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Cashman gets 3-year deal to remain Yankees' GM

Posted: 09/30/2008 - Brian Cashman figures he has more work to do with the New York Yankees. After a sustained run of success, he wasn't about to leave on the heels of a failed season. Cashman is staying on as general manager of the Yankees, agreeing Tuesday to a three-year contract that runs through 2011.

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Here, kitty: Cop expects house cat, gets cougar

Posted: 09/30/2008 - A police officer didn't think much of a call to shoo off a bothersome "kitty cat" at a Casper home on Monday. But after the officer arrived at the home, he ran for cover after seeing a male mountain lion weighing 80 to 90 pounds.

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Janet Jackson released from hospital

Posted: 09/30/2008 - Janet Jackson was released from a Montreal hospital just two hours after she arrived, a spokeswoman for the facility said Tuesday, but it was still not clear why she was admitted.

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Osbourne has a rooting interest in talent finale

Posted: 09/30/2008 - Sharon Osbourne isn't shy about her favorites on Wednesday's "America's Got Talent" finale. "I'm really rooting for Nuttin But Stringz, for Eli and for Neal," said Osbourne, a judge on the NBC talent contest

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Deployment Announced for Fort Riley Brigade

Posted: 09/30/2008 - The Department of Defense announced Tuesday the deployment of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Fort Riley. They'll leave in 2009.

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Study: Voting could be hazardous so be careful

Posted: 09/30/2008 - Could voting for president be hazardous to your health? An analysis of Election Day traffic deaths dating back to Jimmy Carter's 1976 win suggests yes, but the authors say that's no reason not to go to the polls.

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Close friend turns star witness in Stevens trial

Posted: 09/30/2008 - A longtime friend of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens crossed the powerful lawmaker Tuesday and testified that he gave the Republican senator thousands of dollars in gifts.

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Consumers in Gloomy Mood on Cusp of Holiday Season

Posted: 09/30/2008 - With the holiday shopping season about to start, consumer confidence is hovering near the lowest it's been since President Bush's father was commander in chief. It may dip further as Americans open their 401(k) statements and see how much they've lost in the last few weeks.

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Bailout Revival Sought, With Better Deposit Safety

Posted: 09/30/2008 - Alarmed by setbacks, supporters of the imperiled multibillion-dollar economic rescue fought to bring it back to life Tuesday, courting reluctant lawmakers with sweeteners including a plan to reassure Americans their bank deposits are safe.

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Jury watches video of suspect hit by SC trooper

Posted: 09/30/2008 - A federal jury that must decide whether a South Carolina state trooper deliberately rammed a fleeing suspect with his patrol car watched a video of the incident Tuesday, and heard the officer bragging about the collision.

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S&P: Home Prices Post 16 pct Annual Drop in July

Posted: 09/30/2008 - A closely watched index released Tuesday showed home prices tumbling by the sharpest annual rate ever in July, and though the monthly rate of decline is slowing, there is no turnaround in sight.

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Group Calls for Free Malaria Treatment in Africa

Posted: 09/30/2008 - Making tests and treatment for malaria free dramatically increases the number of people who seek treatment for the disease that kills 1 million people a year, an international medical aid group said Tuesday.

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Debate offers Palin, Biden high risks, big rewards

Posted: 09/30/2008 - For an audition to be second fiddle, Thursday's debate between often ill-informed newcomer Sarah Palin and often gaffe-prone veteran Joe Biden offers unusually large pitfalls - and promise.

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Faster Genetic Test for Flu Virus Approved

Posted: 09/30/2008 - The government approved a new genetic test for the flu virus Tuesday that will allow labs across the country to identify flu strains within four hours instead of four days.

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Obama, McCain seek political gain in credit crisis

Posted: 09/30/2008 - White House rivals John McCain and Barack Obama combined televised attack ads with statesmanlike appeals for bipartisanship on Tuesday as they vied for political gain in the shadow of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

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Study: Voting Could be Hazardous so be Careful

Posted: 09/30/2008 - Could voting for president be hazardous to your health? An analysis of Election Day traffic deaths dating back to Jimmy Carter's 1976 win suggests yes, but the authors say that's no reason not to go to the polls.

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Stocks surge higher; credit worries persist

Posted: 09/30/2008 - Wall Street snapped back Tuesday after its biggest sell-off in years amid growing expectations that lawmakers will salvage a $700 billion rescue plan for the financial sector. But the seized-up credit markets where businesses turn to raise money showed no sign of relief.

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Mars Lander Finds Minerals Suggesting Past Water

Posted: 09/30/2008 - NASA's Phoenix spacecraft has discovered evidence of past water at its Martian landing site and spotted falling snow for the first time, scientists reported Monday. Soil experiments revealed the presence of two minerals known to be formed in liquid water.

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Lawmakers hope new ideas will revive bailout plan

Posted: 09/30/2008 - Congressional leaders, President Bush and the two rivals to succeed him rummaged through ideas new and old Tuesday, desperately seeking to change a dozen House members' votes and pass a multibillion-dollar economic rescue plan. At the top of the list: Raise confidence in the banking system by increasing the government's insurance.

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Feds Propose 48 New Endangered Species in Hawaii

Posted: 09/30/2008 - The federal government is proposing to add 47 species of plants and animals and one insect to the endangered species list — all found only on the island of Kauai.

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Capsule That Caught Comet Dust Goes to Smithsonian

Posted: 09/30/2008 - The capsule that brought the first comet samples back to Earth is going on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The Stardust capsule will go on display Wednesday to join other firsts of flight at the museum, including Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis and the Apollo 11 Command Module.

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Stocks Surge Higher; Credit Worries Persist

Posted: 09/30/2008 - Wall Street snapped back Tuesday after its biggest sell-off in years amid growing expectations that lawmakers will salvage a $700 billion rescue plan for the financial sector. But the seized-up credit markets where businesses turn to raise money showed no sign of relief.

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