, the NAACP will go to federal court to demand more voting machines in minority polling places. The organization renewed its motion Friday to redistribute voting machines, extend voting hours and make paper ballots available in some precincts.

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Zambia opposition leader leads early poll results

Posted: 10/31/2008 - LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambia's main opposition candidate was ahead Friday in early presidential election results in this southern African nation, but his lead was slowly narrowing. The first results from Thursday's race to replace President Levy Mwanawasa, who died in August, gave opposition leader Michael Sata 187,863 votes, nearly twice as many as acting President Rupiah Banda.

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Bail Set at $25K for Calif. Anthrax Scare Suspect

Posted: 10/31/2008 - A federal judge has set the bond of a California man suspected of mailing more than 120 hoax anthrax letters nationwide at $25,000. 66-year-old Marc M. Keyser was arrested Wednesday in Sacramento on three counts of sending hoax anthrax threats by mail.

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Neb. Man Suffers Burns in House Fire

Posted: 10/31/2008 - An Omaha man has been hospitalized in critical condition with burns he suffered when his home caught fire. The blaze at Carl Guidici's home in south Omaha broke out Friday morning.

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Melamine already in global food chain: experts

Posted: 10/31/2008 - BEIJING (AP) — First it was baby milk formula. Then, dairy-based products from yogurt to chocolate. Now chicken eggs have been contaminated with melamine, and an admission by state-run media that the industrial chemical is regularly added to animal feed in China fueled fears Friday that the problem could be more widespread, affecting fish, meat and who knows what else.

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Topeka Makes Decision on Golf Course Management

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Topeka City Manager Norton Bonaparte says the city will negotiate with Billy Casper Golf to expand its services for Cypress Ridge Golf Course, from just maintenance to include pro-shop management and marketing. The city chose Billy Casper from among 5 proposals.

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Authorities Probe Break-in At Neb. Post Office

Posted: 10/31/2008 - U.S. postal investigators and the Red Willow County sheriff's office are investigating a break-in at the Bartley Post Office. Sheriff Gene Mahon says they've already recovered evidence and have some leads.

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Hard-liners help Pakistan quake victims

Posted: 10/31/2008 - WAM, Pakistan (AP) — An Islamic charity accused of terror links by the United States pledged Friday to build 1,000 temporary homes for survivors of the Pakistan earthquake, a move likely to expand the group's influence in the impoverished region.

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Dentist Buying back Halloween Candy for the Troops

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Sure you could eat any Halloween candy you have left over. But a Georgia dentist is hoping people in her town will let her buy it back so the goodies can be sent to U.S. troops overseas.

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Passenger Trains Gain Favor with Public, Congress

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Passenger trains are getting back on track in some parts of the country. The high cost of energy, coupled with congestion on highways and at airports, is drawing travelers back to trains not only for commuting but also for travel between cities as much as 500 miles apart.

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Anxious Eyes On Calif. Measure Over Gay Marriage

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Five months and thousands of weddings after California's highest court sanctioned same-sex marriage, anxious eyes around the nation will closely follow voters Tuesday as they decide whether to turn back the clock.

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U.S. Deaths In Iraq Plunge to Wartime Low in October

Posted: 10/31/2008 - U.S. deaths in Iraq fell in October to their lowest monthly level of the war, matching the record low of 13 fatalities suffered in July. Iraqi deaths fell to their lowest monthly levels of the year.

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Police: Gun Found In Lot Used In Hudson Slayings

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Police confirmed Friday they found the gun used in the killings of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew, as the family's South Side community prepared a public memorial to say goodbye.

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Evidence of a Recession Piles Higher With New Data

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Evidence of a recession piled ever higher Friday, with new figures showing Americans are spending less and gloomy about the economy, while the government signaled it won't buy stock in the financing arms of auto companies to prop them up. The Commerce Department reported consumer spending dropped a sharp 0.3 percent in September while their incomes, the fuel for future spending, managed only a small 0.2 percent gain.

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Stocks Advance To Add To Week's Large Gains

Posted: 10/31/2008 - The stock market closed out a horrendous October, its worst month in 21 years, with a big advance Friday as more investors took chances on stocks turned into bargains by waves of intense selling. The session's advance — which gave the market its first back-to-back gains in more than a month — fed hopes that Wall Street has indeed found a bottom.

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Boat Runs Aground Near Miami Beach; 3 Killed

Posted: 10/31/2008 - An aging, rusty boat carrying dozens of migrants ran aground early Friday east of downtown Miami, killing at least three people and sending three others to area hospitals, while an untold number are still missing.

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Obama Seeks Landslide But McCain Predicts Upset

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Despite John McCain's prediction of an upset, Barack Obama reached for a landslide Friday, invading his rival's home state with TV ads and building a lead in early voting in key battlegrounds as the presidential race headed into a hectic final weekend.

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Kansas On Its Way to Record-Breaking Election Numbers

Updated: 10/31/2008 - Shawnee County and the entire state of Kansas are expecting record-breaking numbers at the polls Tuesday. Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh said Friday voter registration for the year is up by 55,000, totalling about 1.7 million Kansans registered to vote.

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