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UN: Nearly 17 Million Need Food in Horn of Africa

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Posted: 09/19/2008 - The U.N.'s humanitarian chief says nearly 17 million people in the Horn of Africa urgently need food. That's nearly double the number from earlier this year. The reasons: crippling drought, soaring food prices and fighting in Somalia and parts of Ethiopia.

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NY Democrat Rangel Calls Palin 'Disabled,' Then Says He Misspoke

Posted: 09/19/2008 - New York Congressman Charlie Rangel says he misspoke when he called Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin "disabled." It happened during an interview Rangel had with New York's WCBS T-V. Rangel was talking about what he says is Palin's lack of foreign policy experience.

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Maryland Inmate's Death Ruled Homicide

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Maryland medical examiner says inmate found dead in jail cell was strangled. Ronnie White had been accused in death of Cpl. Richard Findley. Investigators plan to question seven corrections officers with access to White's cell.

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Slain Preacher's Wife Wins Custody of Daughters

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Mary Winkler wins custody battle after improving relationship with in-laws. She is on probation for shotgun slaying of preacher husband Matthew. She was convicted of manslaughter after testifying about abuse.

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Rangel to New Yorkers: I'm 'Guerrilla War' Target

Posted: 09/19/2008 - U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangle, D-New York, is defending himself against ethics allegations. He's accused of not paying taxes on rental income and using congressional stationery to drum up private donations to get a college center named after him.

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Meals On Wheels Honors Volunteers

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Hundreds of volunteers were thanked for their hard work with a luncheon put on by Meals on Wheels. The organization says the group allows them to succeed.

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Obama Campaign Gets Official Soundtrack

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Artists like Kanye West, John Legend and Sheryl Crow are featured on "Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement." Sales from the CD or digital download will benefit the Obama campaign.

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Microsoft Retires Seinfeld Ad Campaign

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Microsoft commercials with Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Gates included pair buying shoes and were roundly criticized. Gates company says the spots were always meant to lead to another campaign.

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Envoys Can't Agree on New Iran Nuke Sanctions

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Senior envoys from the U.N. Security Council's five permanent membes and Germany can't agree on a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. However, the envoys did reaffirm their commitment to the offering incentives to stop their uranium enrichment.

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Envoys Can't Agree on New Iran Nuke Sanctions

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Diplomats from six major world powers, including the U.S., have failed to reach consensus on a fourth round of U.N. sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.

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Regulators Shut Down Ameribank in West Virginia

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Federal regulators have shut down a small bank in West Virginia. They say the bank has overextended loans for the rehabilitation of distressed properties. It was the 12th failure this year of a federally insured bank. Its branches will be reopened by other banks on Monday.

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Book on Billionaire Gets Personal

Posted: 09/19/2008 - A new biography of billionaire Warren Buffett reveals his lack of confidence as a young man, and his triumphs as a top businessman.

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Pumpkin Hurl Now Has More Than Half-mile of Room

Posted: 09/19/2008 - A pumpkin hurling contest in Washington had to increase its space after a squash was tossed 1,866 feet last year. The new space has a more than 3,000 feet gourd firing range. The defending champion uses a 78-foot-tall trebuchet.

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McCain Defends Retirement Accounts Amid Stock Dive

Posted: 09/19/2008 - John McCain will defend his support for privately investing Social Security money amid this week's economic turmoil. Barack Obama opposes the personal retirement accounts. McCain's campaign says there's no talk of outsourcing the program to the private sector.

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Chavez Won't Answer U.S. Candidates' 'Attacks'

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says both U.S. presidential candidates have been making attacks against him. He says he'll wait for one to be elected before they try to understand each other.

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Pols Ask Bush to Review Denied Medal of Honor

Posted: 09/19/2008 - A California congressional delegation asked President Bush on Friday to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to a Marine who was chosen to receive only the second-highest medal the Navy can bestow for valor.

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Kansas SRS Honored for Good Performance

Posted: 09/19/2008 - The USDA gave Kansas $1.5 million Friday to continue improvements in its Food Assistance Program. The money is a bonus for its high performance.

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Girl, Man Shot at High School in L.A. County

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Two young people have been shot and wounded at a high school in Los Angeles County. They are both in critical condition. The shooting occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Pacific time. No information is available on who fired the shots.

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Police: "Patton Shook his Victim"

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Arrests warrants in Leon Patton's child abuse case says he "feloniously and intentionally" shook the baby he's charged with abusing last July

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