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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,176

Posted: 10/03/2008 - As of Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008, at least 4,176 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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Discovery of Fossett's plane brings closure

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Thirteen months after millionaire thrill-seeker Steve Fossett mysteriously disappeared, authorities finally know what happened to his small single-engine airplane: It slammed straight into a mountain on a cloudy day.

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Iraq's presidency approves elections law

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Iraq's presidential council on Friday ratified a law that paves the way for the first provincial elections in four years, officials said.

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Palin says debate went well as polls favor Biden

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin defended John McCain as a reform-minded maverick while Democratic rival Joe Biden sought to tie his longtime Senate colleague to unpopular Bush administration policies during their first face-to-face encounter and only debate.

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Wells Fargo agrees to buy Wachovia, Citi objects

Posted: 10/03/2008 - A battle broke out for control of Wachovia Friday as Wells Fargo signed a $15.1 billion agreement to buy the Charlotte, N.C.-based bank, while Citigroup and the federal regulators backing its earlier deal insisted that Citi's takeover bid go forward.

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Economy sheds most jobs since 2003, more cuts seen

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Jobs are vanishing at the fastest pace in more than five years with pink slips likely to keep stacking higher in the months ahead, an urgent signal the country may be careening toward a deep and painful recession just as Americans prepare to elect a new president.

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Economy Sheds Most Jobs Since 2003, More Cuts Seen

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Jobs are vanishing at the fastest pace in more than five years with pink slips likely to keep stacking higher in the months ahead, an urgent signal the country may be careening toward a deep and painful recession just as Americans prepare to elect a new president.

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Tax breaks big and small sweeten financial bailout

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Millions of taxpayers, thousands of businesses and groups as diverse as solar power developers and natural disaster victims will see tax relief with the House vote Friday to approve and send to the president a $700 billion financial rescue plan.

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Congress OKs historic bailout bill by big margin

Posted: 10/03/2008 - With the economy on the brink and elections looming, Congress approved an unprecedented $700 billion government bailout of the battered financial industry on Friday and sent it to President Bush for his certain signature.

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Wells Fargo Agrees to Buy Wachovia, Citi Objects

Posted: 10/03/2008 - A battle broke out for control of Wachovia Friday as Wells Fargo signed a $15.1 billion agreement to buy the Charlotte, N.C.-based bank, while Citigroup and the federal regulators backing its earlier deal insisted that Citi's takeover bid go forward.

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Pa. wildlife officer catches bear for 3rd time

Posted: 10/03/2008 - There's something about Scranton that must be special for this bear: He keeps returning. Pennsylvania Wildlife Conservation Officer Mark Rutkowski says the bear he caught near a Scranton elementary school is the same one he caught on Labor Day in Scranton - and the same one he tagged in April in nearby Moosic.

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DUI charge dropped: It was mare's milk, not beer

Posted: 10/03/2008 - A court in Kazakhstan has dropped drunken-driving charges against a man who admits he had a few drinks before he was arrested. The reason? He'd consumed fermented mare's milk, not beer or liquor.

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Offended neighbors get Utah park statue moved

Posted: 10/03/2008 - A Utah state park moved an American Indian-inspired statue of a humpbacked flute player Thursday after objections that it was offensive because the male figure is anatomically correct.

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Kansas State Professor: Foreign Policy Still Key

Posted: 10/03/2008 - A Kansas State University political science professor says that foreign policy issues regarding counterterrorism and Iran will remain a challenge for the next president's administration.

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Son Facing Charges in Death of Father, 85

Posted: 10/03/2008 - A western Kansas man has been returned to the state to face a first-degree murder charge in the death of his 85-year-old father.

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Man gets burned while using lighter to siphon gas

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Police said a man was arrested after he used a cigarette lighter while trying to siphon gasoline from a van. The man, who was visiting friends, went to drive home early Saturday but realized that he didn't have enough gas in his SUV.

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Decoys wanted: Ad drew look-alikes for Wash. thief

Posted: 10/03/2008 - An online advertisement offered $28.50 an hour to anyone who wore a blue, long-sleeved shirt, yellow safety vest, eye protection and ventilator mask and waited near a bank.

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