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California's Chaotic Finances Almost in Order

Posted: 09/19/2008 - California legislators were poised Friday to pass a compromise spending plan for the second time in a week to meet Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's demands for budget reform, ending the state's 81-day fiscal impasse.

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New dwarf planet named Haumea for Hawaiian goddess

Posted: 09/19/2008 - A newly discovered dwarf planet in the solar system has been given a Hawaiian name: Haumea (how-MAY'-ah), after the Hawaiian goddess of earth and fertility. Haumea's name was approved Wednesday by the International Astronomical Union in Paris.

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Topeka Police Investigate School Bus Accident

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Topeka police are investigating a Friday afternoon accident involving a school bus and two other vehicles. Police say there were a total of 27 people involved in the accident. No one was injured.

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OJ Jurors Hear Recording of Hotel Confrontation

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Jurors in O.J. Simpson's armed robbery and kidnapping trial on Friday heard a recording of the football star angrily accusing two memorabilia dealers of stealing his mementoes and saying, "Don't let nobody out of this room."

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$6B storm? Ike's economic impact is felt widely

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Shrimpers and oystermen lost their boats to the muck. Tourist areas on the coast that should be bustling at the start of convention season are flattened. Lingering power outages are keeping offices empty and restaurants closed from Texas through the Midwest.

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Woman Finds 'Goldilocks' Snoring in Her Son's Bed

Posted: 09/19/2008 - A man was charged with burglary after he allegedly broke into a home, ate cheese from the refrigerator, made a mess in a bathroom and fell asleep on a child's bed. Tracy Mullins, 47, of Billings, was arraigned in District Court on Thursday by video from the county jail.

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Milk Off Shelves as China's Safety Scandal Grows

Posted: 09/19/2008 - China's food safety crisis widened Friday after the industrial chemical melamine was found in milk produced by three of the country's leading dairy companies - prompting stores, including Starbucks, to yank milk from their shelves.

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Ike Helps Uncover Mystery Vessel on Ala. Coast

Posted: 09/19/2008 - When the waves from Hurricane Ike receded, they left behind a mystery - a ragged shipwreck that archeologists say could be a two-masted Civil War schooner that ran aground in 1862 or another ship from some 70 years later.

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Bailout Plan May Cost a Half-trillion or More

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Struggling to stave off financial catastrophe, the Bush administration on Friday laid out a radical bailout plan with a jawdropping price tag - a takeover of a half-trillion dollars or more in worthless mortgages and other bad debt held by tottering institutions.

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Woman revises lawsuit over Heath Ledger tape

Posted: 09/19/2008 - A magazine freelancer suing two photographers and a paparazzi agency over a video that purportedly shows Heath Ledger doing drugs has amended her lawsuit to downplay her role as a reporter.

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Investigator: Palin probe to end before election

Posted: 09/19/2008 - The Alaska lawmaker directing an abuse-of-power investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin promised Friday the probe will be finished before the election, despite refusals by key witnesses to testify, including the governor's husband.

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A tumultuous week ends with Wall Street remade

Posted: 09/19/2008 - One of the most tumultuous weeks in the 216-year history of Wall Street closed with a dramatic two-day rally as investors celebrated an unprecedented government plan to cleanse banks of the bad mortgages that touched off a crisis in world finance.

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Ike helps uncover mystery vessel on Ala. coast

Posted: 09/19/2008 - When the waves from Hurricane Ike receded, they left behind a mystery - a ragged shipwreck that archeologists say could be a two-masted Civil War schooner that ran aground in 1862 or another ship from some 70 years later. The wreck, about six miles from Fort Morgan, had already been partially uncovered when Hurricane Camille cleared away sand in 1969.

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Fla. men guilty in beating homeless man to death

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Two men were convicted Friday of killing a homeless man with a baseball bat and viciously attacking two others in 2006. One of the beatings was captured on videotape, outraging homeless advocates nationwide.

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Galveston lays out plan for residents' return

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Authorities laid out a plan Friday - a week after Hurricane Ike began lashing the Texas coast with 110-mph winds and relentless storm surge - to let about 45,000 anxious evacuees back onto Galveston Island for good.

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O.J. jury taken on unannounced trip to Vegas hotel

Posted: 09/19/2008 - The man who set up O.J. Simpson's hotel room meeting that led to robbery charges a year ago testified Friday on the sequence of events that day after jurors made an unannounced field trip to the scene of the confrontation. "O.J. didn't want any other stuff," Thomas Riccio, a collectibles broker, told jurors as testimony resumed after the jury visit. "He said, 'I only want my stuff.'"

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Fla. authorities say they can't prove Foley case

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley won't face state or federal criminal charges for allegedly sending salacious computer messages to underage male pages, in part because authorities couldn't prove the authenticity of the chats, officials said Friday.

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$6B storm? Ike's economic impact is felt widely

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Shrimpers and oystermen are dredging their boats from the muck. Tourist areas on the coast that should be bustling at the start of convention season are flattened. Lingering power outages are keeping offices empty and restaurants closed from Texas through the Midwest.

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Bond Set for Topeka Homicide Suspect

Updated: 09/19/2008 - The suspect in a Topeka stabbing death is being held on $150,000 bond. Police say Darwin David Law and the victim, Jon Chiselom, were arguing before the incident early Friday morning.

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Gov't Rushing to Finish Huge Financial Rescue Plan

Posted: 09/19/2008 - The Bush administration sketched out a multi-faceted effort on Friday to confront the worst U.S. financial crisis in decades, outlining a program that could cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars to buy up bad mortgages and other toxic debt. Relief washed over Wall Street with a surge of buying.

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Ike Helps Uncover Mystery Vessel on Ala. Coast

Posted: 09/19/2008 - When the waves from Hurricane Ike receded, they left behind a mystery — a ragged shipwreck that archeologists say could be a two-masted Civil War schooner that ran aground in 1862 or another ship from some 70 years later. The wreck, about six miles from Fort Morgan, had already been partially uncovered when Hurricane Camille cleared away sand in 1969.

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