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McCain challenges Obama's tax cut promise

Posted: 10/17/2008 - Republican John McCain told a crowd in this battleground state Friday to "hold onto your wallet" because his Democratic presidential rival, Barack Obama, has talked of spreading the wealth around. McCain suggested voters could not rely on Obama's promise of tax cuts while returning once more to the story of Joe the Plumber, a regular part of McCain's speeches since the Arizona senator first mentioned the tax concerns of Ohio plumber Joe Wurzelbacher in Wednesday's presidential debate.

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Stocks mostly gain as some credit worries ease

Posted: 10/17/2008 - Wall Street was mostly higher in the final stretch of trading Friday as strains in the credit markets showed signs of easing and investors sought bargains among stocks that were pounded lower in selloffs earlier in the week. The expiration of options contracts left the major indexes wobbly in the final hour of trading.

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McCain challenges Obama's tax cut promise

Posted: 10/17/2008 - Republican John McCain told a crowd in this battleground state Friday to "hold onto your wallet" because his Democratic presidential rival, Barack Obama, has talked of spreading the wealth around.

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China eases restrictions for foreign journalists

Posted: 10/17/2008 - China took a further step toward opening itself to the world, announcing Friday that an easing of restrictions on foreign journalists enacted for the Olympics would become permanent.

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Bush announces visa waiver for 7 countries

Posted: 10/17/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush, trying to eliminate a major source of contention with allied nations, announced Friday that the United States is rescinding visa requirements for citizens of six European countries and South Korea.

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Guards' union drops Schwarzenegger recall effort

Posted: 10/17/2008 - A powerful union representing California prison guards on Thursday dropped its recall campaign against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, saying it will instead focus on ballot questions and pointing out that he doesn't have much time left in office anyway.

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Prosecutors: Afghan girl enslaved in Seattle area

Posted: 10/17/2008 - Five Seattle-area immigrants from Afghanistan enslaved a teenage girl they brought to the U.S., with some forcing her to do chores and one - her 37-year-old husband - beating and sexually assaulting her, according to a federal indictment unsealed this week.

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Sebelius Appoints Five to Encourage Volunteerism in Kansas

Posted: 10/17/2008 - Governor Sebelius has appointed Thomas Bishop, Holton; Brenda Bowers, Abilene; Rodney Buchele, Garden City; Gary Emry, Fort Scott; and William Swinney, Topeka, to the Kansas Volunteer Commission.

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Caretaker recounts saving 'home' from LA wildfire

Posted: 10/17/2008 - Robert Hiller walked up to the ridge in front of the abandoned hillside missile site where he's lived for nearly two decades, looking for some sign of a wildfire he thought was miles away

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Police: Feud led to deadly Detroit school shooting

Posted: 10/17/2008 - Officials were trying to find a way to quell the violence and reassure frightened parents after a fight involving two high school students apparently led to a shooting on a primary-school lawn that killed one of them, police said. Three other teens were wounded and three more were in custody.

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Experts question benefit of school time-out rooms

Posted: 10/17/2008 - After failing to finish a reading assignment, 8-year-old Isabel Loeffler was sent to the school's time-out room - a converted storage area under a staircase - where she was left alone for three hours.

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Killer gets life for killing Vt. college student

Posted: 10/17/2008 - The man convicted of killing a Vermont college student after a chance encounter in Burlington has been sentenced to a mandatory life term with no chance for parole.

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Investigation turns to tower in Ill. copter crash

Posted: 10/17/2008 - An investigation into a medical helicopter crash that killed a desperately ill 1-year-old girl and three crew members will include whether a radio tower's lights were on when the aircraft clipped the structure's wire and went down in a suburban Chicago field, authorities said.

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Live from New York, it's Sarah Palin

Posted: 10/17/2008 - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is set to appear on this week's broadcast of "Saturday Night Live," the entertainment show that has featured a popular parody of the Alaska governor by former cast member Tina Fey.

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